Not what it used to. At least that’s according to Paula Krebs of Bridgewater State College in Massachusetts in a recent Slate post:
Cultivating the desire to play, to fiddle, to mess around with new research and creativity tools will create graduates who are ready to enter the workforce. They won’t be the docile employees the more old-school Marxist faculty members are loath to produce. Instead of being eager to please, they’ll be eager to learn, to challenge, to grow. In the commercespeak that is sometimes necessary for defense of the liberal arts, we need to acknowledge that our best students are innovators and entrepreneurs (shudder). We who educate the majority of college students in this country need to provide the skills with technology that allow students to see its place at the intersection of the culture and the economy.
We don’t need to build more huge high-tech buildings to train STEM graduates—we can teach students to build wikis in class. We don’t need to require that they purchase the latest high-tech device—we can work with what they have, or what the library has, to teach them to use free apps for group assignments, to produce annotated documents, to design basic webpages. . . .
An interesting take. Professor Krebs full post can be found here.