Learning Interactively Outside the Norm: Great Books at Paine College (The L.I.O.N. Initiative)

Paine College is committed to excellence in education and improving the quality of student learning. Learning Interactively Outside the Norm (L.I.O.N.): Great Books at Paine College was established as a campus-wide activity to promote the scholarship of reading. Through the three specific outcomes of (1) improving reading skills, (2) increasing reading engagement, and (3) intellectual engagement, the L.I.O.N. Initiative utilizes the enterprise of reading rigorous texts as a way of engaging the entire Paine College community in scholarly endeavors.

Programmatic Features Include:

  • Curriculum enhancement
  • Pedagogical study
  • Assessment development
  • Identification of outcome measures
  • Faculty development
  • Student focused informal activities
    • Public readings by authors of select texts
      Brown bag forums
      Book clubs
      Round table discussions
      Readings in the residence halls
      Peer collage collaborations on select readings
      Connections with Great Books and film
      Community members leading reading discussions
      Great Books quiz show