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Learning through Stories: Using Pop Culture to Enhance Student Engagement
This full day workshop will present strategies for engaging students in the learning process through incorporating pop culture into lessons and assignments. It starts with a cognitive examination of the learning process and how our brains create stories that lead to schemas to help us understand and integrate new information. We will then examine ways in which our cognitions tell us stories about events, which lead to feelings and behaviors, in the context of learning. The third phase will take the attendees beyond the brain and emotions and into the social realm, exploring how the stories society (i.e., popular culture) tells influences us as a group as well as individual learners. Finally, a social justice perspective of storytelling in terms of civic engagement and methods for using these strategies in the classroom, regardless of topic, will be presented. You’ll engage in hands-on activities to illustrate the importance of popular culture and storytelling. The second half of the workshop will focus on small group activities designed to help attendees identify ways to integrate popular culture in their specific courses to enhance student engagement and subsequent learning. A stipend is available for eligible participants. Lunch is provided. Registration is required.