Book Club

The DSA Professional Development Committee is proud to announce the next Book Club educational opportunity. Please review the information below, and if interested, RSVP by Wednesday, November 6th, 2013.

Overview of the Book (Article)

Learning Reconsidered: A campus wide focus on the student experience (2004)
Learning Reconsidered 2: A Practical Guide to Implementing A Campus-Wide Focus on the Student Experience (2006)

When published in 2004, Learning Reconsidered: A campus wide focus on the student experience presented an argument for the “integrated use of all of higher education’s resources in the education and preparation of the whole student” while balancing the principles of learning and development being at the center of the growth experience for our students. Learning Reconsidered 2: A Practical Guide to Implementing A Campus-Wide Focus on the Student Experience, published in 2006, provides a blue-print for action that supports the intentional development of institutional learning outcomes before the creation of programs and interventions, calls for improvements in the quality of student learning and the integration of traditionally isolated elements of the curriculum, and discussing how Student Affairs and Academic affairs are integral partners in creating dialogue, tools and materials that establish a culture of learning.

This Book Club will be a facilitated discussion around these two pivotal articles where learning is a comprehensive, holistic, and transformative activity which integrates both academics and student development. Essentially, learning in higher education is not about content (learning facts), but about personal development (learning to think and application of knowledge). We will discuss both articles and note connections to the University of Houston and the Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Services during the first two sessions, and utilize our third session to for case study analysis around the topics presented in the two articles and identify connections to our current and future work at UH.


Timeline

Wednesday, November 6: RSVP Deadline (Deadline date only – no meeting)
Friday, November 8: Listserv set up for those who are registered (set up so that all participants can read and post thoughts, insights, questions, etc.) (introductory listserv email sent)
Wednesday, November 13 12:00-1:30p.m.: Discuss Learning Reconsidered (UC Fort Worth Room #237)
Wednesday, November 20 12:00-1:30p.m.: Discuss Learning Reconsidered 2 (UC Bayou City Room #202)
Wednesday, December 11 12:00-1:30p.m.: Case Studies, Application to UH and Discussion (UC Bluebonnet Room #250)


Facilitator

Keith T. Kowalka, Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs – Student Life

These two publications are available in a PDF:
Learning Reconsidered 1
Learning Reconsidered 2

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