Living Ideas: Immersive Assignments and their Learning Outcomes

29 January 2020 (Wed) , 12 PM - 1:30 PM
At USP Masters Commons, 3rd floor, Cinnamon College

Students taking courses in philosophy and the history of ideas are often puzzled by the literary conventions, conceptual frameworks, and philosophical practices they encounter in texts from different cultures and historical periods. In response to this challenge, scholars in the Philosophy as a Way of Life network (2019-2021), a project funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, are currently engaged in an interdisciplinary conversation about how instructors can design immersive assignments that create opportunities for students to put the theories they are studying into practice, while also formulating clear learning goals and rigorous standards of assessment.

In this workshop, A/P Matthew Walker (Yale-NUS) and Dr. Bart Van Wassenhove (NUS), who are both members of the Philosophy as a Way of Life network, will discuss the immersive assignments they have designed for their own courses, explain how they connect with their intended learning outcomes, and reflect on the opportunities and challenges such assignments offer.