Sharing courses as a consortium can enhance curricular opportunities for students and faculty, lead to efficiency gains by combining expertise and curricular resources, and provide opportunities for our faculty and students to explore digitally-enhanced, collaborative modes for teaching and learning in the liberal arts.
Event: Data Science: On ramps and scaffolds Location: ZOOM web conference (rsvp to email@example.com for a meeting invite) Date: Friday, November 9 Time: 1:00-2:00pm Eastern Discussion Leads:
⇒ Ming-Wen An, Assoc. Professor of Statistics, Vassar College
⇒ Ella Foster-Molina, Teaching Associate, Quantitative Skills Laboratory, Swarthmore College
Event: Envisioning a “What is data science?” webinar for students Location: ZOOM web conference (rsvp to firstname.lastname@example.org for a meeting invite) Date: Monday, October 1 Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pm Eastern Discussion Leads:
⇒ Deborah Gross, Professor of Chemistry, Carleton College
⇒ Helen White, Assoc. Professor of Chemistry and Environmental Studies, Haverford College
Description: Following on from the lively July webinar focused on the NAS Data Science for Undergraduates report (nap.edu/25104), LACOL DS+ members are invited to join a follow up webinar.
The October Zoom discussion invites faculty and data science editors to envision a one-hour seminar aimed at students to answer the “what is data science and why should you care” question many may have as they consider data intensive majors. Prior to the webinar, all participants will be invited to contribute possible topic ideas into a shared google doc as a jumping off point for conversation. (If you had to explain data science in an hour, what key points would you be sure to include?) During the DS+ webinar, ideas will be further explored to develop an outline of what the student webinar might be. (more…)
Inclusivity in the classroom and on campus (physical and virtual) is a priority at all LACOL institutions. Liberal Arts Colleges face a growing need to diversify and align to the demographic shifts in college age populations. For this and many reasons, we must ensure that our institutions are welcoming and inclusive.
LACOL has two related initiatives underway. The first is a series of dialogues across stakeholders to share insights on institutional and classroom strategies that enhance access and inclusion. The second is a shared experiment in assessment; how might be used to gain better evidence on aspects of the liberal arts experience?
How important is it for instructors to include their own faces when creating instructional videos? The answer might surprise you. Dann Hurlbert, Carleton College’s Media & Design Guru (and an actor, director, and inventor of the Little Prompter) leans on research and his own expertise to offer guidance.
Update on the shared grammar resource, summer 2018.
Convened by Chico Zimmerman and Clara Hardy (Carleton College), about a dozen faculty and technologists met at the workshop to make progress on ideas that emerged from several separate Zoom meetings in the two months preceding the conference. Eventually, the discussions centered on three main elements to focus on moving forward in the near term:
A set of videos featuring LACOL language instructors and students reflecting on the college-level language-learning experience. These videos will be available for sharing with all LACOL institutions by the end of the summer (see next bullet).
A self-curated online digital library of shareable resources for LACOL language instructors, for which a proof-of-concept site has been created and tentatively named CHIANTI (as a more appealing version of MERLOT). The (currently WordPress) site would allow for submissions from LACOL language instructors and would be searchable by category and tags. The initial categories will be in the area of:
General tips for college-level language learning, including research on adult L2 acquisition
English grammar for L2 learners, including models or maps that integrate all aspects of language
An interactive glossary of grammatical and linguistic terms from which instructors can draw for their own pedagogical purposes and to which they can contribute their own definitions and examples.
The CHIANTI site will continue to be built through the summer and populated with some initial resources for testing. A prototype submission form has been drafted and will be tested and finalized through the summer as well. The group will be soliciting contributions once these elements are finalized. (more…)
Dann Hurlbert and Palmar Alvarez-Blanco at Carleton College recently co-taught Spanish 206, a course focused on developing language skills with native speakers and fostering civic engagement–while also giving something tangible back to the community. Students in this course worked with under-represented local organizations to help them create a “participatory videos” (short documentaries) to help tell each organization’s story. In addition to having students create video as a portion of their coursework, Dann also used instructional videos to teach and guide the learning. Dann created a successful Moodle-based micro-course that can now be easily replicated and plugged into a multitude of courses in which the faculty member hopes to tie Civic Engagement with his/her own course content, and video production.
Here’s a short video that offers a peek into the course and this engaging instructional method:
*Note: this sample video includes short selections from the following films: Bacon and God’s Wrath by Sol Friedman and Sarah Clifford-Rashotte; Godka Circa by Antonio Tibaldi and Alex Lora; Damon at 86th Street by Emily Sheskin, and the Price of Certainty by Daniele Anastasion.
For more information on how you and your institution can use this technique and these materials to foster civic engagement in your courses, contact Dann at email@example.com
Event: Discussion of the NAS Data Science for Undergraduates Report Location: ZOOM web conference Date: Thursday, July 12 Time: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Eastern Discussion Leader: Professor Nicholas Horton, Amherst College
Discussion of the report through a liberal arts lens will be lead by Dr. Nick Horton, Professor of Statistics at Amherst College. Nick served as contributor to the report on the Committee on Envisioning the Data Science Discipline: the Undergraduate Perspective. As he and colleagues at the summer workshop note, there is considerable potential to engage with each other as liberal arts colleges around curriculum development (see ASA Guideline, developed with AALAC) and other ways to support students learning to work with data.
Faculty and academic support specialists interested in data science education across the curriculum are encouraged to join this conversation!
Back in LA, still running on a post conference high from the great conversations and collaborations at #LACOL2018. Looking forward to building that cross-institution course: Critical Data Science or all!
LACOL welcomes George Siemens as keynote speaker at the 2018 LACOL Workshop.
Dr. Siemens researches, technology, networks, analytics, and openness in education. Dr. Siemens is Professor and Executive Director of the Learning Innovation and Networked Knowledge Research Lab (LINK) at University of Texas, Arlington. He leads the development of the Center for Change and Complexity in Learning (C3L) at University of South Australia. He has delivered keynote addresses in more than 35 countries on the influence of technology and media on education, organizations, and society. His work has been profiled in provincial, national, and international newspapers (including NY Times), radio, and television. He has served as PI or Co-PI on grants funded by NSF, SSHRC (Canada), Intel, Boeing, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Soros Foundation. He has received numerous awards, including honorary doctorates from Universidad de San Martín de Porres and Fraser Valley University for his pioneering work in learning, technology, and networks. He holds an honorary professorship with University of Edinburgh.
Session: Teaching Online in the Liberal Arts Panelists:
Melissa Eblen-Zayas, Professor of Physics and Director, Perlman Center for Learning and Teaching, Carleton College
Erland Stevens, Professor of Chemistry, Davidson College
Chad Topaz, Professor of Mathematics, Williams College
Facilitator: Janet Russell, Director of Academic Technology, Carleton College
WATCH(Part I – Faculty Presentations – 30 min; Part II – Discussion – 30 min)
How is online teaching and learning relevant for small residential liberal arts colleges?
In this panel, three faculty members with hands-on experience teaching online tell their stories and engage in a dialogue with colleagues across the consortium. How might these insights help us build a vision for online teaching and learning that aligns with the core mission of our institutions?
Session: Teaching with Tech ⚡Lightning⚡ and (((Thunder))) Round Date/Time: Thursday, May 31, NOON – 1:30pm (over lunch)
In the lightning round, LACOL faculty and staff will share an idea or demo – JUST FIVE MINUTES OR LESS – on a digital tool or teaching technique. Some presentations are flipped – see videos below – so that more time can be devoted to discussion – that’s the thunder.
Lineup and Video Gallery – Watch!
Long term Collaborative Class – Carleton & Addis Ababa U.
Using video conferencing, chemistry students at Carleton College and Addis Ababa University are working together on projects, meeting together via video approximately once per week. This presentation shares the successes and challenges of teaching and learning in a globally connected classroom.
Highlighting Digital Tools for 3 Data Science Skills
The Social Sciences Quantitative Laboratory at Swarthmore College has developed a series of workshops designed to develop data analysis skills. These workshops rely heavily on a variety of digital tools to allow students to interact with, be amused by, and engage the theory behind data. This talk highlights a few digital tools used to teach: (1) theory building, (2) p-hacking, and (3) programming. All links included in the video can be found here.
Amazingly, all three contestants tied for 1st place in the initial round of voting. Upon further deliberation, Profs. Gross and Strand graciously awarded the grand prize – The Little Prompter – to Prof. Hu.
Many thanks to Dann Hurlbert, Carleton’s Media and Design Specialist and inventor of The Little Prompter for sharing his expertise and fantastic gadgetry with the workshop.
And, thanks to *everyone* who took part in the contest. Your creativity and good humor was remarkable. All entries will be be shared with LACOL’s advisory councils. Stay tuned for further results of this intriguing deliberation.
JOIN THE CONVERSATION:To join the LACOL Data Science+ Forum (google group), CLICK HERE TO SEND REQUEST. This low-traffic lists is a shared space for intergroup discussions and news about group events and activities.
While plans are still evolving, break-out discussions identified several areas of potential collaboration:
Identify key data science skills and information falling between curricular cracks at LACOL schools and provide existing resources to begin addressing them.
Develop a repository to share software tutorials, commentary, wrappers, assignments, etc., that help teach students to use important tools. Be cognizant of appropriate scaffolding for when, where, how to use these materials in different contexts.
Develop a consortium-wide “Intro to Critical Data Collection and Analysis” course.
Explore options for managing environmental data collection from sensors or data generated collaboratively with other researchers; design requirements or existing database solutions for data sharing, and analysis.
Session: Measuring Complex Domains for the Liberal Arts (Inclusive Pedagogies) Date/Time: Thursday, May 31, 1:30-2:15PM Resources: ⇒ Project site: https://emergentedu.org ⇒ About Sensemaker: http://cognitive-edge.com/sensemaker/#sensemaker-about Lead Presenters: ⇒ Kristen Eshleman, Director of Digital Innovation, Davidson College ⇒ Brent Maher, Director of Academic Assessment, Davidson College ⇒ Annie Sadler, Instructional Design Fellow, Davidson College ⇒ Paul Youngman, Prof. of German, Chair, Digital Humanities, Washington & Lee University
WATCH!Intro video (15 min)
Innovations in assessment can directly address a key challenge for our institutions – demonstrating our value in a time of increasing skepticism about the liberal arts.
On April 27, Davidson College and Washington & Lee University hosted a LACOL workshop to explore an assessment tool and method called Sensemaker that has the potential to manage and account for the complex domains of learning. Pursuing a research design as a network of allied liberal arts institutions provides evidence at scale while building capacity for experimentation and innovation at each of our institutions. (more…)