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In their lively and entertaining weekly discussion of issues related to higher education, KUT’s Jennifer Stayton and Southwestern University President Dr. Ed Burger explore the topics of higher education, lifelong learning, and exercising the brain. Ed and Jennifer practice what they preach, too, by introducing math puzzlers and brain teasers to keep listeners on their toes.

Higher Ed: Moving From Student To Teacher

Usually during the Higher Ed podcastKUT's Jennifer Stayton and Southwestern University President Dr. Ed Burgerdiscuss issues related to learning and education. How does it turn out when they add another voice to the mix? In this episode, they are joined by second-year Southwestern University student Tristin Evans. She adds a student perspective to the discussion and talks about what it was like to move from being a student to being a teacher's assistant in one of Dr. Burger's classes.

Ed teaches a class at Southwestern called "Effective Thinking and Creative Puzzle-Solving."  Ed and Jennifer talked with Tristin about what she learned switching  from student to teacher's assistant and what advice she has for younger learners (or really learners of any age). Click here for their discussion and for the solution to the numbers-filled puzzler from the last episode. Good news - there's more than one way to get the solution!

This episode was recorded on March 24, 2017.

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Jennifer Stayton is the local host for NPR's "Morning Edition" on KUT. Got a tip? Email her at Follow her on X @jenstayton.