By Laurie Davies
Basinger also teaches HUM115, Critical Thinking and Everyday Life. “That class is really fun, probably my favorite because we discuss a ton of current events.” COVID, vaccines, administrations — you name it, it’s been discussed. “When we’re talking about critical thinking, barriers and avoidance, interesting topics come into play.”
Basinger is also working to help revise the University’s Psych 110 course, a commitment that helps her use her UOPX Curriculum and Instruction background. “Our faculty are actually writing the curriculum,” Pavleck says, noting that they’re working with zyBooks, an online provider of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) learning.
So much has changed since Basinger helped little kids find their way around a preschool classroom. Now, she’s helping adult learners find their place in college.
“I started with the youngest and went to where I am now. It’s the greatest job ever.”
Her heart really gets going when her students let her know they’re using their learning in the real world.
“They might make use of a time management chart in GEN 201 and tell me how much easier it has been to balance work, school and home,” she says. “In HUM115, we talk about barriers, fallacies, rhetoric, etc. I have had students write to me about how something we learned — like recognizing fallacies in an argument — has helped them to react more positively in discussions or make better decisions.”