Professor offers 'easy ways to embrace high-impact learning' in Chronicle of Higher Education article

Rebecca Pope-Ruark, associate professor of English, penned the article for the Chronicle's Oct. 28 issue focusing on innovation in higher education. 

Drawing from her experience leading a Winter Term course on publishing, Elon Professor Rebecca Pope-Ruark offers a few approaches to delivering high-impact learning during a short period of time in an article appearing in the Oct. 28 issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education. The article titled “3 Easy Ways to Embrace High-Impact Learning” appears in the Chronicle’s “Next: The Innovation Issue.”

Pope-Ruark writes that “We know from high-impact-learning experiences such as internships, study abroad, and undergraduate research that students learn when they are challenged to live with, and make sense of, complexity. If focused, immersive engagement, rather than seat time, is important for learning how can we introduce high-impact experiences into our traditional course settings, working within or around the traditional credit hour?”

Activities such a hackathons, time off for innovation and sprint prize competitions are “nontraditional experiences within courses or outside the classroom that are short and intensive but still challenging, immersive, and transformative,” Pope-Ruark writes.