Gregorian, Watters, and Rikard: The Interdisciplinarian

When I started college I was enrolled in the psychology program. I noticed over the years I was interacting with the same students, professors, and subject matter. Gregorian’s Colleges Must Reconstruct the Unity of Knowledge is a conversation about what college is and it’s role in a person’s learning and perspective. Gregorian says this about colleges currently, “Higher education has atomized knowledge by dividing it into disciplines, subdisciplines, and sub-subdisciplines — breaking it up into smaller and smaller unconnected fragments of academic specialization…”  I think it makes more sense and is more of an asset to be well versed in a variety of skills rather than focusing on one thing.

When versatility is the nature of the interdisciplinary program, embracing new technology in to the learning seems like a necessity. In The Web We Need to Give Students, by Audrey Watters, she discusses the importance and many benefits of embracing the advantages of technology in learning. “Having one’s own domain means that students have much more say over what they present to the world, in terms of their public profiles, professional portfolios, and digital identities.Students have control over the look and feel of their own sites, including what’s shared publicly.” Having one’s own website is a powerful tool and will be a boon in many potential professional interactions.

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