This group was started to facilitate a collaborative exercise for a Franklin Humanities Institute Academic Futures workshop on "How to Transform a Traditional Course with Student-Centered Learning: A Workshop for Anyone Teaching or Preparing to Teach at the University Level" held at Duke University in December 2015. It is our hope that the members of the group continue to contribute new methods and inspiring practices for teaching and research, and that the group becomes a resource for those who are trying to transform their traditional teaching and research methods with student-centered practices.
The goal of this group is to provide ways to engage each and every student in a classroom, including in beginning courses and with students with no prior training in the subject matter. We know from several studies of the “tyranny of meritocracy” that our universities often preserve rather than minimize the inequality of society at large. Student-centered or progressive learning has been championed by thinkers as diverse as John Dewey, Paulo Freire, and Stuart Hall as well as by contemporary educators including Alfie Kohn and Carol Dweck. We need to work from theory to practice, sharing and refining methods for including multiple voices in the lecture hall and seminar classroom, for replacing summative with formative assessment, for including students into the creation of a syllabus, and for encouraging students to write their own learning contracts and a class constitution.
- Follow the discussion on twitter using the hashtags #fight4edu and #engagedscholar
- Join the group and post your syllabus or ideas on student-centered learning.
- The Pedagogy Project: A HASTAC Scholars collection of 90+ assignments and projects to shake up your syllabus.
- #FutureEd Pedagogical Innovations Wiki: Crowdsourced collection of pedagogical innovations created as part of the #FutureEd initiative.
- Towards a Pedagogy of Equality: Discussion Forum and Livestreamed event with the University Worth Fighting for series #fight4edu