3. Minding Bodies: How Physical Space, Sensation, and Movement Affect Learning (2021)
If you’re heading back to campus this fall, don’t be quick to return to your traditional, pre-COVID ways. In Minding Bodies, Susan Hrach, Director of the Faculty Center and Professor of English at Columbus State University, advocates for physical, sensory-rich learning experiences—ones that engage all five senses. One of Hrach’s ideas? A simple “walk and think” exercise where students take a 20-minute walk to reflect on an assigned prompt before returning to an in-person lecture or Zoom class to complete a journal entry. Hrach draws from cognitive psychology theory to offer low-cost and inclusive strategies to maximize the time spent with students during class time.