A recent survey conducted on Saybrook’s technology tools shows that most Saybrook classes are barely scratching the potential of communications technology.
According to the online survey, developed by Saybrook’s Dean of Instruction Eric Fox, the vast majority of students (73%) usually keep in touch with faculty via email, and almost never with text messaging or chat with audio or video. About half of students reported using listservs to develop group discussions in classes, and less than a quarter reported that classes use blogs, wikis, or online portfolios.
By the same token, email is by far the most popular technology asked for, with an overwhelming majority (80%) saying they were “very interested” in contacting faculty through email. No other technology scored as well, but 80% students reported that they were at least “somewhat interested” in the use of online bulletin boards, videos, self-paced online tutorials, and audio clips/podcasts. A majority of students also expressed interest in the use of online chatrooms or instant messaging, phone conferencing, blogs, wikis, electronic portfolios, listservs, and audio or video chats.
Students also say they’d like opportunities for increased collaboration. Just over half of students (57.4%) would like to collaborate more with other students on projects or courses, and a majority of students (74.7%) either felt that Saybrook’s technological tools were insufficient for building community among students, or were neutral on the question.
Admirers, alumni, and friends of Saybrook have established a scholarship fund in the memory of Saybrook founder James F.T. Bugental, PhD, and Elizabeth Keber Bugental, PhD.
The scholarship will support Saybrook students interested in studying the tradition of existential and experiential psychotherapy developed in the teaching and writing of Jim and Elizabeth.
“Many in the Saybrook community have been deeply moved and influenced by Elizabeth and Jim,” said Saybrook President Lorne Buchman, “and the creation of this annual award is an opportunity to demonstrate our gratitude for and recognition of their enduring contributions to humanistic thought and practice.
In the commencement address that Elizabeth gave to Saybrook graduates in 2006, she encouraged our students to “bear daily witness to the glory of the human spirit, the power of determination, the joy of connection, and the endurance of love.”
“In their lives, Elizabeth and Jim did just that,” Buchman says, “and we are proud that their names will continue to be connected to Saybrook through this new scholarship.”
For Annemarie Welteke, the only problem with her job as a librarian is the marketing: she thinks the Navy stole her slogan.
“You know how they used to say ‘see the world, join the Navy?’” Saybrook’s librarian asks. “I always think of it as: see the world, become a librarian. I know it’s not so common an experience, but really the job of librarian is much the same throughout the world. Having worked in five different countries, I can practice as a librarian anywhere.”
Recently she had a chance to prove it, when – as the recipient of a prestigious Fulbright Senior Specialist award – Annemarie served as a peer advisor to the national library of Bahrain, and to the library of the University of Bahrain.
For anyone else, this might have been the opportunity of a lifetime. But for Annemarie, it was one more stop in a lifetime of opportunities.
Annemarie’s career has taken her from Japan (three years) to Ethiopia (nine years) to India (one year) and to the U.S. Here at Saybrook, she found her intellectual home – but of course she wanted to travel again.
We’ve all been to a “special place” – even if we couldn’t explain what that meant. Some places are romantic, others profound, and some have history written all over them.
How does that happen? How do they get that way? Most importantly, could such places, and the way we relate to them, cultivate them, and care for them, have a powerful impact on what happens there?
Saybrook Organizational Systems alumna Renee Levi is heading up a new research project on the Power of Places to influence people and events.
The Powers of Place Collaborative (website currently under construction) is an 18-month initiative supported by the Fetzer Institute and the Berkana Institute that will “catalyze a new field of study and practice based on the premise that right relationship between people and the places in which they gather offers the potential for transformative action needed change in the world,” Levi says.
Saybrook has some great community programs coming up in the months ahead.
Thursday, April 2
The Saybrook Dialogues kick off 2009 with “Leadership, Wisdom, and Making a Difference.” Organizer Marc Lesser, the founder and president of coaching and facilitation company ZBA Associates and the former director of Tassajara Zen Mountain Center, will focus the conversations on making meaning of our personal and professional lives during uncertain and challenging times.
For more information, or to RSVP, call Terry Hopper at 415-394-5220
Tuesday, April 14
An Alumni Community Web-Cast Gathering featuring Saybrook faculty Don-Moss, who will present on the new Mind-Body Medicine degrees and college at Saybrook, followed by a Q&A.
To sign up Contact: SaybrookAlumniAssociation@Saybrook.edu
Saturday, June 13
Alumnus Brian Kolodiejchuk, PhD ’01, Author and Editor of Mother Teresa: Come Be My Light and the Superior General of Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity Fathers, and Alumnus Joseph Bobrow, PhD ’80, Zen Roshi and Founder and Director of the Coming Home Project will give a joint talk at the Saybrook Residential Conference.
Saybrook held its spring Residential Orientation for new students last week, and forty two new students enrolled at Saybrook for the Spring Semester, coming from California, Canada, Switzerland, Alaska, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Colorado, New York, Michigan, Maine, New Jersey, and other points across the globe.
They come to Saybrook with experience at a variety of schools, including Seton Hall, Kent State, Mills College, St. John’s University, Naropa, the Bangalore Theological Seminary, San Diego State, UC Berkeley, Syracuse Unviersity, and more.
The average age of the spring class is 40, befitting a graduate school most focused on established career professionals, and a slim majority – 22 – are pursuing PhDs.
A school is defined by its people, yes: but at Saybrook, more than many schools, technology impacts how much access we have to our learning community, and how we can interact with it.
That’s why Eric Fox, Saybrook’s new Dean of Instruction, is conducting a survey of faculty and students to find out how they use and relate to technology. What do they want, what do they need, and what’s the best way to connect them to their peers?
“This survey is designed to give both faculty and students a voice in the use and selection of educational technologies at Saybrook,” Fox says, “and the results will inform an educational technology plan being developed.”
It will also outline current and future needs – giving Fox a heads up if there are needs not being met, or challenges appearing on the horizon.
Saybrook will be holding a spring open house for prospective students in its San Francisco offices on Thursday, March 12, from 5:30 - 8 p.m.
Accessible in person, by webcast and teleconference, the open house will feature presentations on:
- Saybrook. LIOS, and the new University structure;
- Academics at Saybrook, including our humanistic tradition and our model of community-based distance learning;
- Overviews of our degree programs (psychology, mind-body medicine, organizational systems, and human science)
- Financial aid
In addition, there will be break out sessions on specializations and concentrations. Snacks will also be served, and the admissions staff will be available to answer questions.
For more information, or to register, email email@example.com.
Students join Saybrook’s Social Transformation Concentration because they want to make a difference in the world: now Saybrook can offer them an opportunity to help reform government while they study.
This month Saybrook, the global leader in humanistic education and thought, has announced an agreement with Public Citizen, one of America’s leading consumer advocacy organizations.
Dr. Craig Holman, Public Citizen’s Legislative Representative and an ethics consultant for the Obama Administration, has agreed to take on interns from Saybrook for his office.
“I research and manage issues in lobbying, campaign finance, and government ethics, so an intern for me would do work in these areas,” Holman said. “That sort of research invariably is used to make policy recommendations. Hopefully, we’ll have Saybrook students helping improve our understanding of these issues in a way that will impact the way government operates.”
Saybrook students now have the opportunity to learn with some of the world’s leading scholar-practitioners in peace and development.
In an agreement signed February 3, Saybrook will incorporate into its Social Transformation Concentration curriculum two online courses developed for TRANSCEND Peace University (TPU). Based in Austria, TPU draws faculty from among the leading peace scholars and practitioners in their fields internationally. It is the educational arm of the TRANSCEND Network –connecting 350 individuals and institutions from 80 countries working to reduce structural violence through action, education, dissemination, and research. The two courses, which will be available to all Saybrook students, are Peaceful Conflict Transformation – the Transcend Method, taught by Drs. Johan Galtung and Sara Horowitz, and The Human Right to Adequate Food, taught by Dr. George Kent.
"This is an extraordinary opportunity for Saybrook students to explore the cutting edge of conflict transformation and global social justice issues with stellar faculty who have world-wide reputations in their areas of expertise,” said Joel Federman, who directs Saybrook’s Social Transformation Concentration.