Consortium-wide LACOL Workshop at Pomona College

On June 1-2, 2014 the Liberal Arts Collaborative for Digital Innovation (formerly Liberal Arts Consortium for Online Learning), also known as LACOL held its initial Workshop on the campus of Pomona College. Fifty faculty and staff came from member institutions representing expertise in the Humanities (10), Sciences and Mathematics (19), Social Sciences (6), Libraries (5), and Information Technology (10).

In preparation for the workshop, Founding Co-Directors Andrea Nixon and Bryan Penprase visited all eight participating institutions to help identify areas of common interest. Three strong themes from the site visits served as organizing elements for the gathering.

Swarthmore at Pomona Workshop
Part of the team from Swarthmore College
June 2014

• Preparing Students for Engagement Through Quantitative Skills and Active Reading
• Effective Teaching and Learning with Technology
• Language Instruction and Technology

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Vassar’s Ben Ho on games for teaching Economics

In this clip, Ben Ho, Associate Professor of Economics at Vassar College, shares his thoughts on economic motivations, learning theory and the use of games to teach economics as part of a liberal arts curriculum.  Prof. Ho is a behavioral economist who uses economic tools like game theory and experiments to understand social systems such as apologies, identity signaling, and climate concerns.  This talk was part of a series of conversations on innovative use of digital and online approaches for teaching and learning at the 2014 consortium-wide workshop held at Pomona College.

Prof. Ben Ho discusses games for teaching economics

Ho sees students responding very positively to the use of games for class, and this is reflected in their learning.   He says:

I have always considered classroom games an essential part of my pedagogy. It gives students a way to fully engage in strategic thinking. Games like MobLab greatly simplify the task of implementing games in class, its highly polished presentation impresses students, and has been the most positively commented upon change to my teaching, with lots of unsolicited positive feedback both after class and in course evaluations.



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Carleton’s President Poskanzer speaks about LACOL’s founding goals and vision

In June 2014, LACOL held its first consortium-wide workshop. Teams of faculty, librarians and academic technologists from all eight LACOL colleges gathered together on the Pomona College campus to share ideas and explore collaborative experiments in online and hybrid approaches to teaching and learning for the liberal arts. In this clip, President Steven G. Poskanzer of Carleton College welcomes the group, and shares his thoughts on LACOL’s promise.

President Steve Poskanzer of Carleton College welcomes workshop participants


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Founding Co-Directors Bryan Penprase and Andrea Nixon reflect on LACOL’s charge

At the June 2014 Consoritium-wide workshop held at Pomona College, LACOL’s founding co-Directors welcome teams to the Plenary session, and speak about the role the Consortium can play in supporting the future of effective teaching and learning on our residential liberal arts campuses.

Plenary Session

Dr. Andrea Nixon, Director of Educational Research at Carleton College and founding Co-Director of LACOL


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