It is a truism to say that the world is always changing: however, the scale
(global) and pace (technology) is unprecedented. My grandfather was born
in 1883, and passed away in 1979. He liked to say that the first 50 years
of his life would have been recognizable to his great-grandfather, but the last
46 years were not recognizable even to himself. While the technological
advances have opened up entirely new worlds of discovery, it is also the case
that social problems look very much the same. Poverty, hunger, racism,
and violence have the similar faces they have had for centuries. For
educators, the best hope we as a species has to shine a light and create
positive change is through education.
Education is the role that Fielding plays. Long before the internet, Fielding was
known as a pioneer is what we called “distributed”, now hybrid or blended
learning. As you read through these pages, you will see our values
reflected in our goal to provide a transformational learning environment that
is an excellent, learner-center educational experience predicated on building
knowledge, informed by honoring diversity and caring about confronting the
injustices in society. That is what our students, our faculty, our
alumni, our staff, and our Board focus on, to build the kind of place where
people learn how to create knowledge through scholarship that informs their
practice, ultimately, to create a more humane, just and sustainable world in
whatever context that may mean for their professional and personal development.
The Fielding learning model is perfect for the new world we need to envision.
Years ago, we broke open the classroom to focus on mentor-based relational
learning. Long before anyone else thought of it, we said that scholarship
without practice was a pale substitute for integrating our work and theory to
create a better world. Our programs are founded on a deep interactive
experience that includes focused independent learning. We have broken
open the interdisciplinary silos by offering multidisciplinary programs that
allow students to study the new world we all find ourselves in. A
Fielding education is what the world needs, now more than ever.
Katrina Rogers, PhD