Center for Innovative Learning

About the Center for Innovative Learning

light bulbTHE BIG IDEA

What are the big ideas and issues – both contemporary and enduring - that we want and need to engage, but that our busy lives rarely give us time to contemplate at length and in depth?

What is justice? How do we constitute beauty? Is time a reality? What does it mean to understand one’s vocation or to fulfill one’s civic duty?  Who are the oppressed and how is the educated person to respond?

The Center for Innovative Learning enables the Schreiner community to engage in deliberate and intentional ways with these ideas and issues.

Each year, a faculty member or a group of Schreiner community members will propose a Big Idea or Big Issue, and the selected proposal will shepherd the community through a year-long inquiry and extended conversation around the topic.  Applications for the CIL theme are solicited in the spring before the academic year in which the theme will be addressed.  Individuals, formerly serving on the CIL Committee, will select the Big Idea for the following year. (Applications may be submitted to any of these individuals listed below).

At the end of the year, all members of the Schreiner community should better understand the idea or issue from a variety of perspectives and be able to articulate their own position regarding the idea and its impact on their world.

All of these scheduled events reflected on the CIL Calendar are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.  We encourage members of the Kerrville and the surrounding communities to participate.

Schreiner Faculty and Staff responsible for BIG IDEA selections:

Lane Tait, Vice President of Marketing
Schreiner University – Tel: 830. 792.7462

Dr. William Woods, Dean of Liberal Arts
Schreiner University – Tel: 830.792.7425

Dr. Kathleen Hudson, Professor of English
Schreiner University – Tel: 830.792.7409

Prof. Silke Feltz, Instructor of German and English
Schreiner University – Tel: 830.792.7324

Schreiner University invites you to explore one of the most enduring and age-old issues of all time . . .

For many students, coming to college is the first experience they have in exploring for themselves what their rights and responsibilities are.  Exploration quickly leads to an understanding that many-if not most-rights and responsibilities are constructed and negotiated by social and cultural groups.  Are there rights and responsibilities that are natural rights and not culturally constructed?  And are there rights and responsibilities that have become second-nature to us given the lack of critical reflection we give them?  The Schreiner Community will engage in a sustained conversation regarding the right we select and those that we own by virtue of our human condition.  We will explore, too, what our responsibilities are given the rights that accrue to others naturally or by decree.  Join us!