Education - Page 8 - Liberal Arts, from page 2

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Liberal Arts, from page 2
learns the same way.

The title reflects that different way of approaching learning and developing creative solutions.

“People who have been successful think a certain way about problems and how to get to a solution, which often works – but when it doesn’t work, we have to think the ‘wrong’ way,” she says.

She and the Rev. Scott Adams, assistant director of interfaith and ecumenical ministries, developed the course for students who are challenged by what they perceive as restrictive learning. In The Wrong Course, which will be offered next spring, learning is self-guided and students determine what gets graded. They use the process of Ignatian reflection and discernment to determine what their learning objectives are and become more engaged in their own learning.

“The learning will be community-based,” Getz says, noting that students will work with partners such as local businesses, nonprofits, entrepreneurs or hospitals. “We want students to have that kind of exposure.” After each class, with the help of their classmates, students will reflect on whether and how their experience met their learning objectives.

“Students will work with each other to become agents of their own learning,” Getz says. “We want them to experience life in such a way that they’re always learning from what they experience.”

While some students might find the process puzzling or unnerving, Getz believes other students will find it freeing, and it will lead to not only more innovation but an improved relationship with Baltimore, benefitting the city as well.

That same process of reflection is illustrated in another project – business students will develop an e-portfolio in which they reflect on the courses they take, and why they are taking liberal arts courses.

“We are asking students to articulate the value of their education,”Getz says.“For example if they understand history they’ll make better decisions in business.” •