Dr. Kathy Takayama is the Executive Director of the Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning and Professor of Molecular Biology, Cell Biology & Biochemistry at Brown University. Her current research extends across a broad spectrum, including ePortfolios and online learning; visualizations in learning; STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education; and higher education assessment and professional development. On April 9 and April 10, 2015, Dr. Takayama offered a lecture and a workshop at Auburn University which focused on creating learning cultures that foster metacognitive reflection. During her lecture, she discussed interdisciplinary thinking and its applicability to the academic and professional worlds. On the following day, faculty were invited to attend a workshop that focused on ePortfolios as inspiration for a metacognitive process of inquiry.
This presentation considers the tension between outcomes-focused, multimodal pathways navigated by today’s learners and the reflective habits of mind that are cultivated through practices that apply folio thinking (Blacklund et al. 2001) to novel situations. As institutions consider whether and how we are preparing our students for careers that increasingly depend upon the integration of knowledge domains, how do we as a society cultivate learning cultures that transcend the constraints of curricular structures and value uncertainty as a crucial component of learning?
– Dr. Kathy Takayama