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Deeper Learning – Online Learning at a Small College

1 APR 2014

When someone mentions the phrase “liberal arts college,” usually what comes to mind is the image of a very renaissance looking person, reading a dusty old English literature or philosophy book. While parts of that image still ring true, as most liberal arts degrees are deeply entrenched in literature and philosophy, they’re also catching up with the digital age and increasingly, more and more schools are moving toward digitizing their classrooms and courses. While there are some institutions that believe a move towards online communities and learning means alienating the current student population, and serves to undermine the value of a liberal arts degree, some see opportunity to enhance the experience. Check out this great blog post by Shimer College, an alternative liberal arts school in Chicago, for more information on both sides of the debate, and what it could mean for the future of online learning at a small college.

“There’s an argument to be made that not exposing students to digital and online components of learning is doing them a disservice by actively ignoring teaching helpful and useful skills. There’s a lot to be said, however, about trying to meet in the middle. Specifically tailoring your college’s online presence to its personality is absolutely integral in retaining the personality, message and beliefs of your educational institution, while still moving forward into the 21st century. While digital may not be the perfect fit for everything in every college, there are definitely areas where it could be beneficial.”