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.” « Read the rest of this entry »

“Everything Is Cool When You’re Part of a Team”

May 16, 2014 § Leave a comment

I’ll be delivering the keynote today at a mini-symposium on collaboration that proceeds THATCamp DHCollaborate 2014 at Texas A&M University: http://dhcollaborate2014.thatcamp.org/ 

Here’s a description of my talk and a trailer . . . « Read the rest of this entry »

Digital Pedagogy in the Liberal Arts

February 6, 2014 § 1 Comment

Today, I am delivering a talk at Whittier College called, “Digital Pedagogy in the Liberal Arts: Models, Keywords, and Prototypes”.

Slides are here:

Scroll down for references and links to models:

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Digital Pedagogy in the Humanities

December 11, 2013 § Leave a comment

Today, I gave a presentation at Washington and Lee University called, “Digital Pedagogy in the Humanities: Models, Keywords, Prototypes”.  The presentation kicked off the digital humanities day of the Winter Faculty Academy at Washington and Lee.  I was striving to give my vision of digital pedagogy based on a set of models from liberal arts colleges.  Slides are on Slideshare:  http://www.slideshare.net/rebeccadavis/digital-pedagogy-in-the-humanities-models-keywords-prototypes

Scroll down for references to works and models I touched on in my presentation:

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New Position at St. Edward’s University

June 12, 2013 § 4 Comments

St. Edward’s University on the south side of Austin, TX.

I’m delighted to announce that on July 1 I’ll be joining St. Edward’s University as Director for Instructional and Emerging Technology. Part of my responsibility will be helping implement the university’s 2015 Strategic Plan which calls for the creation of a “21st century learning environment . . . in which faculty and students access, assess and create knowledge in a world-wide exchange of ideas.”  I will work with faculty and staff to create a vision for that learning environment and put it into practice across the campus.  This work is a natural extension of the work I’ve done at NITLE to help faculty transform and adapt new digital methods in teaching and research to advance the essential learning outcomes of liberal education. « Read the rest of this entry »

Intercampus Teaching, Networked Teaching

June 7, 2013 § Leave a comment

As small colleges face limited resources that in turn limit student opportunities, we hear constant calls for collaboration.  For example, at the April 2012 conference, “The Future of the Liberal Arts College in America and Its Leadership Role in Education Around the World” Gene Tobin, a program officer of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation argued that:

Collaboration among liberal-arts colleges . . . must become commonplace to meet various challenges, including faculty development, globalization, civic engagement, and staffing less commonly taught languages. (“A President Surveys the Future of Liberal Arts”)

While it is easy to see the potential benefits of collaboration in these cases, in practice there are many challenges to those at liberal arts colleges trying to collaborate in such mission-centered areas as undergraduate instruction.

On Tuesday, June 4, three faculty members engaged in such collaboration shared their experiences in the NITLE Shared Academics™ seminar, “Intercampus Teaching, Networked Teaching.” In this post, I will share insights from the seminar in terms of the benefits, challenges, and best practices of such collaborations, as well as the questions that arose in the ensuing seminar discussion. « Read the rest of this entry »

Challenges of Blended Learning in Ancient Greek, Follow-Up

May 28, 2013 § 5 Comments

Since I posted about the challenges of finding good materials to blended learning in Introductory Ancient Greek, last Friday, I’ve found a few more resources and information to share. I’d also like to suggest some partnerships to advance this work. « Read the rest of this entry »

Digital Pedagogy Keywords NITLE Seminar

April 10, 2013 § Leave a comment

Today, I’m leading a NITLE Shared Academics Seminar on Digital Pedagogy Keywords. Here are the slides:

Here is a list of links I expect to share:

Crowdsourcing, Collaboration, Feedback, and Grading

January 10, 2013 § Leave a comment

One of the challenges of crowdsourcing identified by the Transcribe Bentham project was a disconnect between a vision for crowdsourcing as driven by collaborative effort and community feeling and the reality that individual contributors seemed to be more driven by receiving feedback from editorial staff and not from fellow contributors.  In “Building A Volunteer Community: Results and Findings from Transcribe Bentham” after reporting the relatively low amount of collaborative work on manuscripts, Tim Causer and Valerie Wallace conclude,

This all suggests that volunteers appeared to prefer starting transcripts from scratch, and to work alone (Table 6), with communication and acknowledgement from staff being of much greater importance than collaboration with other users. (Digital Humanities Quarterly. 2012. 6.2, paragraph 72)

This situation reminds me of the challenge of promoting collaborative work in the classroom, a challenge I often experienced when managing peer review of student writing.  I found that I had to “sell” peer review to my students because they didn’t value the feedback of fellow students but rather wanted feedback from the instructor–essentially the authority figure in the classroom.  I think we see the same thing with the Transcribe Bentham project. Like students, contributors want validation from the experts, i.e., those running the project. « Read the rest of this entry »

Using Smart Technology to Increase Course Offerings in World Languages

November 5, 2012 § 2 Comments

This morning I was part of a panel at the Council of Independent Colleges Institute for Chief Academic Officers along with Allen Henderson, Provost and Senior Vice President, Texas Wesleyan University and Charlie McCormick, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Schreiner University.  We were talking about the Texas Language Consortium.  Here’s the session description and the slides are below:

Low enrollment in world language courses can prevent a college from offering a breadth of languages and depth in any single language. To help overcome this challenge, five independent colleges in Texas are using high-definition videoconferences, thereby hoping to preserve the “high touch” element that is a hallmark of education in a liberal arts college. These institutions are working with the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education (NITLE) to explore important research and implementation issues across academic, logistical, technological, financial, and curricular dimensions. CAOs from two of the participating campuses will describe their responses to these issues and how shared programming has surmounted many obstacles to maintaining strong world language departments.

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