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Presentation on the possibilities of using shared academics as an approach to language learning. Campuses can collaborate to meet the challenges of language teaching and offer more languages.

Presentation on the possibilities of using shared academics as an approach to language learning. Campuses can collaborate to meet the challenges of language teaching and offer more languages.

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  • Virtually travelingImmediacy of interactionCultural informationFace to face interactionThis is what we mean by a globally networked worldPlus, don’t we all want to teach without our pants on? ;)Video is about 2 minutes


  • 1. Intercampus Language Learning
    Rebecca Frost Davis, Ph.D.
    Program Officer for the Humanities
    National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education
  • 2. National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education
  • 3. Intercampus Language Learning
    Lessons Learned from Previous Experiments
    Shared Academics: Sunoikisis
    Global Education
    High Definition Videoconferencing
    Current Experiments
    Virtual Language Learning Project
    Global Cities Program
    Shared Academics project
  • 4. Case STUdies
    Shared Academics and Global Education
  • 5. Shared Academics
    Sunoikisis, Virtual Department of Classical Studies
    Intercampus Team Taught Courses
    Weekly live online sessions using desktop videoconferencing
    Remaining course meetings on individual campuses
    Summer Course Planning Seminars
  • 6. Program Evaluation
    PIs: Susan Frost, Emory University & Deborah Olsen, Virginia Tech
    Model design for how to evaluate this type of program
    Evaluation Report and How to guide available at:
  • 7. Sunoikisis Evaluation Conclusions
    Furthers a core goal of liberal education
    Successful collaboration of formerly competitive colleges
    Unbundling of instructional components to pool instructional resources
  • 8. Sunoikisis Lessons Learned
    Hybrid model: include asynchronous interaction
    Need for collaboration lead
    Models for academic credit
    Sunoikisis: Each campus offers course
    CGMA: GIS in Mediterranean Archaeology
    DePauw University, Millsaps College, Rhodes College, The College of Wooster
    Rotating teaching responsibilities and course offering
  • 9. Sunoikisis Challenges
    Poor student engagement with faculty and students on other campuses
    Need to adapt teaching & learning to virtual classroom
    Technology infrastructure
    Inadequate recognition for faculty work
  • 10. Global Education
    Small Liberal Arts Colleges
    Residential, Local
    Close Personal Interaction
    Face-to-Face Focus
    Traditional study abroad with complete immersion in another culture
    Globally Networked World
    Always connected
    Access to global resources & information
    High-speed digital networks
    High-definition video
  • 11. Pitzer College and global study
    Collaborative coursework with South Africa
    Based on study abroad relationships
    Synchronous class sessions
    Intercampus collaborative projects
  • 12. Distance & Time
  • 13. Challenges
    Room scheduling
    IT support after hours
    Intercultural understanding
    Value of grades
  • 14. Technology Today
    New Opportunities
  • 15. New Strategies
    High-Definition Videoconferencing, Shared Academics and the Liberal Arts College, Eric Jansson, NITLE
    Victor Ferrall,Liberal Arts at the Brink
  • 16. Experience High Definition Video Conferencing
  • 17. Telepresence Evolution
    • $50,000+ stationary solutions
    • 18. ISDN/non-standards network connectivity
    • 19. Dedicated support model
    • Solutions ~$3000 for mobile unit
    • 20. IP/Standards-based for interoperability
    • 21. Plug and play model
  • Quality of the Experience
    • Standard definition (704x480 pixel density) video quality
    • 22. High latency
    • 23. Out of sync audio and video
    • High definition (1280x720 pixel density) video quality
    • 24. Low latency
    • 25. Life-like audio/video experience
  • Virtual Language Learning Project (VLLP)
    Consortium for Innovative Environments in Learning (CIEL)
    Enrich language learning opportunities for students of all its schools;
    Enable faculty to connect expanded virtual and immersive place-based language learning;
    Increase the Consortium’s capacity for aligned technological infrastructure, and the ability to support high definition videoconferencing among all campuses and international field sites.
  • 26. Shared Academics
    American University of Paris
    Eugene Lang College
    Global Cities
    Global Communications
    Global Literary Studies
    Transatlantic Seminars
  • 27. Technology Ecosystem
    Eric Gordon and David Bogen,Designing Choreographies for the "New Economy of Attention”
    Managing the Backchannel
    Synchronous & Asynchronous
    Hybrid Courses
    Anya Kamenetz, author of DIY U discusses her ideas with leaders from the NITLE Network.
  • 28. Strategic Areas for Collaboration
    Using digital technologies to expand opportunities for students via international partnerships, service learning, and study abroad
    Creating more flexible approaches to tenure and promotion aimed at supporting risk-taking and innovation
    Using an evidence-based approach to blended learning and balancing the residential model with use of digital environments
    Creating heightened exchange and connections between institutions to leverage unique strengths within a collective
    Finding a Place for Liberal Arts in a Networked World
  • 29. National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education
    The National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education (NITLE) helps liberal arts colleges and universities integrate inquiry, pedagogy, and technology. With its NITLE Network members, NITLE works to enrich undergraduate education and strengthen the liberal arts tradition. Established in 2001, NITLE is the key organization for liberal arts colleges and universities seeking to engage students in the unique learning experience that liberal education provides and to use technology strategically to advance the liberal-arts mission.