According to InternetLiveStats.com, Google processes over 40,000 search queries every second, conducts over 3.5 million searches per day and 1.2 trillion searches per year world-wide. The internet ‘know-it-all’ Wikipedia is known to claim over 31 million articles in 258 languages (‘About Wikipedia’ 2014). Thus, students today have better access to much more information than ever before. It was Richard P. Keeling who mentioned in his 2004 book, Learning Reconsidered: A Campus-Wide Focus on the Student Experience, ‘“…knowledge is no longer a scare or stable – commodity. (It) is changing so rapidly that specific information may become obsolete before a student graduates and has the opportunity to apply it’ (Pg.4).
Now you may think that this vast amount of information (sometimes conflicting) may hamper the confidence level of students with respect to what they know and believe. However, an opposite effect is often sited. It is seen that highly dubious information is vouched as true just because it is found over the internet. Students are lacking the skills to evaluate claims of various sources today. All this has made Higher Educational Institutions think of ways that would provide a positive impact on critical thinking skills in their students. Here’s where Service Learning comes in the picture. A teaching method combining classroom instructions with meaningful community service, Service learning provides emphasis on enhancing the critical thinking capability of its student and also enhancing the sense of community service, personal responsibility and civic engagement. Research reports demonstrate that Service Learning and other ‘high impact’ practices have been able to dramatically improve the higher order thinking skills, persistence level and success rate in students.
This conference by expert speaker Dr. Adam E. Peck will make a case for service learning at this critical time in higher education.Training Objective:
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Dr. Adam Peck
Dr. Adam Peck serves as Assistant Vice President and Dean of Student Affairs at Stephen F. Austin State University. Additionally, he is a consultant/trainer who specializing in making assessment relatable to staff with a wide variety of backgrounds. ... More info