LACOL 2020 Virtual Workshop

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: LACOL 2020 Virtual Workshop Agenda
Registration: Sign Up (Opens May 11, registration requested by May 18)

LACOL 2020 Forum Gateway: https://bit.ly/lacol-2020-forum (workshop registration required)
Workshop Calendar: https://bit.ly/lacol-2020-grid

Program Highlights – May 11 thru June 30 online (more…)

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How to Change Institutions with Purpose


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, 1:00pm-2:30pm Eastern Time
Online Location: Zoom webinar
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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…)

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LACOL 2020 Small Teaching Online Mini-Workshop

Special Event

Webinar: Small Teaching Online with author Flower Darby
Date and Time: June 15, 11:00am – 12:30pm Eastern
Location: Zoom
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.

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LACOL 2020 Summer Data Science Panel

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.

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Building Community Online – Lessons Learned from Carleton CUBE

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.

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Building a Teaching and Learning Center, Vassar’s Journey

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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