About the Conference

The Transformative Learning Conference began as an on-campus gathering in 2008 for UCO faculty to share their experiences, strategies, and challenges of incorporating transformative learning into their courses. In 2015, the Conference moved off campus and became a national discussion on applied TL. The following year, international scholars joined the Conference. In the last several years, around 350 scholars have joined the discussion each year, considering everything from conceptualizing and measuring TL to creating official student records of their transformative education. In 2018, we added a STLR preconference for teams of two or more from institutions launching or implementing “Beyond Disciplinary Learning,” which we refer to as “STLR” (Student Transformative Learning Record) at UCO..


The mission of the Transformative Learning Conference is to support, promote, and foster individuals interested in discussing, implementing, or measuring transformative education. In 2006, the hosting institution, the University of Central Oklahoma, added transformative learning to its mission:

The University of Central Oklahoma (UCO) exists to help students learn by providing transformative education experiences to students so that they may become productive, creative, ethical and engaged citizens and leaders serving our global community.