SO NOW YOU ASK…Why is this important to me? Of what value is this class? How will this class benefit me in my personal and professional endeavors? Ultimately, you are responsible for yourself and your actions. It is that responsibility and the course of action that you take that will help you create an ethical code of values by which you guide your life both personally and professionally. In order to prepare you for the furtherance of your academic / professional career and your personal growth development, Miami Dade College has created the Ten General Education Learning Outcomes which are essential to the mission of the College. The purpose of these general education outcomes is to provide multiple, varied, and intentional learning experiences to facilitate the acquisition of fundamental knowledge and skills and the development of attitudes that foster effective citizenship and life-long learning. The ten outcomes are: 1. Communicate effectively using listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. 2. Use quantitative analytical skills to evaluate and process numerical data. 3. Solve problems using critical and creative thinking and scientific reasoning. 4. Formulate strategies to locate, evaluate, and apply information. 5. Demonstrate knowledge of diverse cultures, including global and historical perspectives. 6. Create strategies that can be used to fulfill personal, civic, and social responsibilities. 7. Demonstrate knowledge of ethical thinking and its application to issues in society. 8. Use computer and emerging technologies effectively. 9. Demonstrate an appreciation for aesthetics and creative activities. 10. Describe how natural systems function and recognize the impact of humans on the environment. Students in my class are expected not only to read from the class text, but also evaluate and reiterate in written form what exactly they learned from their reading. I believe that while reading helps the student learn the material, evaluation and feedback are what indicate to me that they have understood and are able to express in their own words what they have read. Furthermore, I can provide feedback to those students who may not fully understand, helping them out with their understanding and communicating of the relevant subject matter. Throughout the course of the semester, the student sees the improvement in their reading, listening, understanding the material, all of which ultimately affect their speaking and writing skills. The wonderful advantages of attending MDC are that students become aware and encouraging of other cultures. Students at different campuses can immediately see the impact of diverse cultures, and they may acculturate those cultural nuances into their own. Furthermore, in my class, for instance, I expose my students to learning not only about the Western tradition, but also about other cultures, including the Far East, Middle East, and even the Pacific Islands, that may have well influenced that tradition. Students quickly understand that we truly live in a global village in which we share world views and ideas almost instantaneously through technology and acculturation. Last, I believe that the students in my class truly develop an appreciation for the arts, both in ancient and modern times. In showing them the beginnings of the Western artistic tradition through modern day, they see in a short period of time how its development has reached the state in which it is today. Furthermore, requiring them to attend local galleries and musical concerts, I hope to leave them with a NEW tradition of experiencing and supporting art and music, and perhaps this may be something that they may engage in for the rest of their lives. Outcomes learned: 1, 5, 6, 7, and 9. In this class, there is a STRONG emphasis in learning outcomes 1, 5, and 9, with a milder emphasis in outcomes 6 and 7.