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

The Thirteenth Annual Conversation on the Liberal Arts

February 13 - 15, 2014


Read Select Papers
Watch Keynote Addresses
Photos from the Conference

Full Program
Conversation Format

George Siemens
Alexandra Juhasz & Elizabeth Losh

Peter Hadreas

Alexander Astin

Owen Youngman
Barry Bandstra

Participant Resources

Travel & Accommodations

Weather Forecast

Driving & Parking Directions

Shuttle Schedule


CCCU Engaged Comunity: LA 2014 attendees, join us for Saturday's events



Those attending the CCCU conference, Engaged Communities: LA 2014 have the opportunity to enrich their time in Southern California with a special event Saturday, February 15 in Santa Barbara. If you have taken part in the Conversation on the Liberal Arts at Westmont College in the past, you know how profitable the intimate, conversational style of the conference can be. And you might have been disappointed to see that this year’s conference—“MOOCing the Liberal Arts? Technology and Relationship in Liberal Arts Education”—overlaps with the CCCU conference.


But you don’t have to miss out entirely. We’ve planned a special day of programming on Saturday, February 15 with you in mind. Three terrific scholars and educational leaders will guide us in discussing how new models of higher education made possible by new technologies are affecting liberal arts education. Alexander Astin, co-founder of UCLA’s Higher Education Research Institute, will explore with us whether the student learning and student development outcomes that liberal arts education is so successful at achieving—especially faith-based liberal arts education—can be adequately pursued with new online or hybrid models. Owen Youngman from University of Chicago, who recently taught his first MOOC, will ask With massive enrollments, and huge attrition rates, what do the numbers mean? Barry Bandstra, professor of religion and director of academic computing at Hope College, will lead a workshop helping us all discern whether new digital models of higher education might be a fit for our campuses and, if so, how they might be implemented.


The program will start at 10:30, giving ample time for the trip up from LA, and we’ll provide transportation form LA to those who need it. We’ll be done at 3:30, giving plenty of time to get back to LA for a late flight or to spend the night. Or you’d have a chance for a beautiful evening along the Santa Barbara waterfront, spending Saturday night here and heading back to LA Sunday morning—or maybe changing your departure flight to leave from Santa Barbara. There are a lot of good options.


The cost will be low—just $35 for the program, which includes lunch, and an additional $35 each way if we provide your transportation. Don’t hesitate to contact us at with any questions. We look forward to seeing you!


Register here for the Saturday program!