Although this article refers to the impact of study abroad programs at the community college level, the implications are just as meaningful for four-year universities. This reminds us that global experience and learning is extremely important for all students, freshman through seniors. The Liberal Education Program seeks to inform students on this global level. Is there something you can do to provide more of this global learning and/or even provide a study abroad experience in your classes? Read the article here.
The process of revamping the Liberal Education program at FHSU is an experience that takes time and dedicated people. Maybe you haven’t had the time you’d like to keep up with this process or to even understand what the process entails. It is always important to keep the underlying goal in mind when moving forward so check out this piece from AAC&U (1998) outlining the statement of Liberal Learning.
Although it is impossible to predict the future, envisioning the needs of future students is what separates the next-generation universities from universities relying on an outdated system of student learning and assessment. According to a recent article published on Inside Higher Ed, this is exactly what university’s should do. Take for example, the inclusion of experiential learning in the classroom before students are about to graduate. Or what about technology enhanced education or learning by doing? All of these suggestions, plus more, can be incorporated into the vision of educating future students at FHSU. E-mail a Liberal Education Committee member now to give voice to your opinions. Find a link to the Inside Higher Ed article here.
Duke and Harvard University have recently undertaken a massive project on revamping their general education programs. They have gathered the opinions of faculty and students. FHSU has also worked to include faculty opinions, and in early stages, student opinion on their general education experiences at FHSU.
Find information on their full revamping process here.
“Colleges are feeling heat to prove that their students are learning” (Fain, 2016). As the Liberal Education Committee continues to assess what is best for students, a recent article suggests that universities are moving away standardized tests to assess student learning outcomes. As we move towards the assessment phase, what measures can your department use, and what measures can the Liberal Education curriculum use, to assess student outcomes? It is important to think about in terms of both direct and indirect measures. What do you support? Read more about the article here.
In our most recent post, we shared all of the great work FHSU is doing with involving first-year students. In a recent essay, Christopher Schaberg pointed out that in addition to the daily requirements of faculty and students, there is room for the “small things.” These small things mean that we should connect with our students with personalized experiences.Use the learning objectives as your classroom guide but don’t forget to really engage your students in and out of the classroom. The learning objectives provide you with a road map; stay involved with the FHSU Liberal Education Committee process so you can help create unique paths for our students. To read more about the small things, click here.
As FHSU continues to move forward on Liberal Education changes, it is important to remember who the changes impact and for what purposes. The University is finalizing the learning objectives which will then lead to discussion on the assessment planning phase. Eventually, the University will focus on specific classes to be included in the Liberal Education curriculum. Today, Inside Higher Ed published a piece that discussed the importance of being innovative at assessing what is really important for graduates at the end of the day. What would you see as crucial for graduates? How could this be assessed through Liberal Education courses? Check out the article here.