A favorite colleague and I have been talking lately about prepositions in higher education, specifically that:
- As learners, learning is often provided (dare I say “done”) to us or for us – by our universities and colleges, our courses, teachers, texts, etc.
- Our most meaningful learning experiences, however, are likely achieved by us and with us.
The prepositions matter, as they likely describe or create our intentions and actions. I’d like higher education to start using by and with more when referring to student learning instead of for and to. I think we’ll all be better off for it.