In this post I am going to discuss the three readings that we read for class. All three of the articles spoke to Interdisciplinary education with a different perspective and focus. The first article, titled “Colleges Must Reconstruct the Unity of Knowledge” , Vartan Gregorian discusses higher education and how its is largely focused on a person being job-ready, versus being an overall well educated person.
The next article, titled “The Web We Need to Give Students” , Audrey Watters talks about the online domain and how it enables students to have a space to share their work, connect with others, and create an online portfolio. At the very beginning of the article she also brings up the topic of student safety on online, this is a topic that has received a lot of attention from the education word. As more and more schools are integrating technology into their education, this is essential to keep up with.
Last but not least, the article titled “Do I Own My Domain if You Grade it?” Andrew Rikhard elaborates on web domains and all of the possibilities that they could potentially provide to students. Rikhard comments on the views of Audrey Watters when speaking to domains and their pros and cons. Rikhard speaks to the audiences that are created when we go online. If one has an assignment that they have to pass in to a professor and will never see again, they might put in an average amount of effort, whereas if one is creating something that is going to be posted online with the world as their audience, they might invest a lot more effort.
All of these articles are bringing different topics to the table, but they all have common factors when speaking to education and how technology and the integration of diciplines is becoming an essential part of that. As a new student to the Interdisciplinary field, these three articles brought together ideas that gave me a well rounded idea of what some of the key aspects of Interdisciplinary studies are, why they are important for us to be well educated on them, and how they are especially relevant at this time.