MOOCing the Liberal Arts? Technology and Relationship in Liberal Arts Education

The Thirteenth Annual Conversation on the Liberal Arts

February 13 - 15, 2014


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George Siemens
Alexandra Juhasz & Elizabeth Losh

Peter Hadreas

Alexander Astin

Owen Youngman
Barry Bandstra

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Call for Proposals


The Gaede Institute for the Liberal Arts at Westmont College invites proposals for papers on the theme of “MOOCing the Liberal Arts? Technology and Relationship in Liberal Arts Education.” We seek submissions from scholars across the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences addressing issues in their field related to emerging technologies and their impact on higher education. We also seek submissions from faculty and administrators on pedagogical and curricular innovations resulting from or responding to new technologies and the learning contexts they make possible. We hope that all submissions might connect to the question: How are new technologies and the teaching contexts they make possible shaping liberal arts education? Some concurrent sessions will be dedicated to outstanding student work. Please encourage your students to submit a proposal.Conversation

One of the highlights of the Conversation on the Liberal Arts, as the name suggests, is the rich discussion it provokes. We hope for an extended conversation among all participants on issues around technology and the liberal arts. We anticipate that all participants will take part in the entire conference and be active participants in the extensive discussion times in plenary sessions. Papers accepted for concurrent sessions will be distributed in advance, and these sessions will be dedicated primarily to discussion of the paper after a brief introduction by the author and a brief response.

Please submit either a 350-word abstract or a completed paper (maximum 25 pages in English) with a 350-word abstract as an email attachment in .doc/x or .pdf format to All standard academic citation and formatting styles will be accepted, but we prefer Chicago Manual of Style. Be sure to include: 1) First author’s full name, academic rank or job title, name of institution or organization, and contact information—mail, phone, and email; 2) Full names, ranks or titles, and institutions/organizations of all co-authors; 3) Title of abstract or paper. All student work should be clearly labeled as student work.

The deadline for submitting proposals has been extended to December 9, 2013. Those submitting will be contacted by December 21 with a decision on the acceptance of the proposal. If a proposal is accepted, the full paper should be submitted by January 10, 2014. If you do not receive confirmation of your submission within a couple of days, please re-send.

Selected papers may be developed for publication following the conference. Proceedings from previous Conversations on the Liberal Arts are available from the Gaede Institute.

Conference Planning Committee:

Christian Hoeckley, Director, Gaede Institute for the Liberal Arts

Kevin Hess, Senior Director of Information Technology

Lisa DeBoer, Professor of Art History, Westmont College

Wayne Iba, Professor of Computer Science, Westmont College

Steve Contakes, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Westmont College

Holly Beers, Instructor of Religious Studies, Westmont College

Cameron Sublett, Instructor of Communication, Santa Barbara City College