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Fostering Purpose in Today’s College Student through the One Book/One Campus Initiative and Classroom Exercises in Reflection

Important Question Explored:  How can student assignments and projects incorporate the shared book program?

Presenter:  Lisa Liseno, Assistant in Undergraduate Studies/Academic Center for Excellence (ACE)

Lisa Liseno, who teaches courses in the Academic Center for Excellence and Department of Philosophy at The Florida State University, has implemented these strategies in the undergraduate classroom context

Presenter:  Patrick Heaton, Assistant Dean of Students/Director for New Student & Family Programs

Patrick Heaton chairs the FSU One Book / One Campus book selection committee  and implementation process.


Abstract

Creating assignments that encourage students to reflect on their own purpose and passions can be challenging. However our University’s shared book program “One Book / One Campus,” presents the perfect opportunity for faculty to meet this challenge. In this session we will provide an explanation of what the shared book program is. Then we will show how assignments based on the selected book can be incorporated to aide college students’ pursuit of purpose and passion.

Session Experience: Presenters Lisa Liseno and Patrick Heaton provide a description of the shared book program. They show how assignments based on the selected book can be incorporated to assist college students in their pursuit of purpose and passion.  Liseno and Heaton cover ways that various types of academic institutions can implement this type of shared book program and share specific examples of assignments based on these books and student’s responses to these assignments. Participants engage in  interactive dialogue regarding lessons learned, implementation challenges/innovations, and feedback about successful strategies for creating meaningful classroom discussion and assignments.

Extending the Experience:   After the session, participants will . . . . . . have ideas relating to successful strategies for creating meaningful classroom discussion and assignments.