Higher Ed In their lively and entertaining weekly discussion of issues related to higher education, KUT's Jennifer Stayton and Southwestern University President Dr. Ed Burger explore the topics of higher education, lifelong learning, and exercising the brain. Ed and Jennifer practice what they preach, too, by introducing math puzzlers and brain teasers to keep listeners on their toes.
Higher Ed

Higher Ed

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In their lively and entertaining weekly discussion of issues related to higher education, KUT's Jennifer Stayton and Southwestern University President Dr. Ed Burger explore the topics of higher education, lifelong learning, and exercising the brain. Ed and Jennifer practice what they preach, too, by introducing math puzzlers and brain teasers to keep listeners on their toes.More from Higher Ed »

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Best of "Higher Ed:" Healthy Learning

This episode was originally published on April 9, 2017. College students who work hard might tend to play hard, too. Caffeine ... junk food ... late nights ... partying. College can be filled with temptations that keep students from leading healthy lives. We know those habits aren't good for us, but why does school present...

Best of "Higher Ed:" 'Social' Media

This is might be a familiar scene to you: You're walking down the street and see someone heading toward you, not looking up, face firmly transfixed on the small screen of a smartphone or tablet. What does all that time spent attending to devices do to our personal interactions, conversations and learning? In this episode...

Best of "Higher Ed:" Breaking Down Tough Questions

We all face questions in life that seem just about impossible to answer. Maybe it's a really tough question on a test. Or maybe it's a challenging assignment at work. What can we do when the answer just won't come to us? How about not answering the question? In this "Best of" episode of KUT's...

Best of "Higher Ed:" How I Learned to Love Calculus

Was there a subject in school that seemed so hard and unsatisfying to study that even to this day the thought of it makes you cringe? For many students, that subject was Math. And perhaps more specifically, Calculus. Maybe it was the confusing terminology or seemingly abstract concepts. Can Calculus ever redeem itself? Is it...

Best of "Higher Ed:" Gratitude, Appreciation, and Learning

It's good manners to say "thank you" and show gratitude. But there are also ways that slowing down to notice and appreciate what's happening around us can give our brains some much needed rest. In this "Best of" episode of KUT's podcast Higher Ed, KUT's Jennifer Stayton and Southwestern University President Dr. Ed Burger discuss...

Best of "Higher Ed:" What's Really Happening When We Learn

Most dictionary definitions of "learn" make reference to acquiring knowledge or skills, becoming informed, or finding out something. Sure, that makes sense, but what does it really mean to learn something? How do we know if we've actually learned it? In this "Best of" episode of KUT's podcast Higher Ed, KUT's Jennifer Stayton and Southwestern...

Best of "Higher Ed:" Curiosity, Creativity, and Confidence in Kids

How can educators, parents, and other adults encourage young people to be curious and get creative? In this "Best of" episode of KUT's podcast Higher Ed, KUT's Jennifer Stayton and Southwestern University President Dr. Ed Burger respond to a listener's question about promoting intellectual curiosity and confidence in kids. There's a lot of interest these...

Best of "Higher Ed:" What Does "Smart" Really Mean?

What do you think of when someone is described as "smart?" They know a lot of things. Maybe they got good grades in school. Or maybe they always use correct grammar. But what does it actually mean to be smart? In this "Best of" episode of KUT's podcast Higher Ed, KUT's Jennifer Stayton and Southwestern...

Higher Ed: Teaching Giving and Philanthropy

In this episode of KUT's podcast Higher Ed, KUT's Jennifer Stayton and Southwestern University President Dr. Ed Burger tackle a question posed by a listener about teaching giving and philanthropy in school. Can it be done? Should it be done? And if so, when? A listener wrote in (to jstayton@kut.org) asking about teaching the concepts...

Higher Ed: Learning from the People You Meet

So much of what we encounter in formal education is planned; we attend scheduled classes in designated classrooms and go through specific lessons plans. But there can also be real educational value in chance encounters or unexpected opportunities. In this episode of KUT's podcast Higher Ed, KUT's Jennifer Stayton and Southwestern University President Dr. Ed...

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