Cultivating creative and engaged learners through strengths-based approaches

Nance Lucas, Linda Schwartzstein

Session Information

Year: 2016 | Time: 4:15pm-5:45pm (Poster Session) | Location: (Fenwick 2nd Floor) Poster Session


Mason instructional faculty have the opportunity to use a Gallup self-discovery assessment, StrengthsFinder, free to Mason faculty, staff and students, that has been proven to enhance student engagement in and outside the classroom (Lopez, S. J., & Louis, M. C., 2009).  The strengths-based educational approach and applications can be applied universally across all disciplines and fields, enhancing students’ learning and engagement.  Once a student understands their top 5 talents, instructors can create and use a wide variety of activities and assignments to engage the students in reflective learning.  This interactive session will feature best practices using strengths-based approaches and the StrengthsFinder assessment from instructional faculty in various academic colleges.  Participants will explore the various ways they can integrate strengths in academic courses.


active learning; experiential learning; active learning classrooms; well-being; mindfulness; digital tools; evidence-based practices; student engagement; reflective practice


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