George Fox University professor Corwynn Beals holds class in one of the favorite climbing trees on campus.

Higher Education

A traditional classroom couldn’t contain the lofty lessons philosophy and religion professor Corwynn Beals had in store for his Shared Praxis class on this day. But a favorite campus climbing tree is only one location where Beals has taken students for this experiential learning-focused class. They’ve also met in canoes, on the beach, in the university hammer-throw cage, on an island on the Willamette River and even in an elevator. “The purpose behind this is to associate certain types of learning with certain places,” explains Beals. “It’s learning that engages the whole person – mind, heart and body.”