Creative systems for deeper learning

Maura Dowling

Tuesday, 29 November at 3pm - 5pm

Presenting live from Bryant University in the US, Maura Dowling will present some insights into her teaching with a focus on deep learning, creativity, ethical practice, and connecting students with real-world learning. This is an exciting opportunity to engage with concepts and ideas from the US higher education sector, to find out what happens when students studying finance manage real investment funds, with a focus on ethics.

Session Details

To be human is not something to avoid in school or business. Indeed, embracing our humanity to grow in discipline and talent cultivation seems to be a worthy path. How do I use myself as a teacher and a businesswoman? And do I have something in my own moral development to share? My area of instruction is finance. And it is an area where wisdom can seem far from the domain. It is preferable for wisdom and choices to be the main part of a finance education so that the learning is about paradox and principle in the financial context. This is what excites me about teaching. And it is life itself to work with principles and paradox. Employers looking for young employees who are human, principled and aware of stakeholders, will hire the candidate who is conscious of the art of business and not just the scientific measurement of it.

Relevant dimensions of the UKPSF

A1; A2; A3; A4; K2; K3; V1-4

Session Facilitator

Maura Dowling is a Financial Planner and Wealth Consultant in industry as well as private practice. Experimenting with value-creation in client work that involves "client best interest", she focuses on providing second options on products and strategies that others "sell" to clients. Maura began as a financial advisor in a major firm (UBS) and has worked on wealth management models for entrepreneurial families at a large regional CPA firm (DiSanto Priest). Product placement and assets-under-management create conflicts-of-interest with typical business models - Maura's teaching and research is focused on re-evaluating this.

Bryant University is a private University, located in Smithfield, Rhode Island, U.S., that grants the degrees of bachelor of arts, bachelor of science, and master's degrees in business, taxation, accounting, communication, global environmental strudels, and physician assistant studies. Until August 2004, it was known as Bryant College. Bryant comprises the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Business, and is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and the AACSB International.  

Supporting Materials

This session was accompanied by a Creative Systems Thinking Handout and you may also find Creativity Chapter 12 Dowling of the KIE Handbook Of Creativity useful. 

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