Building Soul and Measuring Flow in the Learning Environment

Building Soul and Measuring Flow in the Learning Environment

Donna Allen (A.T. Still University, USA)
Copyright: © 2015 |Pages: 13
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-8571-0.ch013
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Abstract

For effective learning to occur, a culture must be created that connects the students to the teacher, to each other and to the content. Faculty must use social capital to meet and exceed learning outcomes. The benefits of creating a sense of soul in the classroom so that flow can occur is the most important ingredient in ensuring success in the learning environment. Collectively the synergy of the course, the type and amount of learning and the type of community built in the learning environment can create a healthy or toxic environment. Academic and nonacademic indicators must be incorporated into the measurement of excellence in the learning environment because these strategies are required to be competitive in the job market and because it is the right thing to do. Strategies to support a global perspective through venues of economic, psychological, social and human capital towards a greater good are provided in this chapter.
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Background

Best practices in delivering information are well documented. Libraries of information exist on teaching strategies for every age and almost all content matter. While teaching strategies have been proven successful, the strategies are only as good as the students are in feeling engaged in the information and the level of safety they feel in speaking up to make an inquiry, a mistake or even an opportunity to creatively synthesize a new idea. Students feeling assured that their voices are heard and that a diversity of ideas can be expressed are indeed all components of classroom culture.

Learning strategies are only as efficient as the facilitator. Furthermore, the type and amount of information devoted to the greater good is sometimes lost in the content of a formula or theory. Thus, the need to include and engage all learners towards excellence in and outside of the classroom can be crafted and implemented to support all academic efforts. Experienced scholars have a drive to ensure that engagement and trust are high in the classroom. The art and science of creating a culture of learning, better known as social capital, is an area that deserves equal attention when reviewing best practices in the learning environment.

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