Networking Students, Faculty, and Courses to Enhance the Curriculum at Liberal Arts Colleges

June 27, 2014 § 1 Comment

This morning I’m speaking at the 18th Annual NAC&U Summer Institute, “Creating Community Through Collaboration,” at the University of Redlands. My talk focuses on intercampus academic collaboration and is called, “Networking Students, Faculty, and Courses to Enhance the Curriculum at Liberal Arts Colleges.”

Collaborative Projects I’ll Reference

Sunoikisis: National Consortium of Classics Programs

Looking for Whitman

Globally Networked Learning

Texas Language Consortium:

Using Smart Technology to Increase Course Offerings in World Languages

Learning Approaches and Theories

Hybrid Learning

Participatory Culture:

“A participatory culture is a culture with relatively low barriers to artistic expression and civic engagement, strong support for creating and sharing one’s creations, and some type of informal mentorship whereby what is known by the most experienced is passed along to novices.  A participatory culture is also one in which members believe their contributions matter, and feel some degree of social connection with one another (at the least they care what other people think about what they have created).” (Jenkins, 3)

Jenkins, Henry. Confronting the Challenges of Participatory Culture: Media Education for the 21st Century. John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Reports on Digital Media and Learning. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2009. http://digitallearning.macfound.org/atf/cf/%7B7E45C7E0-A3E0-4B89-AC9C-E807E1B0AE4E%7D/JENKINS_WHITE_PAPER.PDF.

Networked Learning

Siemens, George. “Connectivism: A Learning Theory for the Digital Age.” Elearnspace, December 12, 2004. http://www.elearnspace.org/Articles/connectivism.htm.

 Challenge

I’m presenting this challenge to the audience:  Use intercampus academic collaboration to create networked learning experiences that:

  • Scaffold learning
  • Address unscripted problems
  • Create generative scholarship
  • Give students experience working in distributed teams
  • Leverage diversity to solve wicked problems

What would you do?

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§ One Response to Networking Students, Faculty, and Courses to Enhance the Curriculum at Liberal Arts Colleges

  • rheyden says:

    It was a great talk, Rebecca. I think you gave the NACU members much to think about. I really liked the ideas for shared student research, across campuses. Generative scholarship!

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