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2012 Transformative Learning Conference • April 5, 2012

The goal for the 2012 Transformative Learning Conference is to help problem-solve through Transformative Learning. At this year’s conference universities/colleges will be the client; faculty, staff and students will be the consultants. Participants will be able to creatively share solutions to challenges regarding the development of academic majors, university programs and campus initiatives that can effectively integrate the 'Central Six' tenets in a meaningful way.

How will this conference work:

Faculty, staff and students will submit the challenges prior to the conference that they have experienced or observed regarding the transformative learning process. These questions will be reviewed by the conference committee and panels will be formed to discuss each question. Faculty, staff and students will have the opportunity to apply to participate as discussion group members. Each panel will have a moderator and two writers. This process reflects the conference title. We will engage through the submission of challenges that exist on campuses; we will innovate through discussion and collaboration amongst participation; and will solve the challenges that exist. The call for questions closes on February 21, 2012.

Moderators: Scholars and educators in their own right, moderators keep the conversation moving in the discussion sessions. It is their job to elicit comments and critical perspectives from discussion group members and to direct discussion to some resolution that can be captured in written articles. The conference committee has selected these individuals from our campus community who have shown commitment and leadership in the six tenets of transformative learning.

Writers: Members of campus communities with an active publication record are assigned to the topical groups. Their role is to distill core ideas; report on the diversity or similarity of opinion; and position the discussion within the current discourse on higher education and transformative learning. The writers report out what they hear at the end of the conference and follow up with published articles.

Student Presentations:  Students were encouraged to submit their answer to the question, "How was I transformed?" The Transformative Learning Conference Committee will select 12 students to share their transformative experiences during the 2012 conference. These students will be included in “video testimonials” that will play continuously during the first hour of the lunch break during the conference in constitution hall. From these 12 students, we will select 6 students to participate in a transformative learning discussion panel that will take place in constitution hall before the afternoon conference sessions. For questions regarding student presentations, please contact tlconference@uco.edu or 405.974.5570.

Questions and Comments:
For enquiries regarding this conference, please contact tlconference@uco.edu or 405.974.5570.