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The 2016 Transformative Learning Conference

Downtown, Oklahoma City, OK, USA
March 31- April 1, 2016

Hosted by the University of Central Oklahoma

Keynote Workshop by Dr. Stephen Brookfield
 Pre-Conference by Dr. Dee Fink

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About the Conference:

The ​2016 ​Transformative ​Learning ​Conference ​challenges ​participants ​to ​demonstrate ​evidence-based ​classroom ​practices. ​Transformative ​learning, ​integrative ​learning, ​interdisciplinary ​learning, ​and ​holistic ​learning ​are ​prominent ​approaches ​in ​current ​college ​teaching ​and ​learning ​practice. ​Since ​2009, ​The ​University ​of ​Central ​Oklahoma ​formalized ​a ​campus-wide ​transformative ​learning ​initiative ​in ​both ​curricular ​and ​co-curricular ​learning ​and ​has hosted conferences for several years. Past ​Transformative ​Learning ​Conferences ​have ​featured ​keynoters ​Vincent ​Tinto, ​Melissa ​Peet, ​and ​Dan ​Glisczinski. 

Workshop & Keynote Presenter:

Dr. Stephen Brookfield

Since beginning his teaching career in 1970, Stephen Brookfield has worked in England, Canada, Australia, and the United States, teaching in a variety of college settings. He has written, co-written or edited seventeen books on adult learning, teaching, critical thinking, discussion methods and critical theory, six of which have won the Cyril O. Houle World Award for Literature in Adult Education (in 1986, 1989, 1996, 2005, 2011 and 2012). He also won the 1986 Imogene Okes Award for Outstanding Research in Adult Education (AAACE) and  the Philip E. Frandson Award for Literature in Continuing Higher Education, (2013) awarded by the University Professional Continuing Education Association, (UPCEA). His work has been translated into German, Korean, Finnish, Chinese, Japanese, Polish, Farsi, and Albanian. In 1991, he was awarded an honorary doctor of letters degree from the University System of New Hampshire for his contributions to understanding adult learning. In 2001, he received the Leadership Award from the Association for Continuing Higher Education (ACHE) for "extraordinary contributions to the general field of continuing education on a national and international level." 

He currently serves on the editorial boards of educational journals in Britain, Canada and Australia, as well as in the United States. During 2002, he was a Visiting Professor at Harvard University. In 2003, he was awarded an honorary doctor of letters degree from Concordia University (St. Paul). After 10 years as a Professor of Higher and Adult Education at Columbia University in New York, he now holds the John Ireland Endowed Chair at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota where he recently won the university's Diversity Leadership Teaching & Research Award and also the John Ireland Presidential Award for Outstanding Achievement as a Teacher/Scholar. In 2008 he also received the Morris T. Keeton Award of the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning for his outstanding contributions to adult and experiential learning. In 2009 he was inducted into the international Adult Education Hall of Fame and in 2010 he received an honorary doctor of letters degree from Muhlenberg College. In 2008 he was awarded the Morris T. Keeton Award of the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning for "significant contributions to the field of adult and experiential learning." He was also awarded the Coin of Excellence from the General Army Staff Command College.


Dr. Stephen Brookfield

Dr. Stephen Brookfield, conference keynoter, 2008 winner of the Morris T. Keeton Award of the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning, and author/editor of 17 books.



Transformative Learning 
in the News

STLR Title III Grant

Having received a large Title III federal grant to support our implementation of Transformative Learning here at UCO, we’re eager to learn from participants and presenters and to share information about our Student Transformative Learning Record (STLR) initiative. 

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Student Transformative Learning Record
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UCO receives $7.7 million STLR federal grant:
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Gates Foundation
Committee &
Group Activity

As a member of the Gates Foundation’s Evidence for Learning Advisory Committee and Leading Academic Change Summit, UCO is also eager to learn from participants and presenters about how Transformative Learning intersects with competency-based education at your institutions.