April 23, 2012
Sven Arvidson, Director of the Liberal Studies Department, published "E-portfolios in a Liberal Studies Program: An Experiment in Sustainability" in Teaching Sustainability/Teaching Sustainably (Stylus Books, 2012). The Liberal Studies e-portfolio project, now in its third year, is infused in the curriculum from the introductory course through senior synthesis. Arvidson explored the first two years of implementing e-portfolios in the program with limited budget and no campus examples to emulate. For program faculty, the guiding principle became sustainability, defined as efficient support and continuation of a good in common. Arvidson addressed environmental impact, metacognition, alumni mission fulfillment, and curricular assessment in his chapter. Arvidson received his Ph.D. from Georgetown University. He has been on the faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences since 1999. He founded the Consortium of Interdisciplinary Scholars, directs the Liberal Studies program, and is a Visiting Associate Professor of Philosophy. The College of Arts and Sciences, the largest college in Seattle University, offers 33 undergraduate and 7 advanced degrees.
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