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Engaging Imagination in Higher Education: The Power of Cognitive Tools

April 18, 2019, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM, Conference Center Oak Room

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Gillian Judson, Executive Director of the Centre for Imagination in Research, Culture and Education (CIRCE), Simon Fraser University

Research shows that emotional engagement is required for memory, complex thinking, and decision-making. Students’ emotional engagement with subject matter contributes to their motivation, to deep understanding, and the application of learning to real-world contexts. In short, emotion matters. Of course, educators already know this. We all strive to engage our students meaningfully with our curriculum because we know that’s when real learning happens. This seminar describes how “cognitive tools” bring emotional and imaginative engagement to the center of the teaching-learning dynamic. Find out how to maximize emotional engagement in your courses by employing the cognitive tools of Imaginative Education. What’s in your toolkit?

Participants will be introduced to Imaginative Education (IE), an approach to teaching that centralizes emotional engagement with the teaching of all subject matter. IE offers a new understanding of how knowledge grows in the mind, and how our imaginations work and change during our lives. In particular, this seminar will focus on the particular features of the adult learner’s imaginations and how “cognitive tools” can be employed to support imaginative engagement and learning.  Participants will be introduced to easy-to-use “cognitive tools” that can maximize emotional engagement and learning for the adult learners in their classes.

#imaginED www.educationthatinspires.ca


Theme for 2018–19: Partnership

While solitude has its purposes and charms, many activities like teaching and learning benefit from partnership. Just as we at the Sherrerd Center believe that there are many different ways to teach well and that all teaching is improvable, we understand that there are a variety of different kinds of partnership (student-faculty, peer instructor, institutional, community, etc.) and all partnerships are improvable. Learn more about this year’s theme.


Teaching for Inclusion and Equity: Focus on Supporting Students’ Mental Well-Being

Tuesday, January 22, 2019, 12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Conference Center Paradise Room (lunch provided)

Facilitated by Floyd Cheung, Director of the Sherrerd Center
with partners from Student Life, Class Deans, Wellness, Disability Services, and Counseling Services

Every January, the Sherrerd Center for Teaching and Learning offers a workshop to all faculty and instructional staff. The goal each time is to increase our capacity for living into the Sherrerd Center mottos: There are many different ways to teach well. All teaching is improvable. Good teaching is necessarily inclusive.

Having heard from students about their needs and concerns this year, we plan to offer a workshop focused on improving our teaching in ways that promote inclusion and equity by supporting their mental well-being.

A list of probable readings to be posted on Moodle follows:

  • Center for Research on Learning and Teaching (CRLT) at the University of Michigan - Supporting Students Facing Mental Health Challenges
  • Price, Margaret. "Ways to Move: Presence, Participation, and Resistance in Kairotic Space." Mad at School: Rhetorics of Mental Disability and Academic Life. U of Michigan P, 2011. 58-102.
  • Selingo, Jeffrey. “The New Generation of Students: How Colleges Can Recruit, Teach, and Serve Gen Z.” Chronicle of Higher Education (focus on section 2, “Teaching Gen Z”)
  • Notes from Listening Session with Smith College House Presidents’ Association, 10/25/18 (shared with permission)
  • “What I Wish My Professors Knew”
  • “What I Wish My Students Knew” (in process)