The Future of Education

Students explore and reimagine JMU’s General Education curricula to include meaningful, transformative courses.

The Future of Learning at James Madison University

The Future of Learning at JMU
This course offers an opportunity to embark on a semester-long project to re-think student learning and development in and out of the classroom. Students work in interdisciplinary teams alongside other students and faculty from across the university using design and innovation methods that are applicable to a variety of professional contexts. This semester, students collaborated with JMU’s Student Affairs division and craft projects that are informed by the following topics: student health and well-being; student life and success; and access, inclusion and diversity. At the end of the semester, teams present projects that demonstrate a compelling vision of the future of student learning and development at our institution to members of the university administration, who will assess the projects’ merits for further development and possible implementation.

This course is designed to provide students with a significant opportunity to shape the future of the university. This year, it represents a collaboration between Student Affairs, College of Health and Behavioral Studies, the College of Arts and Letters, and JMU X-Labs.

Sections
UNST 300
PSYC 403
WRTC 328
HONS 300 (section 0020)

Faculty Team
Kenn Barron (Psychology)
Seán McCarthy (Writing, Rhetoric & Technical Communication)
Jonathan Stewart (Student Affairs)

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Antiracism and General Education

What does one need to know to be a fully functional citizen? What kind of knowledge is important to operate in the world of tomorrow? What broad skills does a college graduate in 2026 need to have? Perhaps more importantly, whose knowledge should count as important and relevant enough to teach to the leaders of tomorrow? Whose perspective should be dominant? Whose stories should we tell?

Are you interested in participating in a conversation about these questions? Are you interested in joining a diverse team of multidisciplinary faculty from across campus to critique the syllabi of yesterday and shape the courses of tomorrow? Are you interested in rethinking the Gen Ed experience from an anti-racist perspective? If so, join the conversation and sign-up for this class.

Working in interdisciplinary teams, students and faculty in this JMU X-Labs/AAAD course will explore and reimagine JMU’s General Education curricula to include meaningful, transformative courses and learning opportunities focused on addressing the oppressive structures that create barriers to justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI). We will explore best theory and practice in antiracist and decolonial pedagogy, conduct interviews and focus groups with a broad range of constituencies, gain experience working in interdisciplinary teams while using a variety of innovation and design methods, and practice skills that enable effective responses to complex and pressing problems. Together, we will imagine and develop a prototype that could be brought to scale at JMU. At semester’s end, course participants will share their work with members of the university administration and faculty for potential future development and implementation.

The Future of Learning
Working in interdisciplinary teams, students and faculty in this JMU X-Labs course will prototype ambitious hybrid and online education projects with the expected goal of contributing to the future of learning at JMU. Students will explore best theory and practice in hybrid and online learning, gain experience working in interdisciplinary teams while using a variety of innovation and design methods, and practice skills that enable effective responses to complex and pressing problems.

At semester’s end, course participants will showcase their work to members of the university administration and faculty, who will assess those ideas for potential future development and implementation.

This course is supported by President Alger’s Pandemic-Related Learning and Innovation TaskforceJMU X-Labs, the Office of Student Affairs, and the colleges of Arts and LettersEducationIntegrated Science and Engineering, and Visual and Performing Arts.

Fall 2022

The Future of Education

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