STLR International Film Premiere Panel

STLR International Film Premiere Panel

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And so, with that as a preview, um, it's  my pleasure to move now, immediately into   the panel portion. I will introduce each  of our panelists individually as they begin   their presentations, but to let you know - from  Technological University Dublin we have Sandra   Thompson, from Universidade Presbiterinana  Mackenzie we have Dr. Jeanette Brunstein,   and from California State University  Monterrey Bay we have Dr. Corin Slown. And so,   it's my pleasure now to introduce Sandra  - Sandra Thompson - who is an experienced   lecturer with a demonstrated history of working  in the higher education industry with current   academic research interests in the financial  technology area. Sandra is skilled in management  

and cost accounting, tax accounting, income  tax, financial accounting, external audit,   and international financial reporting standards.  But we at UCO have a special relationship   with Sandra and Technological University Dublin  - as well as many other great colleagues there.   Sandra there, at TU Dublin, teaches and has  been instrumental in TU Dublin's adoption   and implementation of STLR. So, it's my  great pleasure to introduce Sandra to you. Thank you very much, Jeff. From my experiences  working with the UCO crew - and with STLR - has   been fantastic, and I suppose to tell as why we  wanted to bring STLR to TU Dublin as to there   has been a shift in demand from an  industry of what the skills of what our   graduates need. So, if we look at the world in  an economic form, the 2020 records said that  

there were ten emergent skills - seven of those  skills was pliability skills - the soft skills.   So we needed a way to ensure that our graduates  can leave TU Dublin with those skills intact, and   STLR allows us to do that through transformative  learning. We met Jeff back in May 2018,   so we have got great help. I call my colleagues in  TU Dublin colleagues, but I also call my friends   in UCO colleagues, so we have got a great working  relationship. But I can really - I suppose   it's - a lot of the skills that we are developing  in a curriculum - we can put them in practice,   using STLR. Okay, so STLR will give them the  skills so that they can really reflect on what  

they've learned within the curriculum, but will  also give them the skills so that they can pair   those lifelong learning skills into the workforce.  A lot of the pliability skills like teamwork,   leadership, critical thinking, and all of those  skills come to develop through transformative   learning and through reflective practice. So I  suppose to tell you where we are now, well, we   have over 1,000 students, and we want to enroll  the whole university - which is 28,000 students   across three campuses in Dublin. We have developed  an IT platform which will help us - and that went   live in September 2020. It will act as an enabler  for us to spread STLR across the university.   I suppose one word of advice from us and what we  have learned is that it's really important to have   everybody around from the very beginning - when  we went over to Oklahoma to see how STLR worked,   we couldn't get over the fact that STLR is  integrated in every part of the University   over there. We went down into different rooms  and STLR is everywhere, and I think that is  

really important factor for us - that when we come  back to Dublin when we were going to implement it,   we had IT around the table, we had finance, we  had HR - which is human resource in Ireland,   we had the president - really he's the president  of the campus, he gave us really, really   huge support because he could see the benefit  of it. I think you need that top management   support from the very beginning. As well as that  lead student representatives - we had learning,   teaching, and assessment, and a center advising us  in the direction that we should be going with it.   And I think it's important that it's pointed out  to the students that they see the benefit from   the very beginning, and we don't want students to  see this as extra work. Because they're already  

developing themselves from year 1 to year 4  - STLR firmly recognizes their development,   the holistic development of the student. I  hope I haven't run on too long - sorry Jeff. That's wonderful, Sandra. What we're going to do  for each of our speakers is to allow attendees   to type in some questions into the chat and I  think the best way that this panel will work   is we may take a few immediately after each  panelist's presentation - but I'm assuming that   we'll probably have the greatest number to kind of  page through - if you will - at the end of all of   the presentations. So, if you have questions about  Technological University Dublin's implementation   of STLR - or questions for Sandra - please type  them into the chat, as well as following our   other panelists. So Sandra, please send UCO's  best wishes back to TU Dublin and all of the great   people that we've had the very wonderful pleasure  to meet when TU Dublin was so gracious to bring a   small group of us there to do the first round of  STLR faculty training and so forth. So, we were  

delighted to provide some Oklahoma welcoming when  you were here - but it was just wonderful, it was   a delightful visit when we were there helping  in the very early stages of your STLR launch. I will for sure Jeff, thank you. Surely. Well, what we'll do now is  move to our second panelist. Dr.   Jeanette Brunstein is provost for undergraduate  education at Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie   in Sao Paulo, Brazil. She's been a professor  in Mackenzie University's College of Economics,   Accounting, Business, and Marketing. And of  particular note about Dr. Brunstein's research   is her focus on sustainability and transformative  learning. Jeanette has mentored numerous doctoral  

students as part of her duties and is  a global advocate and ambassador for   transformative learning. We also have a delightful  connection with Jeanette, because she spent   a semester here - a fall semester in 2017  - doing research about sustainability   and how STLR is a part of what we do here  to help inculcate a sustainability ethos   among our students and our graduates. So, we are  delighted now to present Dr. Jeanette Brunstein. Thank you very much for introducing me, Jeff. It's  a pleasure to be here talking to you all - with  

people that are so interested in hard work to  transform students' experiences. It's a very   meaningful education of experiences. As Jeff told  you, I am Jeanette Brunstein - I'm from Brazil,   Sao Paulo - and I have been working at Mackenzie  Prebiritan University for around 15 years. It's   starting critical reflection and transformative  learning towards sustainability. And also,  

I'm coordinating research projects with federal  finance to introduce TL and critical reflection   in business school and advising a lot of doctoral  students about the transformative learning.   I have now a new position, as a provost for  undergraduate students and I saw this as a huge   opportunity to adopt STLR as a core educational  policy in Brazil since it was wonderful what   I saw when I was at UCO. I would like to -  if you allow me - to share some slides here.   Okay, can you see my presentation?  Yeah? Oh, thank you very much.  

Let me introduce Mackenzie - Mackenzie is a  150-year university with three campi. Around   40,000 students and more than 1,000 professors  - most of them with master and doctoral degree.   And we have 37 undergraduate courses  and 12 graduate programs. So,  

we have a lot of research areas - economics,  governance, cultural, health, education, business,   and a lot of undergraduate courses - philosophy,  technology, business administration, engineer, and   so on. And here are some pictures of the campus  - for you to get an idea. 150 years university's   first library - very, very beautiful. And  a lot of the first engineering beauty. It's   so very American university - the famous tile with  bricks. Here it is actually more modern nowadays.   The most important thing, I'm here with Jeff  King in the Fall 2017 to do my post-doctorate,   and I had an opportunity to be a part of the  STLR training process. Seeing what you are doing.   Wanting to work with professors to introduce  STLR - and here I'm working at UCO. Very happy,  

I was very happy when I was there. And all of the  research turned up in an important publication   about Organizing Reflection to Address  Collective Dilemmas: Engaging Students and   Professors with Sustainable Development in Higher  Education. And it is important, not just because   researchers around the world are looking at what  we've done. But there is scientific validation   about the importance of transformative learning  to transform a mindset. We are not doing this  

because we think it is important. We can validate  scientifically what we are doing. And so, I became   provost for undergraduated students education. And  we started to adopt STLR - we called MACK STLR.   Our version of the STLR program. First of all,  we start creating space for organizing reflection  

institutionally. And one of these initiatives  was the implementation of reflective meetings   with faculty that happen once in a week.  And these meetings are becoming very popular   among the professors. We made the webinar with  Jeff king, Nalini, Sandra Thompson, Paul Dervan,   and others in the semester opening to kick off  the TL project institutionally. And it was very  

important because it gives us credibility to  start the process because around the world   there is people doing the  same with very success. And   I create workgroups. We create our own set  of roundings of discussions with all academic   staff to decide the core competencies, or tenets,  developing with the students - and we try to do   this in a very bottom-up process.  It has a collective construction   because the professor has to identify themselves  in the process of transformative learning.   And we are now doing rounds of validation  with specialists from inside and outside of   the university - market representatives. So, the  professor decided what would be the competencies,  

we validate it with specialists, and now we  are validating it with the market. So we have   an ongoing process. And here - the webinar -  we did it in the beginning of the semester;   what will be the next step? So we will start our  UCO STLR training - I hope this year, yet I don't   know. We will start writing out educational policy  around TL, and I hope next year - in the beginning   of next year we will have our pilot experiences  in entrepreneurship discipline that is transversal   in UPM. So all students, from engineering,  journalism, and business school can   live these experiences of what does  STLR is. So, thank you very much!   We are in the beginning, but we are  very, very excited about this experience.

Wonderful, thank you, and thanks for sharing  the beautiful pictures, Jeanette. I will share   a funny story about Jeanette's time here in UCO,  and it's prompted because as I look out my window   the ice has literally drooped the branches down  and it may still be freezing outside - but on one   particular day, Jeanette, who was staying across  the street from our campus, and she always walked   over to campus to work, it was one of those  very, very cold, Oklahoma pre-winter days,   and when Jeanette got here, she said to me  she thought she was going to die walking over. We don't have this climate in Brazil. So we are very happy here at - in Oklahoma to see  those lovely, warm pictures that you showed of   your campus, Jeanette. Um, one of the things that  um you had mentioned Jeanette, that came up were   the reflective meetings that  you have with faculty there at   UCO. Can you explain a little bit more about  what occurs - how the things that faculty talk  

about - what you're trying to elicit as a  result of those reflective conversations?

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