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LACOL’s Language Skills Map and Diagnostic Dashboard

Posted November 13, 2017

As part of the Liberal Arts Consortium for Online Learning (LACOL), a group of foreign language faculty and technologists are working toward a Collaborative Language Diagnostics and Refresher Framework, including a visual dashboard to help faculty efficiently assess the language proficiencies of new students.  In ancient and modern languages, faculty are seeking better procedures and […]

Photogrammetry: Digitize and Democratize

Posted October 25, 2017

Last week, the audience at our third Tech Talk of the semester heard from Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology Caroline VanSickle and GSAS students Matt Jameson and Sarah Luckey, who presented about their experience with photogrammetry. Photogrammetry is a photographic imaging technique that uses sets of photographs to create 3D models. Using techniques from computational […]

Notes from JupyterDayPhilly 2017

Posted June 7, 2017

JupyterDayPhilly took place May 19, 2017 at Bryn Mawr College. (See our previous post on Jupyter Notebooks—they’re interactive online books that let users mix live computation with narrative.) Users explored the advantages and challenges of using the Notebooks across a range of disciplines. It was a powerful demonstration that STEM fields increasingly value digital proficiency, […]

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, […]

HoloLens Applications: Telling Indigenous Stories with Virtual Reality

Posted November 30, 2016

Over the past few months, the ETS team has been brainstorming educational applications of virtual and mixed reality devices like the HoloLens. We’ve been collecting great ideas from participants in our workshops – everything from visualizations of cell biology to exploring a Roman marketplace to using virtual reality to see internal structures of a building […]

ePortfolios: The Good, the Bad, and What We’re Reading About It

Posted October 19, 2016

Imagine this. During college, instead of writing short essay responses on Moodle, you write them on your personal blog. You get in a heated debate with four of your classmates and two advocates as a nearby non-profit about local environmental issues. Instead of a final paper, you build a digital map on urban food deserts, […]