On our most recent episode of Learner Center Spaces we had the opportunity to talk to Joshua Eyler.
“Joshua Eyler, Ph.D. is Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning and Director of the Think Forward Quality Enhancement Plan at the University of Mississippi, where he is also Clinical Assistant Professor of Teacher Education. He previously worked on teaching and learning initiatives at Columbus State University, George Mason University, and Rice University. A sought-after speaker for his expertise about the science of learning and about compassion in education, especially in connection with students, grades, and mental health, he has spoken at college and universities across the country, including Yale University, University of Texas, and Johns Hopkins University.”
“Eyler is the author of the acclaimed book How Humans Learn: The Science and Stories behind Effective College Teaching (West Virginia University Press, 2018), which Book Authority named “100 Best Education Books of All Time”. Called a “splendid repository of ways to rethink how we teach college” by the Los Angeles Review of Books, it was named a “Book of the Year” in the Chicago Tribune. His forthcoming book, Scarlet Letters: How Grades are Harming Children and Young Adults, and What We Can Do about It (West Virginia University Press), is about one of the most urgent issues in education today, grading and alternative assessment.”
“In his free time, Eyler coaches his daughter’s youth softball team and tries valiantly to perfect his gumbo recipe.”
In our conversation, Josh draws important parallels between K-12 and Higher Education. He notes that the qualities of Learner Centered Spaces are not very different – students should be doing things, moving around, and sometimes silently thinking hard about big beautiful questions.
Josh also talks to us about grading reform and the perceptions that college admissions officers have about alternative transcripts. Spoiler alert: students with an alternative transcript are NOT at a disadvantage. Learn more by listening to the show on Apple or Spotify and by checking out Josh’s forthcoming book, “Scarlet Letters”.
Josh also recommends that you learn from the many amazing people in the alternative grading community: Starr Sackstein, Arthur Chiavelli, Emily Donahoe, Nick Covington, Jesse Stommel, Susan Blum, Courtney Sobers, and Drew Lewis.