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We don’t need more STEM majors. We need more STEM majors with liberal arts training.

We don’t need more STEM majors. We need more STEM majors with liberal arts training. | Liberal arts online | Scoop.it
The ability to draw from other disciplines produces better scientists.

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A Chemistry professor speaks:  "By all means, let’s grow our STEM graduates as aggressively as possible. But let’s make sure they also have that all-important grounding in the liberal arts. We can have both."

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The Slow Death of the University

The Slow Death of the University | Liberal arts online | Scoop.it
Bean counters, bureaucrats, and barbarians are to blame.
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Perhaps though what traditionally was provided by universities, now begins to thrive somewhere else? (nonprofits, arts festivals, online humanities projects?)

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Why English Majors are the Hot New Hires

Why English Majors are the Hot New Hires | Liberal arts online | Scoop.it
After years of emphasis being put on math and engineering degrees, here's why English majors may be in high demand.
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Humanities equals empathy (too bad though author links empathy here mostly to success in sales) 

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Restructure the Humanities Ph.D.

Restructure the Humanities Ph.D. | Liberal arts online | Scoop.it
Rethinking the genre of the dissertation—not just as monograph but as digital exposition—would be a key first step. It would also produce more technologically savvy Ph.D.’s.
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Essay on the idea that all of higher education should focus on careers or practical skills @insidehighered

Essay on the idea that all of higher education should focus on careers or practical skills @insidehighered | Liberal arts online | Scoop.it
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The Humanities in Full: Polemics Against the Two-Culture Fallacy

The Humanities in Full:  Polemics Against the Two-Culture Fallacy | Liberal arts online | Scoop.it
We need a history and vision of the humanities capacious enough to see the humanities not as a particular method or set of disciplines but as a disposition, as a way of engaging the world.
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How to Not Succeed at E-Learning

How to Not Succeed at E-Learning | Liberal arts online | Scoop.it
If you want to fail, build irrelevant courses that waste time and look bad. However, you can avoid failure by understanding the organization’s objectives, your learner’s needs, and building a great looking course that is appropriate to its learning objectives.
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How to learn better at any age - The Boston Globe

How to learn better at any age - The Boston Globe | Liberal arts online | Scoop.it
PEOPLE COMMONLY BELIEVE that if you expose yourself to something enough times — say, a textbook passage or a set of terms from biology class — you can burn it into memory. Not so. Many teachers believe that if they can make learning easier and faster, the learning will be better. Much research turns this belief on its head: When learning is harder, it’s stronger and lasts longer. It’s widely believed by teachers, trainers, and coaches that the most effective way to master a new skill is to give it dogged, single-minded focus, practicing over and over until you’ve got it down. What’s apparent from research is that gains achieved during such practice are transitory and melt away quickly.
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Our Universities: Why Are They Failing?

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Our Universities: Why Are They Failing?<br/><br/> by Anthony Grafton | Liberal arts online | Scoop.it
A number of American universities offer their faculty salaries and working conditions, laboratories and libraries that few institutions elsewhere can match. At every level of the system, dedicated professors are setting students on fire with enthusiasm for everything from the structure of crystals to the structure of poems. Yet American universities also attract ferocious criticism, much of it from professors and from journalists who know them well, and that’s entirely reasonable too. Every coin has its other side, every virtue its corresponding vice—and practically every university its festering sores.
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Defending the Humanities in the Digital Age | DMLcentral

Defending the Humanities in the Digital Age | DMLcentral | Liberal arts online | Scoop.it
Taking Care of Things: Reclaiming What is Lost in Our Defence of Humanities[1]
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Hacking the Screwdriver: Instructure’s Canvas and the Future of the LMS - Hybrid Pedagogy

Hacking the Screwdriver: Instructure’s Canvas and the Future of the LMS - Hybrid Pedagogy | Liberal arts online | Scoop.it
There’s nothing wrong with Blackboard, except in the way that there’s something wrong with all of it. At InstructureCon 2012, we noticed a lot of hate being directed at Blackboard, a...
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Attention and Focus in the Age of Online Education – #FutureEd - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Attention and Focus in the Age of Online Education – #FutureEd - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Liberal arts online | Scoop.it
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Azar Nafisi on Why the Arts and Humanities Are Critical to the American Vision

Azar Nafisi on Why the Arts and Humanities Are Critical to the American Vision | Liberal arts online | Scoop.it
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Mary-Catherine Harrison's curator insight, April 13, 2015 10:45 AM

"How can our children survive this world without imaginative knowledge? I mean, can you imagine anyone being a responsible citizen without knowing about the history and culture of this country, never mind the world?"

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This University Teaches You No Skills—Just a New Way to Think | WIRED

This University Teaches You No Skills—Just a New Way to Think | WIRED | Liberal arts online | Scoop.it
According to Minerva Project, the primary purpose of a university isn’t to prepare students for a career. It’s to prepare them for life.
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It's the End of the Humanities as We Know It

It's the End of the Humanities as We Know It | Liberal arts online | Scoop.it
A sense of crisis, ongoing paranoia—this is just part of what it means to be a humanist. 
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What the Head of Hiring at Google Doesn’t Understand About Skills – The Conversation - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education

What the Head of Hiring at Google Doesn’t Understand About Skills – The Conversation - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Liberal arts online | Scoop.it
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Asynchronous Improvisation

Asynchronous Improvisation | Liberal arts online | Scoop.it
When I was a grad student teaching creative writing I used to walk a mile-and-a-half to class. My walk was valuable time for me to think about my lesson plan, and to tune in—in that psychic way tha...
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A Rallying Cry for the Humanities

A Rallying Cry for the Humanities | Liberal arts online | Scoop.it
Attention, humanists: Want to find your mojo? Take a page from astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson.
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True innovation in Higher Ed will emerge from faculty-driven, open-source projects, not start-up commercialisation

True innovation in Higher Ed will emerge from faculty-driven, open-source projects, not start-up commercialisation | Liberal arts online | Scoop.it
Leslie Madsen-Brooks is skeptical about the kind of disruption start-ups and tech folks promise. She highlights ways university faculty and staff are already driving thoughtful technological innova...
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Feminist Theory, Online Action, and Networked Learning | DMLcentral

Feminist Theory, Online Action, and Networked Learning | DMLcentral | Liberal arts online | Scoop.it
“It’s not just about studying and learning,” says Pitzer College student Susanna Ferrell.
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Syllabus for "Histories and Futures of Humanistic Education: Culture and Crisis, Books and MOOCs"

Syllabus for "Histories and Futures of Humanistic Education: Culture and Crisis, Books and MOOCs" | Liberal arts online | Scoop.it
Comp Lit 265Histories and Futures of Humanistic Education: Culture and Crisis, Books and MOOCsW 1-4 pmDavid Palumbo-Liupalumbo-liu@stanford.edu 
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Oxford’s Free Course Critical Reasoning For Beginners Will Teach You to Think Like a Philosopher

Oxford’s Free Course  Critical Reasoning For Beginners  Will Teach You to Think Like a Philosopher | Liberal arts online | Scoop.it
When I was younger, I often found myself disagreeing with something I’d read or heard, but couldn't explain exactly why. Despite being unable to pinpoint the precise reasons, I had a strong sense that the rules of logic were being violated.
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The Economic Logic of the Humanities

The Economic Logic of the Humanities | Liberal arts online | Scoop.it
The arts and sciences have long been seen as a necessary component of a wealthy and stable society.
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