Center for Innovative Learning

Center for Innovative Learning

Center for Innovative Learning Mission Statement
The Center offers a broad vision wherein the Schreiner community embraces diversity, includes collaborative and interdisciplinary research and scholarship, and encompasses community in its largest sense.  The Center for Innovative Learning provides a structure to coordinate and expand upon activities currently enriching Schreiner University’s formal educational program.  The Center’s ultimate vision is to develop a whole and learned global community, leading toward wisdom. (adopted 30 November 2004)

WHAT’S NEW AT THE CENTER FOR INNOVATIVE  LEARNING (CIL)?  

IT’S A BIG IDEA -- A REALLY BIG IDEA

light bulb What are the big ideas and issues – both contemporary and enduring – that we want and need to contemplate at length and in depth?

What is justice? How do we constitute beauty? Is time a reality?  What does it mean to understand one’s vocation or to fulfill one’s civic duty? Who are the oppressed? How is the educated person to respond?

EACH YEAR A NEW ISSUE


Announcing . . .

BIG IDEA FOR 2014-2015
For the next academic year, our BIG IDEA theme is “The Art of Battling Giants,” and we will explore the curious nature of advantages and disadvantages, and how each can – under certain circumstances – become its opposite.  We will be hosting a summer reading group to discuss the Malcom Gladwell book David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants.  The summer reading group will allow us to explore, discuss, and debate the concepts and ideas Gladwell offers.

Copies of the book will be available to check out in the library or for purchase in the bookstore.

SUMMER READING SCHEDULE . . .

June 17, 2014
INTRODUCTION – THE STORY OF DAVID AND GOLIATH    
“Am I a dog that you should come to me with sticks?” ~ Goliath
Location and Time:  Scarle Philips Room in Wm. Logan Library at 4:00 p.m.
    Presented by:    Dr. Tim Summerlin, President of Schreiner University
                                  Dr. Charlie McCormick, Vice President of Academic Affairs and Provost
PART ONE – THE ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES (AND THE DISADVANTAGES OF ADVANTAGES)
Ch. 1.  “It was really random.  I mean, my father had never played basketball before” ~ Vivek Ranadive
Ch. 2.  “My largest class was twenty-nine kinds.  Oh, it was fun” ~ Teresa DeBrito
Ch. 3.  “If I’d gone to the University of Maryland, I’d still be in science” ~ Caroline Sacks

July 15, 2014
Location and Time:  Scarle Philips Room in Wm. Logan Library at 4:00 p.m.
    Presented by:  Dr. William Woods, Dean of Liberal Arts
                               Dr. Charles Hueber, Dean of Student Services
PART TWO – THE THEORY OF DESIRABILITY DIFFICULTY
    Ch. 1.  You wouldn’t wish dyslexia on your child.  Or would you? ~ David Boies
    Ch. 2.  “How Jay did it, I don’t know” ~ Emil “Jay” Freireich
    Ch. 3.  “De rabbit is de slickest o’ all de animals de Lawd ever made” ~ Wyatt Walder
PART THREE – THE LIMITS OF POWER
    Ch. 4.  “I wasn’t born that way.  This was forced upon me” ~ Rosemary Lawlor
    Ch. 5.  “We have all done something dreadful in our lives, or have felt the urge to: ~ Wilma Derksen
    Ch. 6.  “We feel obliged to tell you that there are among us a certain number of Jews” ~ Andre Trocme

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