Shared Grammar Resource – New Exploration

There is an emerging plan for collaboration toward Shared Grammar Resources for Beginning Language Students. This concept has been discussed with enthusiasm in some earlier LACOL meetings, and Carleton Professor of Classics Chico Zimmerman has drafted a proposal to articulate more of the vision – see link above and below.

If this proposal interests you, you are invited to join an upcoming web conference where a multi-campus group of faculty and technologists will be discussing the realm of possibilities that Chico has outlined.

Meeting: Shared Grammar Resource (Exploratory Conversation)
Date: Thursday, January 25th
Time: 1:30-2:30pm Eastern
Location: Zoom (see sign-up sheet)
Sign Up: Sign Up Sheet / Contact List 
(add your name and email – we will send you a calendar item with full details to join the Zoom mtg via web or phone)

Meeting Agenda:
Prof. Chico Zimmerman (Carleton College) will share the proposal to highlight key ideas
Group will explore opportunities and possible next steps for collaboration (more…)

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Inclusive Pedagogies & Measuring Complex Domains of Learning for the Liberal Arts – 2 workshops

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Emerging pedagogies for inclusion are keen topics of interest across the liberal arts. Anecdotally, we know that our Faculty, our Teaching & Learning Centers, and our academic support colleagues have a growing body of experience – what works and what doesn’t work – when it comes to supporting our diverse student body academically and as whole persons. Collaboration around these insights and measurements across LACOL has seemed like a useful idea to many.

To advance the conversation for LACOL, two interrelated workshops will be held in the Spring of 2018:

WORKSHOP 1: LACOL Dialogue on Inclusive Pedagogies

  • Date: Friday, March 9
  • Location: Haverford College
  • Register: Haverford Workshop Registration & Housing (register by 2/16, seats are limited)
  • Speakers:
    • Prof. Verna Case, Assoc. Dean of Faculty, Director of the Teaching and Learning Center, and Beverly F. Dolan Professor of Biology, Davidson College
    • Prof. Jyl Gentzler, John Cooper ’64 Presidential Teaching Professor of Philosophy and Faculty Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning, Amherst College
    • Dr. Riley Caldwell O’Keefe, Director, Center for Teaching and Learning, Amherst College
    • Prof. Paul Youngman, Chair of the Digital Humanities Working Group and Professor of German, Washington & Lee University
    • Dr. Andrea Nixon, Director of Educational Research, Carleton College
  • Program: Tentative Agenda

WORKSHOP 2: Assessment for Complex Domains of Learning (Inclusive Pedagogies)

  • Date: Friday, April 27
  • Location: Davidson College
  • Register: Davidson Workshop Registration & Housing (register by 4/1)
  • Speakers:
    • Dr. Brent Mahar, Director of Academic Assessment, Davidson College
    • Kristen Eshleman, Director of Digital Innovation, Davidson College
    • Dr. Andrea Nixon, Director of Educational Research, Carleton College
    • Prof. Paul Youngman, Chair of the Digital Humanities Working Group and Professor of German, Washington & Lee University
  • Program: coming soon

Background and Purpose:

The goal of these paired workshops is to start a dialogue across our stakeholders around issue of access and inclusion, and to consider ways in which both qualitative and quantitative assessments might be used to jointly study this aspect (and others) of the liberal arts experience. (more…)

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Liberal Arts Gallery of Digital Pedagogies

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The Concept:

Faculty, librarians, instructional technologists/designers and academic specialists across all the LACOL schools (and beyond) are engaged in creative exploration of digital pedagogies for the liberal arts. LACOL is collecting a series of short vignettes to share across our liberal arts network.

The Format:

  • 3-5 minute video (live action or screencast)
  • Audio narration preferred

*close captions will be added to all videos for accessibility
*copyright permissions for all included media must be cleared

Each video should include …

  • The Prompt: What pedagogical problem or challenge are you trying to solve?
  • Your Approach: What (digitally enhanced) teaching strategy are you taking?
  • Tips and Feedback: What has been your experience so far? Any feedback from students?

How to Contribute:

Proposal / Intake Form (coming soon)

The form asks for:

  • Your Contact Information
  • Title / Topic
  • Short description – what will your video cover (300 words or less)
  • Sample image (optional)
  • Related keywords or tags (optional)
  • Link to hosted video (or LACOL can host)

Short (1:17 min) example:

* this examples uses animation, but gallery videos may be live action and/or screencasts (more…)

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Digital Competencies / Digital Fluency Community of Practice

Kick-started by the Think Tank on Digital Competencies for the Liberal Arts at Davidson College, Oct 2017, an exploration is underway to develop a community of practice and forum for exchange across LACOL schools and partner institutions across the liberal arts.

Follow Up Events:
Webinar 1: Overview of Bryn Mawr’s Digital Competencies Framework
Tuesday, January 9 | 3pm – 4pm Eastern

Webinar 2: Hands-on Digital Competencies Program Design
Tuesday, January 16 | 2pm – 3pm Eastern

*Both webinars are open to all through EDU-PLACE.

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Explorations toward a LACOL course sharing framework (Spring ’18)

Screen Shot 2017-12-07 at 8.40.55 PMBased on insights flowing from the Upper Level Math/Stats and SILP course sharing projects, a multi-campus, multi-disciplinary steering group and task force are working in concert to explore models and possibilities for course sharing across the digital network.

Math & Stats Steering Group:

This group met in the fall of 2017 to develop a RECOMMENDATION based on insights gained through the Spring ’16 and Fall ’17 course sharing pilots.  (more…)

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