Three Assessing Days in the O.C.

by Debra Ballard, Chair of Liberal Arts and Sciences Spending three days in Irvine with 140 other academics at a WASC workshop on assessment is not usually my idea of fun. The titles of the workshops did nothing to lead me to believe otherwise—“New [more]

Some reflections on the Role of Critical Theory in Arts Schools’ Liberal Arts Programs

by Adam Berg, Faculty L.A.S. I would like to offer some thoughts following my presentation of “Equivocating Aura: On Benjamin’s Essay on Mechanical Reproduction”, at the International Conference of Critical Theory, “Nostalgia for the Future”, at [more]

Pedagogy Visited: Exactly What Is Teaching Excellence? (Part A)

by Randall Lavender, Professor & Associate Chair, Foundation We all want to teach well. Yet, ironically, while we work hard toward that goal (and are quick to judge those who taught our students before us), most of us actually know too little [more]

YouTube Pedagogy Helping students learn how to evaluate information is difficult. The Teaching Learning Center is experimenting with creating YouTube videos to help teach skills for freshmen in particular. Our most recent [more]

Digital Storytelling and Second Life

By Leena Pendharkar Web 2.0, or the second wave of the Internet explosion, has brought with it an unprecedented level of media consciousness. While corporations have controlled film, television and music in the past, Web 2.0 has fostered [more]

A Professor’s Perspective on Virtual Worlds

by Heather Joseph-Witham, Ph.D. During the fall of 2006, I received a generous Fletcher Jones grant through the Otis College of Art and Design TLC (teaching and learning center) in order to take the time to delve into academic concepts regarding [more]