What is Connection Through Reflection?

What is Connection Through Reflection?

March 21st, 2023 • Jada Bonds


Joan Gavaler is a Professor of Dance, Co-Artistic Director of Aura CuriAtlas Physical Theatre, and former STLI Faculty Fellow.

Instructors can help students connect their own interests to their courses using this simple tool developed by STLI Faculty Fellow Joan Gavaler and STLI Assistant Director Mike Blum. They presented their workshop on Connection through Reflection at the Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy (CHEP) at Virginia Tech on Thursday, February 16th, 2023. There’s a helpful worksheet and a short course for anyone who’d like to learn more about the exercise.

“On February 16, Joan Gavaler and I presented Joan’s learning exercise, Connection Through Reflection, to a full house at Virginia Tech’s Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy (CHEP). Over 40 educators from across Virginia and beyond participated in a practice workshop where Joan took them through the steps of her exercise. We also introduced her new online short course, available at no charge at W&M Academy here” – Mike Blum