Summary of the 4th Annual Blended Learning Conference

Richard Baraniuk's keynote address at Blended Learning Conference 2015

Richard Baraniuk’s keynote address

The fourth annual Blended Learning in the Liberal Arts Conference, hosted at Bryn Mawr College from May 20 to May 21, included a keynote address, panel discussions and various workshops.

It brought together more than 165 professionals from 65 different colleges, universities and institutions to focus on topics of interest related to blended learning in the liberal arts. Bryn Mawr College, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, FIPSE First in the World Program, and the Association of American Colleges & Universities TIDES Initiative supported the conference.

The conference began with opening remarks from Jennifer Spohrer, Coordinator for Academic Technology Initiatives at Bryn Mawr College, followed by a keynote address from Richard Baraniuk, the Victor E. Cameron Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Rice University, and Founding Director of OpenStax CNX on “Scaling Up Quality Education.”

In his talk, Baraniuk focused on making education accessible to all students, especially in regards to the rising cost of textbooks. He also mentioned various open educational resources and machine learning algorithms for personalized learning, to help reduce the costs of high-quality education.

The conference continued with three concurrent sessions and panel discussions from over 50 speakers who discussed blended learning initiatives that they implemented at their colleges and universities using a wide array of programs from Omeka to Python. The conference also featured several workshops. “Workshop on Teaching to Increase Diversity and Equity: Scholarship and Practice”, was facilitated by Bryn Mawr’s own Professor of Physics and Associate Provost Elizabeth McCormack, Jennifer Spohrer, plus 2014 alumnae, Esther Chiang and Jancy Munguia, who also work in the Office of the Provost.

Over the course of two days, people from across the country came together to network, discuss, and plan for the future of blended learning in the liberal arts. It was an exciting and inspiring event for all involved.

Conference materials and session recordings are available on Bryn Mawr College’s Digital Commons Repository site.

Photo credit: Jennifer Orr ‘18

Course Development Support

Thanks to a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon foundation, we are delighted to be able to course development funding and in-depth pedagogical and technical support to Bryn Mawr College faculty interested in developing courses with a digital component. For more information, click on the For Bryn Mawr Faculty link.

Summer 2015 Interns

Welcome to our 2015 Digital Curriculum Interns! Our interns this year are (in alphabetical order) Miranda Canilang (’17), Janna Coles (’16), Archana Kaku (’14), Jia Li (’16), and Jennifer Orr (’18). They will be working over the summer with faculty, academic technology and academic support staff to develop digital resources for blended courses, design digital projects, and create documentation and tutorial materials needed to help faculty and students use teaching, learning and research technologies. These projects will involve web design, interactive quiz and tutorial design, digital graphic design and digital video production.

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