The group of faculty who participated in the small group meetings was highly diverse, with 19 faculty representing all five of ONU’s colleges (including pharmacy, law, business, arts and sciences, and engineering). The backgrounds of faculty spanned psychology, religion, English, chemistry, law, business, and pharmacy, with at least one representative from each of College of Engineering’s traditional disciplines offered at ONU (civil, mechanical, electrical, and computer).
The diversity of participant backgrounds and areas created a great mix to discuss curiosity and means of engaging our students in different disciplines.
The Small Group Grant supported six meetings during the Spring 2015 semester, held at the Inn at Ohio Northern. In these meetings, faculty discussed how themes and ideas from Curious relate to pedagogy and ultimately how to implement activities in the classroom to stimulate the curiosity of our students. One outcome that developed from the faculty discussions is presented with more detail, so that you can begin to consider how this book may be used on your campus.
Based on the small group meetings on Curious (and, more generally, curiosity), Dr. Heath LeBlanc decided to use the book in his freshman engineering orientation course as a means to instill a curious mindset in his students.