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Whether pursuing a course or major in the arts and humanities, social sciences, or mathematical and natural sciences, students in Lewis & Clark’s College of Arts and Sciences are simultaneously deepening their understanding and skills in the liberal arts. Lewis & Clark prioritizes five essential elements to the liberal arts: this concept map suggests how these elements correlate to the Association of American Colleges and Universities LEAP (Liberal Education and America’s Promise) learning outcomes.

Though modern technology seems far removed from the liberal arts, many Lewis & Clark academic programs such as Environmental Studies (ENVS) are deploying cutting-edge web technologies in order to enhance liberal arts education; for instance, ENVS has been prioritizing use of these technologies in its recent Mellon-funded initiative. The most promising approach is known as Web2.0: where many think of the Internet in Web1.0 terms as a place where you can download information, Web2.0 tools provide opportunities for collaborative inquiry, resource sharing, and documentation of learning outcomes. In brief, web collaboration turns our pursuit of the liberal arts at Lewis & Clark into a collective endeavor reaching both backward and forward in time.

Below is a clickable concept map image developed using Cmap Tools, one of the many collaborative web tools we deploy at Lewis & Clark. Clicking on this image will expand the Cmap in your browser; clicking on any little box within the Cmap will reveal links to examples at Lewis & Clark and elsewhere. The concept map illustrates just a few possible connections between Lewis & Clark’s essential liberal arts elements and web collaboration tools we have successfully deployed in ENVS; see also our Situated Research Site for examples.


Web Tech Cmap

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