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University Studies Program: General Education for the 21st Century

Another “Launch Semester” for University Studies: Quest II

We begin this “spring” semester with gratitude for work of the UW Oshkosh campus community to bring Quest II courses into existence this semester. 

The Registrar’s Office, Advisors, Residence Life, Polk Library, committee members, the teaching community in multiple disciplines, ADAs, Learning Technologies, workshop facilitators, and many others have contributed so much to create a second semester general education experience that supports student success.

Thank you!

Quest II Class

What are the goals for the Quest II?  

  • Reinforce the outcomes of Quest I courses by continuing conversations about liberal education, campus resources, Essential Learning Outcomes, and the Signature Questions.
  • Introduce and explore a second Signature Question.
  • Investigate Ethical Reasoning, the hallmark of Quest II courses in USP, using "case study" and other engaging learning methods.
  • Explore "plagiarism" as an ethical issue in academic life, investigating how knowledge is constructed.
  • Continue to provide a positive, supportive first-year experience for all students while challenging them to question their assumptions.
  • Utilize the Learning Communities to provide accountability and belonging.
  • Enable students' documentation of and reflection upon learning, reinforcing the use of the ePortfolio.

What are the Ethical Reasoning Student Learning Outcomes for Quest II?

Students will…

  • Become aware of their own perspectives and the frames of reference they use to make ethical decisions;
  • Recognize the complexity inherent in ethical decision-making;
  • Compare and contrast the ethical reasoning of divergent groups or individuals on issues central to course content.
  • Articulate their reasoning.
  • Question their assumptions.
  • Explore the ethics of information literacy.

 Coming Soon:

A video documentary of seven students’ journeys unfolds in real time…

All-Campus USP Open Forum on Launch Semester, Wed. February 12, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m., Reeve 202


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