2019 Online Learning Innovation Summit – the Notes are in the (UA) Box!

keynote speaker from Air Force University

by Nathan Loewen, Department of Religious Studies I am happy to write that for a third year now OLIS brought together a cross-campus group of faculty, staff, and administrators. A record-setting 143 people attended the event supported by eight UA divisions (listed below). The objective of OLIS is to spark conversations about online teaching and learning […]

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Zakaria Overlooks a Main Goal of Liberal Education

In Defense of Liberal Education

by Ray White, Department of Physics and Astronomy Zakaria’s defense of liberal education largely overlooks one of its main goals: exposing students to a broad range of cultural topics, exceeding their prior experience, in order to help students become more culturally sophisticated and to help them discover how their (perhaps latent) passions and aptitudes may be best realized in life […]

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Should we Defend American Liberal Education or Change It?

In Defense of Liberal Education

by Steve Kosiba, Department of Anthropology In Defense of A Liberal Education describes the differences between the traditional American model of liberal education, in particular the core curricula of institutions such as the University of Chicago, and the differences between this model and university education in comparable countries, such as England or Germany. The book also describes […]

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Is Zakaria’s Model of Liberal Education Too Elite?

In Defense of Liberal Education

by Trudier Harris, Department of English Higher education is intrinsically elite, but the liberal education that Fareed Zakaria espouses is even more elite. It is a playing field for the middle and upper classes, one that is much more Vassar and Wesleyan than Stillman and Tuskegee. While Zakaria is very much focused on internationalism in […]

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