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Engaging lib ed_distance_final

Engaging lib ed_distance_final



Powerpoint from "Engaging Liberal Education at a Distance" panel at 2011 AAC&U Annual Conference. Panel organized by NITLE.

Powerpoint from "Engaging Liberal Education at a Distance" panel at 2011 AAC&U Annual Conference. Panel organized by NITLE.



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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
  • My name is Rebecca Davis, and I will be moderating today’s session, which is sponsored by the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education aka NITLE. We work with a diverse community of liberal arts colleges and universities. This national network is focused on developing a deep understanding of the undergraduate student experience, the impact of the broader technological environment on teaching and learning, and the future of liberal education.
  • The current technological environment presents some challenges to the traditional model of liberal education that we see in most institutions within the NITLE network. We typically work with small liberal arts colleges that privilege face-to-face interaction. Based on the monastic tradition, students are supposed to focus only on learning in their current environment. And, the key way to gain global knowledge is to study abroad. Today’s globally networked world presents a challenge to that model. Students, whether abroad or on campus, are always connected, with access to global resources and information. And once they leave college they will likely live and work in the same context. Small liberal arts colleges, then, are presented with the challenge of maintaining the values of liberal education and preparing students to exercise their liberal arts abilities in a networked world. The model of distance education with asynchronous interaction is one answer to education in a networked world, but this model is diametrically opposed to the educational model of our institutions. Faced with this challenge colleges could pull in and try to strengthen their local focus, or they can find ways to engage the global network in ways consistent with their values.
  • Today, we will examine this challenge specifically through the lens of one new technology—high definition video conferencing over high-speed digital networks. Our presenters will share lessons learned from past experiences with various types of video-conferencing, including traditional and desktop, and explain how they are applying those lessons in current projects using high def video. Projects include undergraduate research, collaborative courses and curriculum, promoting global competence, connecting with international sites, and foreign language acquisition. In these examples, our panelists have explored how to use technology to interact at a distance in ways consistent with their liberal arts mission. Finally, we will end with a discussion of how these technologies can facilitate liberal education.
  • Flesh this out:NITLE has experience with intercampus pedagogy. Let me share one model that would benefit from high def video . . .
  • About the NITLE 2011 Thought Leader SeriesThe NITLE 2011 Thought Leader Series offers two immediate benefits. 1. Chief academic and information officers and other campus leaders from liberal arts colleges will have direct access to thought leaders who are currently influencing discourse and policy about higher education and its future. 2. Campuses that connect to the series will gain direct experience with the application of interactive, high-definition video for educational and collaborative purposes.

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