Crossing the Street: Connecting College/University Resources to Create Spaces for Global Learning
The AMAM and Oberlin College faculty joined forces to showcase its new art-based strategies for teaching and learning at the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) in late January at the 2011 Annual Meeting entitled “Global Positioning: Essential Learning, Student Success, and the Currency of U.S. Degrees.”
Oberlin’s inter-divisional team included AMAM Curator of Academic Programs Liliana Milkova; Professor of History and Director of CTIE Steven Volk; Associate Professor and Chair of Biology Taylor Allen; Assistant Professor of Chemistry Catherine Oertel; and Peter Swendsen, Assistant Professor of Technology in Music and Related Arts (TIMARA) in the Conservatory. The team presented a 75-minute workshop where they demonstrated a new pedagogy that allows effective global learning to occur by placing both faculty and students in an unfamiliar terrain such as the museum galleries. As Steve Volk describes it, “Faculty help students negotiate unfamiliar cultural contexts (the “global”) by themselves modeling creative approaches to teaching in unconventional modalities.”
Drs. Milkova and Volk also participated as presenters and facilitators in the pre-meeting symposium “Integrating the Sciences, Arts, and Humanities: Global Challenges and the Intentional Curriculum.”
The presentations at the AAC&U conference followed a successful faculty workshop organized by the AMAM and CTIE last spring. More information on that workshop, and a podcast of the faculty roundtable can be found on the AMAM’s website.