From Evidence to Scholarship

Friday, March 16 • 10:00am - 11:00am
Designing Inquiry-Based Research, from Quantitative to Visual Literacies

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Designing Inquiry-Based Research, from Quantitative to Visual Literacies: Christopher Gilman and Jacob Alden Sargent
Liberal arts colleges face pressure around educational cost and value, the professional specialization of the professoriate, and a proliferation of technologies, tools and information beyond what small colleges can collect and provide to students. In this context, institutions may question their general education mission and its long standing focus on common experiences, great books, and writing-centric curricula, without clear direction on what all students should be able to do or know by the time they graduate.
At our institution, we are collaborating with faculty to explore and support inquiry-based curriculum design that fosters undergraduate research competencies for all students prior to their disciplinary specialization. We see inquiry-based course design, and the utilization of digital collaboration and communication tools, as a common thread that can unite various campus interests in equipping students to become leaders in their civic lives and careers. Through various grant-funded programs, co-curricular programs, and library research workshops, we seek to embed multiple literacies (or meta-literacies), such as quantitative, visual, computational, geospatial etc., into the general curriculum in ways that complement and support disciplinary research. We suggest that students’ abilities to ask questions, seek relevant information, analyze information, and communicate their results can be best cultivated in collaborative research environments where professors create inductive and open spaces for learning.


Christopher Gilman

Occidental College
Chris Gilman is Associate Director for Design + Development in the Center for Digital Liberal Arts, and Affiliated Faculty in Comparative Studies in Literature and Culture at Occidental College. He has a PhD in Slavic languages and literatures and a BA in Russian studies. His professional... Read More →

Jacob Alden Sargent

Occidental College
Jacob Alden Sargent is an Associate Director for Instruction and Research in the Center for Digital Liberal Arts at Occidental College.

Friday March 16, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
PAB 320

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