● Interrogating our own experiences, to learn more about it as we experience it
● The historicizing of higher ed.
● Race in the history of higher ed.
● Hybrid education
● Collaboration as a critical part of new pedagogy
○ How technology can help toward collaborative classroom models.
● Learn more about what distinguishes higher ed. from K-12
○ + How values get transferred onto higher education
○ We all view higher ed. differently, and that's at the course
● First class: shaky beliefs in higher ed, scared of higher ed. in loco parentis
○ Now: more faith in higher ed., this class has been really informative, both
nationally and globally
○ This class has forced us to articulate our ideas and backgrounds w/ higher ed.
which has brought us to some really important discoveries, and maybe breaking
○ Intergenerational dialogue is very important.
● This class has allowed us to explore intellectual discussions of higher education
○ Particularly, has acted as a pedagogical model both intellectually and for the life
of a student at Oberlin
● Starting: frustrated w/ my college experience
○ This class allowed for exploration of that phenomenon, but only complicated the
situation and the questions surrounding higher ed., but we've gained the ability
to name these discussions, problems, argument, and opinions about all of it.
● How we learn to learn and the spaces that happens in
● This class opened up the question of K-12 and how that affects people more profoundly
(both in and out of the context of higher ed.)
● Democracy is a big part of this discussion, and it's important to understand how it
underpins the (under)efficiency of our institutions.
● We can't predict or change the cultural shift in higher ed.
● College sucks, and this class has allowed us to explore the information and subject
matter via this important discussion model.
○ This class gave us a better understanding of higher ed., so maybe now we're on a
way to changing it for the better?
● This class has expanded education to K-16, because it's all so interwoven.
● Oppression permeates systems, especially higher ed.
● Facilitating this class allowed us as students to explore questions that make for better
pedagogy, not simply restate your opinion.
● This class was a cool experiment in pedagogy.
● Alumni thoughts:
● We've explored difficult topics, not as many solutions.
● These questions are institutional, but also affect the status of our society (as education
is a common good) and will mark our generation's progress.
● This has made us consider the immediate and long term impacts of our decisions in
● The "knowledge economy" and the role of neoliberalism in higher ed. has revealed a
powerful, and brutal, recent history of higher ed., which is important modern context.
○ This class awakened a passion for learning.
○ This class has forced a reconsideration of both theory and praxis of higher ed.
○ Motivated to organize this class to have partners in a class that he himself isn't
an "expert" in, because it's been a communal learning experience.
● Adaptations can be made, to either find differences among institutions, as well as to
find ways to uplift all higher education institutional foundations
● This class was eye opening for the institutional foundation of awareness of institutional
● It's not just enough to demand more POC in institutions of higher ed., we need to build
more sustainable ways of increasing diversity across the board