I had an advising appointment with a student recently. He is not average by any sense of the term. I found myself seeing him as a model for students in University 2.0. It was quite an atypical advising session. I said very little. He came in and laid out his plans for the next 1-2 years. He spoke about his plans for a senior thesis and the problems he was anticipating. He asked me how his plans would mesh with his intention of going on to graduate school. There was very little for me to say, other than to affirm his plans and raise a couple of questions of clarification.
I don’t think the session went as it did merely because the student was bright; rather it was because he has a plan or a vision for his education. I want to know how can we make all students as self-directed and in-charge of one’s education as he is. Any ideas?