Reconciling Online Learning and the Liberal Arts College

August 8, 2016 § Leave a comment


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Today, I’m speaking to teams at a workshop to launch  round two of the Consortium for Online Humanities Instruction, a project of the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC).  For some thoughts on round one, see these blog posts by Gretchen McKay ( and Kevin Gannon (

Here’s a description:

Reconciling Online Learning and the Liberal Arts College

The future of liberal education depends upon an integrative vision of digitally-informed learning that is not merely content delivery online but rather is reshaped in the same ways that digital learning has already fundamentally changed our culture. This session will present a vision for the digital transformation of liberal education through a curriculum that scaffolds self-directed, digitally-augmented problem-solving and the institutional strategies to support it.

Slides are available via slide share and references are below:


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Liberal Arts Online: An ACS Blended Learning Webinar

March 9, 2012 § 1 Comment

On March 9, 2012, I led a webinar for the Associated  Colleges of the South‘s (ACS) Blended Learning Initiative.  I include the description and slides below:

Improving technology, changing students, challenging finances, and alternative credentialing sources have all combined to create an online learning boom in higher education. For liberal arts colleges, online learning promises to enhance the curriculum by moving some tasks online to allow for more active learning face-to-face, increasing student time on task, connecting study abroad or internship students back to campus, adding curricular resources, or expanding access to liberal education. Whatever the motivation for considering online learning, liberal arts colleges are forging new ground in bringing the liberal arts educational model–highly interactive, close work between students and faculty–into an online context. This seminar will explore a variety of models for using technology to fulfill the essential learning outcomes of liberal education and suggest ways faculty might enhance their courses with online teaching.

Liberal Arts Online

March 17, 2011 § 1 Comment

On March 17, 2011 I led an Inside Higher Ed Audio Conference, “The Liberal Arts Online”. Slides are available via slideshare.

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