Education Day 2016 was on 16th March and the theme was transformative learning. After a keynote presentation from Professor Ronald Barnett, we heard from the Student Union about student perceptions of transformative learning. Later in the day I gave a workshop called ‘Holding Your Nerve: Strategies for Implementing Transformative Experiences in Higher Education. We looked at Mezirow’s definition and process for transformation, and then considered the ‘necessary pain’ of transformation – both for students and instructors. Finally we looked at ideas relating to cognitive load and considered ways to manage this.