Art & Science of Learning

The Art and Science of Learning



by Gina Merys, Assistant Director, Reinert Center

During the 2013-2014 academic year the Reinert Center is focusing on the theme, The Art and Science of Learning.  During both the fall and spring semesters, we will be offering programs and events highlighting approaches to and research on knowledge making.  We will focus on a broad range of topics, including: Ignatian Pedagogy, using learning technologies, service learning and more.

For instance, on Thursday, October 10, 2013 we will be hosting Dr. Russell Carpenter who will be conducting a workshop for faculty and graduate students entitled, “Applied Creative Learning: Innovative Approaches for Teaching and Learning.”  This interactive workshop will introduce the idea of applied creative thinking while distilling research on creativity and whether creative thinking can be taught. Participants will be prompted to consider the place of creativity in their own disciplines and will be introduced to practical strategies for teaching students to think creatively. This session will provide hands-on “play” time for participants to identify practical ways they can teach students to think creatively in their own disciplines

Additionally, we are offering a new series of one-hour brown bag Teaching with Technology Forums; a series of short interactive sessions aimed at exploring how technology might be used in support of a teaching goal.  For information about individual session topics and to register visit our events page.

Several of our Effective Teaching Seminars focus on aspects of the theme as well.  One such ETS session entitled, “Creating an Effective Learning Environment,” will be facilitated by Drs. Ann Hayes and Darina Sargeant (Physical Therapy).

We will also have more offerings focused on the theme for the spring semester, including our annual, day-long Winter Institute on January 9, 2014.  This year’s Institute will feature Dr. Donna LaVoie (Psychology, and Assoc. Dean of Arts and Sciences) as our keynote speaker as well as several faculty led breakout sessions on a variety of topics.

Stay informed about all of our programs and events by visiting our events page; we add new offerings quite frequently.