Blended Learning in the Liberal Arts

Digital Competencies Think Tank

Posted December 1, 2017

The following is a guest post from Gina Siesing, Bryn Mawr College’s Chief Information Officer and Director of Libraries. Beth Seltzer, Jenny Spohrer, and I had the pleasure of co-facilitating a “Think Tank” session at Davidson College last month, focused on the Bryn Mawr Digital Competencies model and design of allied programs across liberal arts […]

A Quick Intro to Digital Publishing Options

Posted November 21, 2017

If you’re a student, staff or faculty member who wants to start publishing on the web, there are a couple of popular options: 1) WordPress. According to their website (as of November 2017), 29% of the web runs on WordPress. Best for: Blogging, traditional websites Examples: LILAC Summer Internships, Blended Learning in the Liberal Arts, This […]

A Flipped Classroom Model for Information Literacy Instruction

Posted June 21, 2017

Bryn Mawr librarians Olivia Castello and Alex Pfundt used a Blended Learning seed grant to flip library instruction and make it more active. Their assessment of the efficacy of the flipped classroom model was recently published in the Journal of Creative Library Practice. Abstract With the help of a Curricular Development Seed Grant, funded by […]

What are Jupyter Notebooks? Why would I want to use them?

Posted April 5, 2017

Right after the Blended Learning Conference, Bryn Mawr is hosting JupyterDayPhilly on May 19, 2017. The theme is “Transformative Teaching with the Jupyter Notebook.” But what is a Jupyter Notebook, and why would you want to teach with it? “The Jupyter Notebook is an open-source web application that allows you to create and share documents […]

Physical Computing for Digital Scholarship

Posted March 15, 2017

Project Team Francesca Agnello ’18, Makenna Lenover ’19, Nathália Santos ’18, Jacy Li ’19, and Alicia Peaker, Digital Scholarship Specialist Project Involved Digital Scholarship Research Assistants Program Timeline Workplan: Week 1 03/23 – 03/29: Experimenting With Hardware: *Learn the basics of Arduino, LilyPad, Raspberry Pi, and Makey-Makey; *Introduction to necessary coding: Arduino IDE; *Understand how […]

Trends in Educational Technology: Report from the ELI Annual Meeting

Posted March 8, 2017

A few weeks ago, Gina Siesing and I attended the ELI 2017 Annual Meeting to co-facilitate a workshop on digital citizenship for liberal arts colleges. ELI stands for EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative,  the arm of the EDUCAUSE professional association for technology in higher education that focuses on pedagogical uses of technology. Every year at the conference, […]

Successful digital innovation aligns with institutional mission and strengths

Posted February 24, 2017

When I give talks about the Blended Learning in the Liberals Arts initiative, I am often asked what other colleges can learn from our experience. Our conclusions have been recently summarized in an article for Trusteeship magazine, entitled Disrupting Assumptions: E-Learning at Liberal Arts Colleges, co-authored by me, president Kimberly Cassidy and the secretary of […]

Digital Pedagogy Trends at MLA ’17

Posted February 22, 2017

The main conceptual tension we face today when we talk about digital pedagogy is the tension between openness and safety. We are drawn towards the possibilities offered by making our work more accessible, letting our students join authentic conversations, and more richly explaining what we do to the world outside the academy. Yet at the […]

Brain-Based Design Thinking Workshop

Posted January 25, 2017

          On January 13, 2017, Edward O’Neill facilitated a workshop at Bryn Mawr College on Brain-Based Design Thinking.  Based in cognitive psychology and behavioral economics, O’Neill uses the physiology of the brain and human behavior to explain why creative problem solving can be difficult and offers an approach that combines listening, […]

Digital Technologies, Architecture, and 3D Rome

Posted January 9, 2017

Project Team Tom Morton Course Involved CITY 360: Architecture of the Eternal City: Rome of the Emperors, Popes, and Starchitects Timeline Piloted in course: Fall 2016 Goals and Description Diane Favro (UCLA) visited Bryn Mawr during the 2016 fall term to give a public lecture on her work involving digital technologies and the study of […]

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