Engaged Pedagogies: The Bard LAS Certificate 2017-02-02T20:31:37+00:00
Engaged Pedagogies

The Bard Institute for Writing and Thinking’s Certificate in Liberal Arts and Sciences Pedagogies provides educators with student-centered frameworks for the practical application of LAS educational theories in their discipline and in interdisciplinary classrooms. This intensive 160-hour program, comprised of a sequence of graduated workshops, introduces faculty to ‘pedagogies of engagement.’
Working with their peers, faculty are provided opportunities to reflect on what fosters students’ capacities for thinking critically, communicating proficiently, and retaining and transferring knowledge to new situations.
Certificates will be awarded after participants complete a series of experiential weeklong workshops—see reverse for details—and an Action-based Reflective Research Paper.

A liberal arts education is seen as a fundamental part of the process of democratization and as a means of promoting an active and engaged citizenry. In other parts of the world, educators are turning to liberal arts education because they recognize the limits of old teaching methods, particularly in light of competition from new technology, and because they understand that contemporary modes of thinking and the demands that the contemporary marketplace requires them to move beyond the constraints of rigid disciplinary structures.

—Jonathan Becker, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Bard College

Requirements for Earning a Certificate:

Participants must complete one workshop in each of the four categories below and an Action-based Reflective Research Paper.

Thinking Historically through Writing: Justice and the Courts in American Democracy

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“Civics” is defined as the “…study of the theoretical and practical aspects of citizenship, its rights and duties; the duties of citizens to each other as members of a political body and to the government.”  How do we teach these theoretical and practical underpinnings to our students in a way that is intellectually honest, [...]


Writing to Learn in the STEM Disciplines

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With its focus on mathematical and scientific texts, this workshop presents writing strategies that help students gain a better understanding of complex ideas. Specific STEM-related writing practices, which can be used in the classroom or homework assignments, support close reading of texts of all genres—lab reports, word problems, geometrical equations, etc. -- and allow students [...]


Applying the Practices

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Teachers see the potential of IWT practices for improving student writing, thinking, and learning and they look forward to using them in their classrooms, but teachers can also leave the workshop with questions about applications: How do I sequence several writing practices—such as focused free writing, double-entry notebooks, believing and doubting—around a text or group [...]


Teaching the Academic Paper

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Teaching the Academic Paper While we can all recognize good academic writing, especially in our own disciplines, it is more difficult to establish reasonable and professionally-responsible standards for students’ academic papers. This workshop helps to bridge that gap. This workshop explores what we value in academic writing, re-examines how we define it, and offers writing to [...]


Writing and Thinking through Technology

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Writing and Thinking through Technology This version of the weeklong Writing and Thinking workshop invites participants to immerse themselves in IWT’s basic writing practices, reflect on their own experiences as teachers, and consider the impact that technology now undeniably has on the way we conceive and use writing both inside and outside the classroom. This [...]


Best Practices for Syllabus and Assignment Design


Best Practices for Syllabus and Assignment Design This workshop focuses on the essential steps of designing a successful syllabus through the design and sequencing of specific assignments. Beginning with goals specific to the course and discipline, we will work to create a semester of work that maximizes student learning without overburdening the professor. Participants will [...]


Writing to Learn

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This workshop presents writing strategies that help students gain a better understanding of complex ideas, historical documents, literary texts, and mathematical problems.