Creating Significant Learning Experiences: An HETL Interview with Dr. Dee Fink
- The quality of the professor’s course design, e.g., learning & assessment activities aligned with good learning goals;
- How well they interacted with students, e.g., enthusiasm, clarity, fairness;
- The quantity and quality of student learning; and
- Efforts to get better each year as a teacher, i.e., learning new ideas, changing the way they teach.
- What will students need to do, to achieve that kind of learning? And,
- What will they need to do, for them and us to know how well they are achieving each kind of learning?
- complex application skills (Application),
- how to connect one kind of knowledge with other kinds of knowledge (Integration),
- understanding themselves and how to interact with others vis-à-vis a particular kind of knowledge (Human Dimension),
- the values and interests that can be associated with new kinds of knowledge (Caring), and
- how to keep on learning about a subject after the course is over (Learning how to learn).
- Some of these are theories dealing with how students learn (e.g., learning styles, how the brain works; see also the recent book on the 7 principles of how students learn [v].
- Others pertain to some of the fundamental tasks of teaching:
- Others deal with some of the special situations and needs in teaching, for example:
- How to deal with large classes
- How to deal with beginning students
- How to teach creativity.