Great Conversations is a collection of professionally produced, faculty-curated conversations with intellectuals, scholars, and researchers. The goal of this collection is to inspire faculty to use their daily practice to transform ideas into action and forge the path ahead.
The Great Conversations describe obstacles to higher education's attainment of its overarching goals and elaborate on pathways to solutions.
Bridges and Barriers to Student Persistence
The 21st century campus and classroom can be daunting places for first generation college students. From complicated admissions procedures to complex and confusing financial aid forms, the university culture with which new students are confronted can raise doubts in their minds about whether they can succeed in such an environment, or if they ever belong there. David Yeager and his research team have conducted ground breaking research that asserts that this sense of non-belonging is a compelling factor is student attrition. In this conversation, we discuss how teaching in particular might be leveraged to break down barriers and build bridges to students' heightened sense of belonging, and in turn, their persistence to graduation.
Freshmen of the Future
Dr. Jonathan Green became the 15th president of Susquehanna University, the 7th most economically diverse university in the country. Prior to that, he spent six years as provost and dean of the faculty at Illinois Wesleyan University. He previously served as dean of the college and vice president for academic affairs at Sweet Briar College, where he received the 1999 Award for Excellence in Teaching. He states that we don’t have to guess about numbers or demographics of the Freshmen of the future. They are already here. Infants and toddlers today are our college students of the future.
Teaching Technologies of the Future
Curt Bonk is a former accountant/CPA and former educational psychologist who currently assumes the role of professor of instructional systems technology at Indiana University where he has published a dozen books (e.g., The World is Open, The Handbook of Blended Learning, MOOCs and Open Education Around the World, etc.) as well as more than 100 journal articles and over 50 book chapters on research related to various emerging learning technologies, online and blended learning, MOOCs and open education, and the global impacts from collaborative technology.
Teaching for Lifelong Student Success
George Kuh is adjunct research professor of education policy at the University of Illinois and Chancellor's Professor of Higher Education Emeritus at Indiana University (IU). In this video, he discusses strategies for building skills that help students to become lifelong learners.
Access, Equity, and New Frontiers
Thomas Ehrlich is a Visiting Professor at the Stanford University School of Education. He has previously served as president of Indiana University, provost of the University of Pennsylvania, and dean of Stanford Law School. In this conversation he examines the new frontiers opening up in academia as part of the efforts to ensure fair access to higher education throughout society.
Liberal Education, Equity and Democracy
Susan Albertine is a senior scholar in the Office of Liberal Learning and the Global Commons at AAC&U and a career-long literacy educator and advocate for educational reform. In this conversation, she addresses the role of democracy in education and the challenges of being an educator in the 21st century.
Transparency in Learning and Teaching
Mary-Ann Winkelmes is Director of Instructional Development and Research and an Associate Graduate Faculty member in the Department of History at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) and founder of TILT Higher Ed. In this conversation, she focuses on some of the great challenges facing contemporary higher education including equity and creating collaborations for new kinds of post-secondary degrees.
College Costs and the New Economy
A well-known scholar and speaker on the topic of outcomes assessment, Trudy Banta has presented at conferences in 25 other countries and has developed and coordinated 30 national assessment conferences in the U.S. and 15 international conferences in other countries. In this conversation, she discusses the dynamics of the 21st century American economy and the challenge to the Academy to preserve the liberal arts and humanities in an age of specialization and vocationalism.
The Power of Community-engaged Learning
Dr. Julie A. Hatcher is Executive Director of the Center for Service and Learning and Associate Professor of Philanthropic Studies in the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at IUPUI. In this conversation, she talks about the power of community-based learning on the growth and development of students as citizens and servant leaders.
Teaching Innovation and Assessment for the Campus of the Future
Dr. Patricia Hutchings is a senior scholar with the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA). Her work has focused on a variety of strategies for creating a campus culture of teaching and learning: the scholarship of teaching and learning, integrative learning, the peer collaboration and review of teaching, and student learning outcomes assessment. In this conversation, she discusses new possibilities for using assessments in the 21st century classroom.
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For supplemental information on the Great Conversations interviews, check out Great Conversations in Canvas. There you will find biographical information on each speaker, additional videos, a LibGuide featuring each speaker's professional publications, and a discussion to engage with other faculty interested in the topic.