UMBC 2005: Research-rich learning environments

Experiential Learning Exercise

Communication with Potato Heads

Led by Judith Dilts, Associate Dean of the College of Science & Mathematics & Professor of Biology - James Madison University; and Dean, PKAL Leadership Institutes.

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Over the years PKAL has incorporated leadership experiential learning exercises into workshops, assemblies and summer leadership institutes. One rationale for engaging PKAL leaders in such exercises is to reveal how to analyze practices, structures, roles and procedures used by STEM leaders in their work of building robust (and research-rich) learning environments for undergraduate students.

Such exercises, intentionally scheduled after lunch, are an integral part of the PKAL leadership initiative and are an opportunity to explore leadership in theory and practice. One rationale for engaging PKAL leaders in such exercises is to reveal how to analyze practices, structures, roles and procedures used by STEM leaders in their work of building robust (and research-rich) learning environments for undergraduate students.

These exercises require, for most people, a shift of gears, and opening up a new way of examining their identity as leader, in context.