New Horizons, a bi-weekly faculty lunch series, highlights how technology and the library aid in teaching and research. New Horizons’ first session of the spring semester, entitled A View from the Dean’s Office, focused on the future of the classroom. Karl Voss, Pat Mather and Michael Johnson-Cramer shared their perspectives on the subject.
Dean Karl Voss, of Arts & Sciences, feels that classes will be delivered as a team effort. Diverse personnel such as librarians, instructional technologists, and writing center staff may all collaborate on a single project. “Faculty,” he says, “have a whole web of resources to drawn on”.
Dean Pat Mather of Engineering sees value in reflection. One way he feels that students can achieve this is through the ePortfolio, which he conceives of as a “3D” visualization of student development. Mather believes the interconnectedness of the student experience can be captured and shared publicly. “It’s a living thing”, he claims.
Finally, Michael Johnson-Cramer of Management discussed generational differences and how students today really want to feel connected to the world around them and create opportunities for collaboration. “Students want authentic experiences with a community of diversity and collaboration … How do we create a community that addresses social issues and actually have an impact?”
Please go to dsc.bucknell.edu for a complete schedule of future L&IT related events, guest speakers, and workshops.