The Role of Technology in the Liberal Arts Shawn Beattie
The big questions… <ul><li>What is education? </li></ul><ul><li>What is a  liberal arts  education? </li></ul><ul><li>What...
Education <ul><li>“ Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself .” </li></ul><ul><li>John Dewey </li><...
Liberal Arts Education <ul><li>Has several meanings -  </li></ul><ul><li>Curricular </li></ul><ul><li>Civic </li></ul><ul>...
What is  “Liberal Arts” <ul><li>Institutional </li></ul><ul><li>small, residential, privately governed, bachelor’s grantin...
What is  “Liberal Arts” <ul><li>Curricular   </li></ul><ul><li>Liberal arts and sciences: History, Philosophy, Mathematics...
Role of Technology - Curricular <ul><li>Multimedia – allows integration of liberal arts  </li></ul><ul><li>Presentation te...
What is  “Liberal Arts” <ul><li>Civic </li></ul><ul><li>preparation for democratic citizenship and civic engagement  </li>...
Role of Technology - Civic <ul><li>Creates learning communities  </li></ul><ul><li>(ex: discussion forums, blogs) </li></u...
What is  “Liberal Arts” <ul><li>Pedagogical   </li></ul><ul><li>Focuses on not “what” but “how” </li></ul><ul><li>group or...
Role of Technology in Pedagogy <ul><li>Active learning (ex: student response system) </li></ul><ul><li>Simulations (scienc...
Role of Technology – summary <ul><li>Distinguishes and helps keep competitive the small, bachelors-granting, residential c...
Role of Technology - summary <ul><li>Focus of Educational Technology </li></ul><ul><li>Relevance and appropriateness </li>...
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  1. 1. The Role of Technology in the Liberal Arts Shawn Beattie
  2. 2. The big questions… <ul><li>What is education? </li></ul><ul><li>What is a liberal arts education? </li></ul><ul><li>What is the role of technology in a liberal arts education? </li></ul>
  3. 3. Education <ul><li>“ Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself .” </li></ul><ul><li>John Dewey </li></ul>
  4. 4. Liberal Arts Education <ul><li>Has several meanings - </li></ul><ul><li>Curricular </li></ul><ul><li>Civic </li></ul><ul><li>Institutional </li></ul><ul><li>Pedagogical </li></ul><ul><li>Source: What’s So “Liberal” About Higher Ed? Jo Ellen Parker, Exec. Dir. NITLE, </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.nitle.org </li></ul>
  5. 5. What is “Liberal Arts” <ul><li>Institutional </li></ul><ul><li>small, residential, privately governed, bachelor’s granting college </li></ul><ul><li>Role of technology – </li></ul><ul><li>Distinguish from and compete with non-liberal arts colleges </li></ul><ul><li>Emphasizes community </li></ul><ul><li>(ex: laptop program, wi-fi, Internet 2) </li></ul>
  6. 6. What is “Liberal Arts” <ul><li>Curricular </li></ul><ul><li>Liberal arts and sciences: History, Philosophy, Mathematics, Art & Music </li></ul><ul><li>Excludes applied studies – nursing, business, teacher education </li></ul>
  7. 7. Role of Technology - Curricular <ul><li>Multimedia – allows integration of liberal arts </li></ul><ul><li>Presentation technology – facilitates drawing from different disciplines </li></ul><ul><li>Hypertext – allows links to be made (ex: Project Luther) </li></ul><ul><li>Online databases – allows deep research in the liberal arts </li></ul><ul><li>Digital image collections – art across curriculum </li></ul><ul><li>Rich content </li></ul>
  8. 8. What is “Liberal Arts” <ul><li>Civic </li></ul><ul><li>preparation for democratic citizenship and civic engagement </li></ul><ul><li>learning communities, community-based research, collaborative projects, service-learning, mentored internships, foreign study </li></ul><ul><li>(AAC&U http://www.aacu.org ) </li></ul>
  9. 9. Role of Technology - Civic <ul><li>Creates learning communities </li></ul><ul><li>(ex: discussion forums, blogs) </li></ul><ul><li>Used as a tool in service learning </li></ul><ul><li>(ex: documenting service projects as part of an e-portfolio) </li></ul><ul><li>Extracurricular technology use </li></ul><ul><li>(ex: creating websites for non-profits) </li></ul>
  10. 10. What is “Liberal Arts” <ul><li>Pedagogical </li></ul><ul><li>Focuses on not “what” but “how” </li></ul><ul><li>group or independent study </li></ul><ul><li>undergraduate research </li></ul><ul><li>faculty mentoring </li></ul><ul><li>student presentations </li></ul><ul><li>active learning </li></ul>
  11. 11. Role of Technology in Pedagogy <ul><li>Active learning (ex: student response system) </li></ul><ul><li>Simulations (sciences, economics) </li></ul><ul><li>Moodle – wiki, forum, quiz, chat, journal </li></ul><ul><li>Facilitates peer group work </li></ul><ul><li>Student publication (e-portfolio) </li></ul><ul><li>Technology is woven into the very thread of the teaching and learning processes </li></ul>
  12. 12. Role of Technology – summary <ul><li>Distinguishes and helps keep competitive the small, bachelors-granting, residential campus </li></ul><ul><li>Helps connect the college community together </li></ul><ul><li>Provides a powerful link to the local, state, national, and global communities </li></ul><ul><li>Provides for active learning and learner-centered pedagogies </li></ul>
  13. 13. Role of Technology - summary <ul><li>Focus of Educational Technology </li></ul><ul><li>Relevance and appropriateness </li></ul><ul><li>Reliability </li></ul><ul><li>Easy to use </li></ul><ul><li>Transparency </li></ul>
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