Blended Learning Conference

See our updated 2019 Conference site here!

Thank you to everyone who attended the seventh annual Blended Learning in the Liberal Arts Conference! Our Archives page links to the schedule, videos, slides and other information about our past conferences. Stay tuned for more information about the 2019 conference!


About the Blended Learning Conference 2018

Over 120 faculty, staff and students from 55 institutions across country gathered at Bryn Mawr College for the seventh annual Blended Learning in the Liberal Arts Conference on Wednesday, May 23–Thursday, May 24, 2018. These conferences are a forum for faculty, staff, and students to share resources, techniques, findings, and experiences related to blended learning. Our definition of blended learning is quite broad, encompassing any combination of online and face-to-face instruction that supports close faculty-student interactions and high-impact, student-centered pedagogies, promotes life-long learning, or otherwise contributes to the goals and mission of a liberal arts education.

Randy BassThis year, our keynote speaker was Randy Bass. Bass is the Vice Provost for Education and a Professor of English at Georgetown University. He is the Founding Executive Director of Georgetown’s Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship (CNDLS), a University-wide center supporting faculty work in new learning and research environments, where he continues as a Senior Scholar for Pedagogical research.

The conference Twitter hashtag was #BlendLAC18.

Blended Learning 2018 Topics

We were open to all topics related to blended learning in the liberal arts. Based on past participant feedback, we solicited proposals that focus on process as well as product, give hands-on practical advice and implementation tips, and/or show methods and techniques over time.

Possible themes included:

  • Experiential learning with digital technology: making, gamification, simulations, media
  • Blending to reduce costs and increase access, including OER
  • Development of new approaches for assessment, on the course or program level
  • Institution-level strategies, initiatives, and programming

Session formats include 20-minute presentations, 75-minute panels (including presenters from at least two institutions), 75-minute hands-on interactive workshops, and NEW this year, 5-minute pitches for the plenary Lightning Round.

Contact Jennifer Spohrer at with questions. This conference was supported by Bryn Mawr College, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Teagle Foundation.

Past conference archives.


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