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Assistant Professor of Biology
Illinois Wesleyan University
In recent years, higher education has morphed from fact-cramming in lecture halls to real-world learning experiences that blur the lines between passively acquiring knowledge and actively applying concepts. At IWU, we are embracing this new way of â€œsignatureâ€ learning. Yet, how do professors (like myself) that were educated in lecture halls succeed in breaking down the walls and engaging our students in real-world learning?
The answer, I believe, is to look to the real-world. That means identifying challenges that impact our community. It involves a willingness to meet new people outside of academia, seek their advice, and then be ready to try new things collaboratively. Today I will tell you a story of how a signature experience for my students came about, how it continues to evolve, why it involves lasers, chickens and medicine, and what this all means for student learning at IWU.