Welcome to Good Way Learning!
I’m Virginia Wiles. I call myself a Teaching-Learning Architect.
For more than thirty-five years I have taught professionally in higher education. (I say “professionally” because I have been teaching in one form or another since high school!)
Teaching and Learning are inextricably bound together. How can I teach, if I don’t understand how I learn? How can I learn, if I don’t understand why the teachers are doing what they’re doing?
If you want to know why I named the site “Good Way Learning,” see my blog post, “The Right Way? Or, A Good Way?” I hope it convinces you that Teaching and Learning in good ways–various and many good ways–is a goal to be sought for all of us.
Both Teaching and Learning are processes that must be designed, from the ground up, as they say. Hence the word “architect”–someone who designs places to live and to work. Good Way Learning depends upon thoughtful design and upon careful, playful, and creative pondering about what the various processes of teaching and learning might produce.
I hope the materials included here will take you on journeys that surprise you, delight you, frustrate you at times, and ultimately lead you into a richer and freer life and practice. Bon voyage!
Institutions I have been associated with:
Texas Wesleyan College (B.S. in Social Sciences, 1977)
Northern Seminary (M.A.T.S., 1982)
University of Chicago (Ph.D., 1993)
Spalding University (M.F.A., 2014)
Teaching @ Northern Seminary, Bethany Seminary, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, North Park Seminary, St. Joseph’s University, Elizabethtown College, Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, Muhlenberg College, New Brunswick Theological Seminary
Plus many civic, arts, and faith-based organizations