Liberal Education Talk: "Making choices, giving meaning: Liberal arts, agency and advising"

28. Oct

On Wednesday, 28th October 2020, Oscar van den Wijngaard (University College Maastricht) will have a Liberal Education Talk about "Making choices, giving meaning: Liberal arts, agency and advising" on Zoom from 4pm to 5:30 pm. 

Traditionally, an important goal of liberal arts education has been to educate independent individuals, who engage in critical thinking and assume responsibility for society and the world around them. The more recent variation on the theme of liberal arts education is the so-called open curriculum, which provides students with even more flexibility to design their own individual curriculum. Academic advising is seen as an integral part of the philosophy of the open curriculum, as it is aimed at creating unique opportunities for students to give meaning to what they study. One could even go as far as to claim that without academic advising, open curricula can never achieve the objective of educating independent, critically thinking and responsible individuals.

Oscar van den Wijngaard taught humanities and coordinated academic advising at University College Maastricht between 2003 and 2017. Nowadays he works as policy advisor and project coordinator at EDLAB, the institute for education innovation at Maastricht University. His focus continues to be on student engagement, and the essential role of advising. 

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