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High-Tech and High-Touch?

Reflecting on all the wonderful things participants at the resonant listening workshop discussed, I continue to reflect on what I take to be an unfulfilled promise of educational technology. When I was in graduate school, I worked for the EdLab, a group committed to thinking through how technology might transform education. One issue we talked […]

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AI & Liberal Education for Resonance

I am excited about St. Lawrence’s work with NetVue, and I am grateful that NetVue‘s blog Vocation Matters published my recent essay on AI and Resonance. In “Responding to AI with a Resonant Education,” I suggest residential liberal arts colleges are uniquely positioned to respond to the threat of AI because we are places where […]

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Integrity and Success

ChatGPT is making it easier for students to engage in academic dishonesty and ChatGPT is also making it harder for us to detect academic dishonesty. I fear that this problem will only get worse. The ease with which one can cheat will only increase over time. Our best hope, it would seem to me, is […]

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Aspiration and Apathy

At our upcoming liberal education journal club meeting, we are going to discuss the recent Chronicle piece “Teaching in an Age of Militant Apathy.” The idea that college students are militantly apathetic is an interesting lens to view our post-pandemic world. I also think it is worthwhile to counterbalance this argument with Agnes Callard’s very […]

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Educating the Whole Student

The lead image comes from Donald Harward’s introduction to an excellent volume Well-Being and Higher Education. I’ve been thinking a great deal about Harward’s essay–and the entire volume–because I’ve been thinking a lot about what it would mean for a liberal arts college to really make good on the promise to educate the whole student […]

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Devices in Class

As colleges, and schools more generally, discuss the wide-ranging implications of ChatGPT for the future of education, I also encourage us to revisit our approach to student devices in the classroom. Several years ago, I resisted blanket technology bans and what I viewed as punitive device policies. But as we emerge from the pandemic, a […]

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Processing Student Course Evaluations

I hope the new semester is off to a great start! As one semester begins, we are reminded of the previous semester in the form of student course evaluations that are landing in our mailboxes now. At the end of each semester, students offer their opinion of our teaching, and–as we know–how students perceive our […]

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Helping Students Invest in Their Educations

At the start of the spring semester, I encourage everyone to read this brief op-ed in the New York Times. The author argues that a key to getting the most from college is wanting to get the most from college. Though this may seem obvious, it is a point worth reiterating, especially to a generation […]

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Reflecting on Belonging

At the beginning of the semester, I wrote about the importance of belonging, and here at the end of the semester, I encourage us to consider belonging once again. In my first teaching job (teaching high school immediately after I graduated from college), a senior colleague asked me to do a simple experiment. A week […]

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Languishing

As fall turns to winter, it is hard not the think about languishing. For many students, and for many teachers, it has been tremendously hard to get out of neutral. Neither crushed nor flourishing, it can feel like we are moving more slowly and less intentionally than we would like to. Worse, it is unclear […]