Blended Learning in the Liberal Arts

Creating an Augmented & Virtual Reality Course

Posted April 25, 2018

This past semester, we’ve gotten to go into a different realm of educational technology: augmented and virtual reality course development. Throughout the course of the past year, we’ve been busy developing an experiential learning, or Praxis, course centered on developing museum applications for virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) platforms. The course also provided […]

Bryn Mawr & the Educause Learning Initiative

Posted February 28, 2018

The EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) is a community of higher education institutions and organizations committed to advancing learning through information technology innovation.  Each year the group convenes nationally, so that its members may share their work in pedagogical principles and practices.  The theme of the 2018 ELI Annual Meeting on January 29-31 in New Orleans […]

Beyond the Overhead Projector: Digital Solutions for Writing on Screen

Posted February 14, 2018

Shortly before the beginning of the semester, Bryn Mawr’s Educational Technology Services hosted a workshop for faculty and staff focused on tech solutions for “writing on screen”. The tech tools we shared during the workshop are alternatives to analog chalk-and-blackboard presentations, and can give teachers greater flexibility in presenting, saving, and sharing their writing. We […]

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 […]

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