Gen-ed courses must offer students new ways of engaging with their field of interest: Opinion


In a recent article for the Chronicle of Higher Ed, Beth McMurtrie discusses the ways that postsecondary institutions are attempting to make general education courses more engaging for students. McMurtrie writes that when students perceive gen-ed courses as being pointless and unavoidable, this evidence that the institution has not overseen the courses adequately. When optimized, gen-ed courses can offer students an opportunity to learn about other areas of study and how they may apply to their interests. McMurtrie gives examples of some programs that ensure their gen-ed courses help students gain transferrable skills and knowledge and discusses strategies that instructors may use to facilitate student engagement.

Chronicle of Higher Ed (Acct. Req.)