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.
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 Rascoffwhose 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…)
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) Location: Zoom 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.
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Data Journalism as a Liberal Art Prof. Amelia McNamara Department of Computer & Information Sciences University of St. Thomas
One of the main ways the general public encounters products of data analysis is through journalism. Data journalists strive to explain complex stories using visualization, statistics, and heavy use of contextualization. As we incorporate data science into the liberal arts, data journalism provides a case study as a field in which the sciences and the humanities are consciously linked. In this talk, I’ll discuss the history of data journalism, how I see it fitting into a liberal arts framework, and experiences from a class I taught on data journalism.
CHIANTI: Ample time devoted to collaborative workshopping on CHIANTI, the shared teaching resource for college-level language instruction; participants will explore the resources that have been gathered so far (including student and faculty reflection videos on liberal arts language learning), brainstorm on ideas for the emerging platform, and work on building additional content.
SKILLS DASHBOARD: Demonstration and brainstorming on the language skills question bank and dashboard prototype – initially developed for French last year, with future possibilities for other languages.
DIGITAL TOOLS for LANGUAGE LEARNING: Colleagues across LACOL shared experiences with digital pedagogies and tools for language instruction.
Event: Pre-Conference Liberal Arts Workshop at ELI (Session) Title: Local and Global Decisions: Digital Competency Initiatives, Development and Assessment Date: February 19, 2019 Venue: EDUCAUSE ELI Annual Conference Location: Anaheim, California Registration: Opens Nov 5 Time: 8am-11am PT Facilitators:
Donnie Sendelbach, Director of Educational Technology Services, Denison University
Jennifer Spohrer, Director of Educational Technology, Bryn Mawr College
Mo Pelzel, Director of Academic Technology, Grinnell College
Ted Wilder, Associate Director of Information Technology, Macalester College
Liz Evans, Director of Liberal Arts Collaborative for Digital Innovation (LACOL)
Ed Finn, Liaison for Innovation and Collaboration in Teaching and Learning, Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM)
Abstract: Digital competency initiatives begin from shared global objectives but must adapt to local culture and structures to succeed. Collaboration helps define needs and goals, but how can we collaboratively assess programs that adopt intensely local variations? In this pre-conference workshop, we will present multiple examples of program development with overlapping goals. After examining existing efforts on attendees’ campuses, they will develop plans for their own initiatives, considering local circumstances. We will then brainstorm with participants about how to collaboratively assess the impact of digital competency initiatives. Moreover, we will determine what evidence of impact would be meaningful to different stakeholders.
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?