I attended a workshop on Monday
March 4th titled “Transforming
Learning Environments via Student
Partnership” It was about getting both
students and faculty to work together to
enhance the learning experience.
Since my group was all faculty but me,
I got a pretty good idea about how
professors think. They’re always between
either including students in the learning
experience rather than just being lectured
at, or tgey think students are not mature
enough or don’t have a previous experience
that would qualify them to be their partners.
An example said by one of the professos
in my group was, she said that she was
teaching a 400 level capstone history
course and wanted to make the
students partners in the learning
experience, but unfortunately,
none of them has studied history before.
Therefore, they have no idea how to
choose topics that are of great value
to them. However, she decided to make
them partners on a smaller scale such
as choosing where they have the class,
modifying some deadlines, and the
format they see best in which they’d be
taught(similar to this course). 2 other
professors were teaching scientific thinking.
They decided to add a last chapter on
a topic the students chose by a vote.
Some of these topics include but not
limited to abortion, space, and public health.
The students choose the most interesting to
them by voting and have the last 3 lectures
to learn more about the topic. We also had
a small discussion about the grades,
who’s interested in the grade and how
can it affect the learning process.
I felt like I have a seat at the table.
If more professors do that, consider
the students as partners, the learning
experience would be much better.
This workshop actually made me
think about omr more carrer path
which is academia. Im order to make a
difference, there has to be a major
contribution. That’s why if more
profs are making the students partners,
we’d witness a whole new generation
that is responsible for its own learning,
has great team work skills, and respects
all opinions around it. I think the workshop
could have been more focused by having
certain questions that would initiate the
discussion at every table like we did with the
first question, the what can change
in the major or university in general to
make the learning experience better.
The google doc was a great idea,
since we didn’t get to hear from every
table and would convey our message
to people abroad.