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2009 GenEd Podcasts

AAC&U's Network for Academic Renewal conference: General Education, Assessment, and the Learning Students Need was held February 26-28, 2009 in Baltimore, Maryland. Learn more at

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FEATURED SESSION: ePortfolios for General Education: Enriching and Assessing Student Learning
Bret Eynon, assistant dean for academic affairs and executive director, LaGuardia Center for Teaching and Learning, LaGuardia Community College, City University of New York demonstrates digital collections of students' work that include reflections on how their learning can build engagement, advance core competencies, and help them craft new identities as learners. He explores opportunities relationships among pedagogy, technology, and assessment, and considers opportunities for ePortfolio work. Recorded Saturday, February 28, 2009, 7:45 a.m.
(Posted on Thu, 16 04 2009 03:55:20)

PLENARY: General Education for the 21st Century: From Conception to Implementation
Gail Evans, dean of undergraduate studies, San Francisco State University and Joseph Wood, professor of geography and former interim president, University of Southern Maine describe how campuses can create more intentional general education programs using new theoretical structures and practical strategies. They focus on how to engage students in real-world problems, interdisciplinary learning, global understanding, and civic engagement. Recorded, Saturday, February 28, 2009, 11:00 a.m.
(Posted on Thu, 16 04 2009 04:04:06)

PLENARY: The Role of Assessment in Furthering Student Engagement, Inclusion, and Achievement
Mary Allen, consultant in higher education; Sylvia Hurtado, professor and director of the Higher Education Research Institute, University of California Los Angeles; and Patricia Iannuzzi, dean of libraries, University of Nevada, Las Vegas address the characteristics of quality assessment and review the assessment of information literacy. They highlight selected large-scale and course-based longitudinal assessments by the Higher Education Research Institute. Recorded, Friday, February 27, 2009, 9:15 a.m.
(Posted on Thu, 16 04 2009 04:14:29)

KEYNOTE: Why General Education is a Problem
Louis Menand, Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of English and American Literature and Language, Harvard University examines the history of American higher education as a context for the kinds of issues that arise when faculty attempt to formulate and implement general education curricula. Dr. Menand offers thoughts on the historical meanings of general education, varying models for general education, and the possibilities for innovation in the undergraduate curriculum to assure that every student leaves college prepared for work and engagement in an increasingly complex and competitive global society. Recorded, Thursday, February 26, 2009, 7:00 p.m.
(Posted on Thu, 16 04 2009 04:29:44)

PLENARY: Examining Practices that Strengthen Assessment and Achievement
John Hammang, director of special projects and development, AASCU; Terrel Rhodes, vice president for quality, curriculum and assessment, AAC&U; and David Shulenburger, vice president for academic affairs, NASULGC examine the effectiveness of and relationships among a variety of tools, including ePortfolios, standardized tests, and qualitative assessments used to document achievement of student learning outcomes. Recorded, Friday, February 27, 2009, 12:30 p.m.
(Posted on Tue, 19 05 2009 03:49:54)