The partners of the Liberal Arts Collaborative for Digital Innovation represent the highest standard of student-centered education. Through our collaborations, we are exploring the future of teaching and learning in a networked world to support our mission as residential liberal arts institutions.
|LACOL 2020 Revised Program May 11 – June 30:
In light of COVID-19, the LACOL 2020 Consortium Workshop has moved to a fully online format this summer. A small number of real-time sessions in Zoom will be paired with asynchronous options unfolding over time. See program details below.
Program Highlights – May 11 thru June 30 online (more…)
[Workshop registration required]
Forum Description: Teaching Showcase and Discussion
An Online Teaching Showcase and Discussion Forum is opening as a key venue for the LACOL 2020 Virtual Workshop. All LACOL Faculty and Staff who register for the workshop are invited.
Matthew Rascoff, Associate Vice Provost for Digital Education and Innovation, Duke University
Emily J. Levine, Associate Professor of Education, Stanford University
Keynote: How to Change Institutions with Purpose
Date and Time: June 30, 2020 (time TBA)
Online Location: Zoom webinar
- At a Slight Angle to the Universe: The University in a Digitized, Commercialized Age (W. G. Bowen on the potential of technology to break the trilemma of cost, quality, and access; pp. 3-29 available via JSTOR)
- Golden Age of Teaching at Colleges (EdSurge, 2019)
- Academic Innovation (EducationNext, 2019)
- Open Source as a Model for Global Education (IHE, 2019)
In February 2020, the coronavirus crisis forced Duke Kunshan University’s students and faculty to scatter across the globe and move online. Duke University, DKU’s US partner, was soon to follow as the arrival of the global pandemic triggered a near universal pivot to remote instruction. Matthew Rascoff whose digital innovation team guided the institution through both these rapid transitions noted:
Even as educational institutions are threatened, learning continues. And perhaps even grows. But it does so in new spaces.
In the LACOL 2020 closing keynote How to Change Institutions with Purpose, Matthew Rascoff (Duke University) and Emily Levine (Stanford University) will draw on their research collaboration into the history of education and innovation to probe how mission-driven liberal arts institutions can adapt and change in the face of extraordinary challenge. (more…)
Webinar: Small Teaching Online with author Flower Darby
Date and Time: June 15, 11:00am – 12:30pm Eastern
Registration: Sign Up (Opens May 11, registration requested by May 18)
Read it together: LACOL Virtual Reading Group – Small Teaching Online
Small teaching is a phrase coined by Professor James M. Lang to describe an incremental approach to improving instruction. In 2019, instructional designer Flower Darby and Lang teamed up to apply small teaching principles to the online realm. The result of their collaboration is an essential volume for any educator: Small Teaching Online: Applying Learning Science in Online Classes.
As a highlight of the LACOL 2020 virtual workshop, Darby will lead an online mini-workshop, exploring small steps with big impacts for students.
The book recommendation is excellent – a lot of useful suggestions which would take years to figure out.
-Dr. Natalia Toporikova, Washington and Lee University;
biology professor and online data science instructor, summer 2019, 2020
Establishing presence and social learning through multi-modal engagements and reflective meta-cognition are effective techniques for *any* class, both face-to-face and through the internet. Communicating the underlying what, why and how of learning is especially important for online learning success. And, like any important new skills, acquiring these capabilities takes planning and practice.
Session: LACOL 2020 Summer Data Science Panel
Date and Time: June 22, 1:00pm-2:30pm Eastern
Lead Professors: Monika Hu (Vassar College), Moataz Khalifa (Washington and Lee University), Steven J. Miller (Williams College), Natalia Toporikova (Washington and Lee University)
Registration: Sign Up (Workshop Registration Required)
Now in its second year, Introduction to Data Science is a fully-online summer class co-taught by a multi-campus LACOL team. The class is designed as a collaborative, socially relevant, discussion-oriented online classroom experience in the style of liberal arts colleges.
Session: Building Community Online – Lessons Learned from Carleton CUBE
Date and Time: June 19, 12:00pm-1:30pm Eastern
Lead: Melissa Eblen Zayas, Professor of Physics Director & Perlman Center for Learning and Teaching, Carleton College
Location: Zoom (Workshop Registration Required)
Registration: Sign Up
Running annually since 2016, Carleton College’s CUBE program is a fully-online summer bridge experience designed to support entering students in developing their quantitative skills. A great benefit of the program has been the discovery of numerous ways to build a sense of community among the online cohort and connect students to campus, before they arrive on campus.
Session: Building a Teaching and Learning Center, Vassar’s Journey
Date and Time: June 26, time TBA
Lead: Jonathon Kahn, Professor of Religion, Vassar College
Location: Zoom (Workshop Registration Required)
Registration: Sign Up
Student-centered faculty development is often advanced through Teaching and Learning Centers – even when those “functions” may not occur in a discrete office or physical space and these days may be fully virtual. Vassar College is in the midst of envisioning a new Center.
|Liberal Arts Remote Lecture Exchange
LACOL is hosting a Liberal Arts Lecture/Lesson Exchange. This concept was proposed by faculty at our member schools and is starting to roll out as a response to remote teaching needs.The exchange is open to the liberal arts community. Consider contributing!
Liberal Arts Remote Lecture Exchange
Post to the exchange: http://bit.ly/lac-remote-lesson-form
View the list: http://bit.ly/lac-remote-lesson-exchange
Dates/Time for Live Sessions:
- Tuesday, March 17, 2020 – 1:00pm-2:00pm Eastern [FULL]
- Thursday, March 19, 2020 – 11:00am-12:00pm Eastern [FULL]
This LACOL webinar shares hands-on practice with five experienced liberal arts teachers from Swarthmore College, Vassar College, Williams College, and Washington and Lee University. This team regularly collaborates to deliver online/hybrid classes for the liberal arts.
Description: Many liberal arts colleges are asking faculty to consider how they move their teaching online as part of emergency preparedness in the face of COVID-19 or other disruptions to regular classroom teaching. Tips and guides are circulating, and faculty get lots of support from their local IT and teaching and learning centers. (more…)
2020 Call for Proposals is Open!
Background: Exec Summary / Call for Proposals (PDF)
About the Exploration
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.
Professors Sunka Simon and Matthew Miller teach Intermediate German as an intensive language class that meets four days a week on campus at Swarthmore College and Colgate University respectively. The curriculum is built to enhance the four language skills (oral, aural, reading and writing composition) through a combination of up-to-date, authentic print and audio-visual geo-political and cultural material to move students from A2 to B1 level proficiency within the span of one semester. Both classes work from a textbook (e.g. Stationen) that integrates Landeskunde (learning about the specificities of German-speaking regions and cities) with B1-level grammar and vocabulary lessons.
We carved out the potential of holding a synchronous class together once a week as a joint web conference. Asynchronously, cross-college teams of students will prepare didacticized assignments consisting of blog-posts, a discussion forum and Zoom video-conferencing tools utilizing newly acquired linguistic concepts to react to consecutive weekly episodes of German-language original dramas such as Dark, Skylines, Dogs of Berlin or Berlin Babylon. To further link the students in their studies, we will bring everyone together for a face-to-face event at Swarthmore in mid-October. The semester will culminate with a virtual symposium and/or video-essay student presentations.
On the benefits of linking courses across two campuses, Professor Simon notes:
Our linked class creates a broader cohort of language learners. We are “in it together.”
Dann Hurlbert, Carleton College’s Media & Design Specialist and long-time friend of LACOL, shares three new video guides, drawing on the popular textbook e-Learning and the Science of Instruction by by Ruth Covlin Clark & Richard E. Mayer. Visit Carleton Academic Technology blog for more tips from Dann and the Carleton ATS team: https://blogs.carleton.edu/academictechnology.
Video 1: Making Video Work Well
In this short video, one of three in a series on the textbook, ELearning and the Science of Instruction by Ruth Covlin Clark & Richard E. Mayer, Dann Hurlbert digs into how these important concepts should impact instructional video production. The book is an in-depth, research-based look into best practices surrounding using audio and visuals in e-learning. In this first video, Dann relays how best to use the dual channels (audio and visuals) to make his or her instructional videos more engaging and more effective. (See full post.)
Video 2: Talk is Cheap
In this short video, Dann Hurlbert digs into the textbook, ELearning and the Science of Instruction by Ruth Covlin Clark & Richard E. Mayer. This time, Dann relays why audio alone is often less effective online–and what simple steps an instructor can do to make his or her instructional content more engaging and more effective. (See full post.)
Digital Agility: Embracing a Holistic Approach to Digital Literacy in the Liberal Arts
A group of institutions is collaborating to identify what digital agility means in the liberal arts and to encourage the use of that definition to guide institutional initiatives that involve digital agility …
Shared LACOL Course: Data Confidentiality (MATH 301)
Instructor: Professor Jingchen (Monika) Hu, Vassar College
Topics and Objectives: Statistical agencies are under legal obligation to protect survey respondents’ privacy when releasing respondent-level data to the public. Statistical models could facilitate such release by introducing perturbation to the original, confidential data. How to develop suitable statistical models, and how to evaluate the privacy protection they produce, are the focus of this intensive.
Shared LACOL Course: Bayesian Inference with Python (MATH 399)
Instructor: Professor Jingchen (Monika) Hu, Vassar College
Topics and Objectives: We will focus on computational techniques using Python programming language to estimate various Bayesian models. In the end, students propose and complete a data analysis project of their interests and present it to the group.
Blended Learning in the Liberal Arts Conference at Bryn Mawr College, May 20-21, 2020.
Submissions are now open for the Blended Learning in the Liberal Arts Conference, to be held on May 20-21, 2020 at Bryn Mawr College. We are open to all topics related to blended learning in the liberal arts. Possible themes include:
- Digital competencies, digital citizenship, and digital wellness
- Experiential and service learning
- Blended learning spaces, libraries and resource centers
- Critical making
- Emerging technologies
- Task-based tech-mediated learning
- Assistive technology and accessibility
- Blended learning beyond the single course
- Diversity, equity, and inclusion in blended experiences
What are some of the biggest rewards of learning a second language? As a student, what do you know now that you wish you had known as you began learning your language at college? As faculty, what one piece of advice would you give to students as they are about to start their language learning at college? What are models or maps that integrate all aspects of language learning?
Over the past year, faculty and language learning experts from across LACOL have been collaborating to develop the CHIANTI concept and prototype. For students, an initial set of videos are posted that feature LACOL language instructors and students reflecting on the college-level language-learning experience. For language teachers, a self-curated online digital library of shareable tips and teaching resources is developing.
As an ongoing initiatve of the LACOL Language Instruction Working Group, the Chianti site and team invites contributions from LACOL language instructors in the areas of: General tips for college-level language learning, including research on adult second-language (L2) acquisition. 2) English grammar for L2 learners including models or maps that integrate all aspects of language, 3) Phonology, and 4) 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.