How to Join and How This Dialogue Works

How to Join

Participation in the Dialogue is open to all members of the SJSU community - employees, students, alumni, and community members.

Online Dialogue

A SJSU listserve discussion group is set up solely for this purpose. You will need to join the e-mail list to participate.

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Face-to-Face Dialogue

Face-to-Face Dialogue consists of regular forums or brown bags discussions that are held once or twice monthly during the academic year.

  • Where to meet
  • IRC 101 from NOON - 1 PM; usually on Wednesdays and Thursdays
  • How to access the schedules
  • Current schedule
  • Events of Calendar of the Center for Faculty Development and Support


Your Role

  • Join the email discussion group (Online Dialogue) and offer your views on the question(s) posed.
  • Get others involved in the face-to-face and online discussions, including students.
  • Discuss the topics in smaller groups with your colleagues or in the classroom. Discuss the topic with people at other campuses.
  • Participate in the twice monthly Face-to-Face Dialogues in IRC 101. Schedule for this semester.
  • Volunteer to do some research as needed.
  • Keep current with some of the literature on this vast topic. There are many helpful links in our Background Information.
  • Become an "Educated Person Fellow" by attending workshops and leading an online discussion.

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Additional Information

Summaries of Past Dialogues

  • Information on quantitative literacy (fall 2006)
  • A Look at SJSU's History and the Educated Person
  • Slides from the workshop on interdisciplinary learning with a focus on global warming - 3/8/06
  • A list of ideas from the Dialogue (as of 11/18/05)
  • What does it mean to be an educated person?
  • What can an educated person do?
  • Analysis of SJSU's GE Objectives and Mission
  • Characteristics of an Educated Person: A Comparison of Skills/Abilities/Knowledge from a Variety of Sources
  • What do other universities do to help students become educated persons?
  • Values and the Curriculum
  • A Checklist of Information Competencies for College Students - created by a team of CSU and community college librarians
  • Bill Nance's PowerPoint™ overview from his 9/29/03 presentation on the American Democracy Project

Examples of questions raised in Online Dialogues since May 2003

  • What does it mean to be an educated citizen/person? [May 2003]
  • Is helping students to become educated citizens/persons an appropriate goal for all majors at SJSU?Does the student's incoming level of preparedness for university-level study matter? [Fall 2003] A new question based on the 9/9/03 face-to-face discussion: What do we expect an educated person/citizen to be able to do?
  • Broadly speaking, what is needed to help someone become an educated citizen/person? What was the "most educational" course or experience you had that might be reproduced for others? What role should a university play in helping students become educated citizens/persons? Who all needs to be involved – what is the role for each party? Could we create a roles and responsibilities chart? [Fall 2003]
  • What is the best term for what we are trying to help our students become – educated citizens? Educated persons? Lifelong learners? Something else? [Spring 2004]
  • Is SJSU's GE program sufficient to help our students to become educated persons? Are improvements needed? If yes, what? If no, why? [Summer/Fall 2004]
  • What is the role of departments and colleges in helping their majors to become educated citizens/persons? [Fall 2004]
  • How does a student know if he or she has become an educated person? How do we know? Are there tools to help make these determinations? [Fall 2004]
  • Should "general education" have a different name that is more descriptive and meaningful?
  • What are three key activities SJSU should undertake or improve upon to help us do a better job of helping our students become educated persons and to help them understand that that is a reason for pursuing a university education? [Spring 2005]
  • What do the words "responsible (or good) citizenship" and "socially responsible" mean in the context of a university and our programs? (These words are used in our GE program learning objectives and university mission statement.) How do we help students to achieve these objectives? How do we know if they were achieved? [Spring 2006]

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