Is higher education preparing our students for a world in which they will have to contend with uncertainty and ambiguity? Are we addressing employers’ concerns that graduates do not possess the creative, critical thinking and communication skills needed in the workplace? This presentation starts from the premise that our current linear, course-based, educational practices are frequently at odds with how our neurological system facilitates learning and personal development. In contrast, Dr. Ludvik presents an alternative model emphasizing a holistic approach to education that integrates mindful inquiry practice, self-authorship and the regulation of emotion as the cornerstones of learning, and demonstrates how these align with the latest discoveries of brain science.

In Dr. Bresciani Ludvik’s current role, she coordinates the certificate in IR, planning, and assessment, and the masters in postsecondary educational leadership. Marilee’s research focuses on outcomesbased assessment program review effectiveness and the role of intuition in evidence-based decision making. Marilee’s most recent research focuses on the use of mindfulness-based training strategies in workshops and the classroom and how participants in these techniques decrease their stress and anxiety and increase their attention, emotion, and cognitive regulation as well as enhancing critical thinking, compassion, and creativity.

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Marilee Bresciani Ludvik
San Diego State University

CollabEx Live! 2015