A Practical Strategy for Epistemological Engagement of Non-Traditional Learners in an Intensive, Required, Online Writing and College Research Class
Epistemologies are funny things. They seem to change with the times and student engagement in the creation of knowledge fluctuates correspondingly. We will discuss the nature of debate vs dialogue and critical thinking and liberal education in our complex culture of vast information, relativism, distractions and ambivalence, and look at the potential of online teaching and self-empowerment. We will reference the success of the Charter Oak State College IDS 101 Cornerstone Seminar; an intensive online class in college writing and research. In this course students choose their own topics so it is vital to meet them wherever they are in their knowledge base and careers, and encourage and empower them to formulate or grow their own epistemology in a community of scholars for the common good.