Have Liberal Arts institutions stepped up to deliver a values-based education relevant for the 21st century? Are educators prepared to deliver integrated, multi-disciplinary experiences that promote long-term sustainability across societies, organizations and the environment? How can we move closer to redefining our roles as educators, collectively?
The discussion aims to consider possible stategies to enable educators and institutions to rethink traditional content and pedagogies towards holistic, integrated and experience-based learning. Given the fast pace of technological development, it may be wise to remind of or redefine the values and goals of institutions and in doing so, rekindle the interest of faculty, students, administrators, and staff in the mission of Higher Education. The investments in opportunities to engage in campus discussions across all levels, and the ripple effects that follow, can only enrich and strenghten the communities where this occurs. In doing so, we will not only begin to model a collaborative and cooperative behaviour for our students, but will ourselves learn to heal and restore the connections between academic disciplines weakened over time.