I just read an excellent and challenging article by Randy Bass in the Educause Review. “Disrupting Ourselves: The Problem of Learning in Higher Education” was first published in the March/April 2012 issue. Bass’ central claim is that we’ve entered “the post-course era.” This era has the potential to be extraordinarily disruptive because it says the curriculum is no longer the center of learning. Specifically, Bass argues “we have reached the end of the era of assuming that the formal curriculum — composed of bounded, self-contained courses — is the primary place where the most significant learning takes place.” (24) Bass’ argument draws upon research into high-impact practices that produce meaningful […]
A report from Adobe came across my twitter feed today arguing that creativity should be taught just like “normal” academic subjects. I haven’t had time to read the full report yet, but the idea that creativity needs to be an explicit classroom focus is an interesting one, especially given Wesleyan’s move toward a curriculum grounded in critical thinking.