For more than three decades, higher education has wrestled with how to adapt to an ongoing wave of technological innovation and, if possible, adopt it. What is clear is that technology changes, and changes again. Today’s educational environment is one in which mobile technologies, social media and MOOCs are commonplace. But while the tools of education change, some questions remain foundational: Can we adopt technologies without ourselves being changed?
The Asia Desk
Tom Plate is a friendly guy who listens closely, has traveled the world and, like many newspaper writers, knows a lot yet says it succinctly. A former editorial page editor, Plate is the author of the four-volume “Giants of Asia” book series about important Asian leaders: Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew, Malaysia’s Mahathir Mohamad, Thailand’s Thaksin Shinawatra and South Korea’s Ban Ki-Moon, U.N. Secretary General. In 2010, he brought his knowledge of Asia and a student-run Asia media project to LMU. Here’s a look at a one-man Asia desk.
In the waters off Catalina Island, they swam with sharks. Eighteen incoming freshmen lived to tell about it. Theirs was an exercise in putting the study of science into practice, the first of many lessons for students with dreams of making a career in the field.
Read Between the Lines
When his teaching schedule permits, Professor Stephen Shepherd pours over the medieval poem “Piers Plowman,” one of the literary hits of the 14th century.
Life Sciences Building
On Oct. 5, 2015, LMU’s new Life Sciences Building was dedicated with a celebration of more than 400 alumni, local government leaders and friends. We asked some of those now teaching there to describe a feature of the building they especially like.
In February 2012, 10 students journeyed more than 2,400 miles From L.A.’s southwest urban sprawl, palm trees and freeways to the creeks and hollers of the coal-ridden mountains of West Virginia.
The Native Spirit
Daniel Smith-Christopher’s “Christianity and Native America” course may be the only U.S. college offering that includes six days of classes on a train. But riding the rails is more than a novelty.
In November 1985, a group of Gryphon Circle women decided they wanted to paint a dorm at Rancho San Juan Bosco boys orphanage in Tecate, Mexico, to the east of Tijuana.