College Student Personnel program

Creative Ways To Learn

Students enrolled in the WIU CSP course CSP 560: Student Characteristics and College impact engage in a project that closely examines the experience of a specific student group in higher education. This project encourages the CSP students to consider the stereotypes, challenges, current research, and practices regarding a specific student population, and then reflect on what this information means for their work as a student affairs professional. The research culminates in a classroom presentation, and often includes innovate ways of using social media and technology. Three CSP students share different perspectives on this small-group project, and a link showing each of their small groups’ creative approach to learning.

Creative Ways To Learn by Alicia Guzman-Riley

Tumblr is a great way to expand one's knowledge, especially when it comes to social justice issues. Many of the theoretical concepts that we learn in class, like systemic oppression, are discussed in great detail and without censorship on Tumblr. I think that in academics we can sometimes get caught up on academic theory, and I think it’s important to remember that in order for theory to be useful, it needs to be understood by all. That is what bell hooks has always said. On Tumblr, real people who are experiencing certain issues are creating theory that is easily accessible, it just may not be published. As student affairs professionals, I think we need to be up to date on various social justice issues and diverse causes. Tumblr has opened my eyes even more to the social justice based world. Tumblr is also easy to use once you get the hang of it! It is easy to share video clips, audio, articles, and your old-fashioned (text) blog post. You can track certain categories or issues that you're interested, which helps keep you up to date. Tumblr is filled with endless opportunities to learn and connect! Check out what we did at

Creative Ways to Learn by Eddie Koelzer

The website I use is called Poll Everywhere. This is a good tool to use when trying to engage people in discussions about things that may cause some discomfort like emotions or stereotypes: It gives a sense of authenticity through anonymity. Once I saw this technology used to encourage live questions for a guest presenter. Students were allowed to text in questions so there was a list to address at the end of the presentation. The down side of this technology was that people also have an excuse to be on their cell phones and possibly become distracted. I would suggest having specific times for cell phone use, and specific times for them to be away. Learn more about Poll Everywhere at

Creative Ways to Learn by Michelle Hutchison

Pinterest is a virtual collection of boards, like a cork board in an office, that you can electronically pin things to by their URL and represented by one photo. You can collect websites, resources, and photos and use it for everything from inspiration to plan a wedding, to how to instructions for DYI projects and recipes, and anything else you can imagine.

Personally I loved the idea of using Pinterest because we have documentation of every resource we used including some we didn't have time to speak about. Using Pinterest allowed us to share resources with each other and create a sustainable way to give these resources directly to others in our cohort.. This was our way of really creating something that could be used by our classmates and ourselves in the future without having to dig through mountains of papers and then look up everything on a reference list. We also like the idea of it being interactive and a change to a normal presentation style that we see often. See our project at Pinterest at