Engaged Learning Videos
The Evolution of the Liberal Arts at Middlebury College by Andi Lloyd, Department of Biology and Dean of the Faculty, Wednesday, October 30
In the early 1800s, the faculty of Middlebury College -- numbering between four and eight individuals in most years -- offered a liberal arts curriculum to a few dozen students, all of whom were male, and more than 3/4 of whom were from Vermont. The 690 students in the class of 2017-- hailing from 43 states (plus the District of Columbia) and 42 different countries -- will choose from among 41 majors, offered by a faculty of more than 300 individuals. This talk reviews the evolution of Middlebury's curriculum over the last 200 years in the context of the changing landscape of higher education.
Project-Based and Engaged Learning at Middlebury College, Wednesday, November 13
This panel highlights four different approaches to project-based learning. Sarah Laursen and Richard Saunders describe their course on museum studies, which integrates museum professionals in the course. Noah Graham, Frank Swenton, and Jeremy Ward describe the STEM project, in which groups of science students propose, design, and build an invention. Peter Ryan and Diane Munroe discuss the Environmental Studies senior seminar, which employs community-connected learning to provide ENVS seniors with an opportunity to synthesize and apply their understanding of environmental studies to real-world problems. Finally, David Colander describes his plans for integrating “professors of the practice” into the teaching of economics.
Digital Scholarship and Digital Pedagogy, Wednesday, December 4, 4:30 pm, McCullough Social Space
This panel explored innovations in scholarship and pedagogy associated with the emergence of the digital liberal arts. The four panelists: Holly Allen (American Studies), Anne Knowles (Geography), Jeff Howarth (Geography), and Jason Mittell (Film and Media Culture) discussed how they use technology and incorporate digital materials in teaching and research.
Ideas for Future Curricular Innovation, Wednesday, January 8, 4:30 pm, McCullough Social Space
- The Case of the Disappearing Liberal Arts College, Inside Higher Ed, July 9, 2009
- College Costs: New Research Weighs the True Value of a College Education, The Huffington Post, August 20, 2012
- Entrepreneurial Experience Should Be Part of a Liberal Education, The Chronicle of Higher Education, September 30, 2013
- How to Get a Job with a Philosophy Degree, NY Times, September 13, 2013
- How Liberal Arts Colleges Are Failing America, The Atlantic, September 24, 2012
- Liberal Arts, and the Advantages of Being Useless, Academia.edu
- No More Digitally Challenged Liberal-Arts Majors, The Chronicle of Higher Education, November 18, 2013