Bad Quiz, Good Quiz

Posted by Nora Mitchell, Director, Open Spaces program

Feb 27, 2015 3:45:00 PM

Bad Quiz
As a student, I hated quizzes. I was an engaged student and did fine, but still… Focused on fussy details, quizzes felt like exercises in bad faith expressly designed to catch me out. As a teacher, I’ve resisted using quizzes and tests, and have used papers, projects, in-class exercises, presentations, and reflection instead.

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Topics: Open Spaces

Eating Healthy on a Ramen Noodle Budget

Posted by Elora Malama West '16

Feb 19, 2015 4:51:23 PM

Okay! Eating healthy… on a college student budget. It's actually not that difficult to accomplish! I think it is important to disclose that I do not eat meat, so I avoid those costs in my weekly food budget. My diet is primary vegetables, fruits, grains, starches, and nuts. This is a vegetarian’s perspective on eating well with a student budget.

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Topics: Student Life

Classroom Community Benefits Critical Thinking

Posted by Jan Maher, Adjunct Professor, Open Spaces Program

Feb 16, 2015 11:23:00 AM

A recent study found that nearly half of undergraduate students do not become more critical thinkers as a result of their first two years in college, and more than a third will complete four years without learning to think more critically than when they entered.1

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Topics: Open Spaces

Sending A Little Love Your Way

Posted by Coralee Holm, Director of Community & Alumni Relations

Feb 13, 2015 2:04:00 PM

We just want to say thank you for hanging in there with us. Your support both financially and from your heart has meant the world to us during a very trying time in the history of the College.

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Topics: Community Engagement

Surviving the Winter Woes in Vermont

Posted by Elora Malama West '16

Feb 12, 2015 10:23:00 AM

So! You moved to an out of state school. You moved to a place (or maybe you have lived here for a long time now, and you still are in denial about how brutal this time of year is) where winters are long, where temperatures are below freezing, and the only colors you see from October to March are white and grey. Welcome to Vermont!

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Topics: Student Life

Creating an Open Learning Space

Posted by Nora Mitchell, Director, Open Spaces program

Feb 11, 2015 4:34:36 PM

In the last meeting of my fall Second-Year Seminar, Pets & People, I asked students to write down three to five things they had learned or accomplished. One student wrote, "I learned how to take control of my own learning, understanding I can make inputs on the materials and subject matter of the course. Power I never knew I had before."

I was thrilled for her and wish every student could claim this.

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Topics: Open Spaces

How to Prepare for Your Graphic Design Job Search

Posted by Robert C. Kirk, Creative Director

Feb 3, 2015 5:31:03 PM



Our B.F.A. in Graphic Design students spend four or more years immersed in the world of graphic design. In their junior and senior years they eat, sleep, and breathe it. They have been honing their craft with the goal of entering a field they love. They can’t wait to contribute their creative energy and ideas to make a difference in the world. They have a 3TB hard drive and room full of class projects they have poured themselves into. This will soon be molded into their portfolio — one of the most valuable tools they possess to get a graphic design job, second only to their personality.

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Topics: Graphic Design, Career Services

Burlington College Finalizes Real Estate Sale

Posted by Coralee Holm, Director of Community & Alumni Relations

Feb 3, 2015 12:23:00 PM

On Monday afternoon, Burlington College completed the planned real estate transaction with developer Eric Farrell. The College sold 27.65 acres of land, including the cottage at 311 North Avenue, a parking lot at 85 North Avenue, and an apartment building at 9 Lakeview Terrace. The College has retained 6 acres of land and its main buildings at 351 North Avenue. 

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Topics: Campus

Small Classes? Big Possibilities.

Posted by Elora Malama West '16

Jan 29, 2015 11:23:00 AM

As someone who was homeschooled from the second grade up until college, I spent almost all my early academic years with small classes and cooperative learning environments. My parents aimed to raise their kids with the understanding that learning is not a chore. Learning is something you do everyday, every hour, all your life. Learning is also something you cannot do primarily alone. It is a collaborative experience, the sharing and re-sharing of ideas and information.

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Topics: Admissions

Activist Elora West ’16 Sparking Interest In Untold Stories

Posted by StaciAnne Grove, Marketing Coordinator

Jan 27, 2015 3:14:00 PM

Elora West ‘16 is already making a difference in the world. From the dolphin-killing cove of Taiji, Japan to the local humane society, West is using her voice to bring awareness to environmental and animal rights issues. At 21 years old, she currently serves on the advisory board for the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (SSCS) and volunteers at the Chittenden County Humane Society. All while she is a full-time student at Burlington College pursuing a degree in media activism and political studies.



West grew up in a family where her dad worked for the Environmental Protection Agency and family friends included people like Paul Watson of the Sea Shepherd.

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Topics: Transfer Students, Media Activism

Burlington College

Burlington College is a small, creative, private liberal arts institution located in Burlington, Vermont. Located on the shore of Lake Champlain, the College has been recognized as having the most free-spirited students in one of the healthiest states in the country.

The College offers Associate, Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees, as well as an Individualized Master’s degree program, and several professional certificate programs.

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