This week, The Dartmouth reflects on student experiences in four experiential or applied college courses, including Chinese Calligraphy with Professor Wen Xing, Immersion Experience in Applied Economics and Policy with Professor Elisabeth Curtis, Humans and Nature in America with Professor Terry Osborne, and 3D Digital Modeling with Professor Lorie Loeb:
In a 2016 announcement about the “Liberal Arts Imperative,” College President Phil Hanlon said that Dartmouth “serves as a laboratory for intellectual innovation.” Each course at Dartmouth fulfills this mission differently.
The students in these four courses tended to agree that providing a kinesthetic experience improves their understanding of their respective subjects. Not only can it add further dimensions to their education, but it also allows students to internalize and apply their learnings to the world. As Hanlon said, this innovation “will prove an essential part of a liberal arts education.”
“It is one thing to read an article or listen to a lecture,” Jessica Kittelberger '18 said. “But actually going to a place and seeing a process, event or actively [learning] in the given environment does so much more cognitively and emotionally.”
Read the full article from The Dartmouth.