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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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    • 1. Experience High Definition Video Conferencing
    • 2. Engaging Liberal Education at a Distance
      AAC&U Annual Meeting
      January 28, 2011
      This Session is sponsored by the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education.
    • 3. Participants
      Gret Antilla, Executive Director, Consortium for Innovative Environments in Learning
      Kebokile Dengu-Zvobogo, Associate Dean, International Programs, Pitzer College
      Paul Burkhardt, Executive Vice-President for Academic Affairs and Provost, Prescott College
      Ed Clausen, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Daemen College
      Rebecca Davis, Program Officer for the Humanities, National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education
    • 4. National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education
    • 5. Liberal Education in the Globally Networked World
      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
    • 6. Session Outline
      Discuss projects exploring how high-speed digital networks and high-definition video can enable institutions committed to liberal education to share academic expertise
      Undergraduate Research
      Inter-institutional Collaborative Courses & Curriculum
      Global Competence
      International sites
      Foreign Language Acquisition
    • 7. Telepresence Evolution
      • $50,000+ stationary solutions
      • 8. ISDN/non-standards network connectivity
      • 9. Dedicated support model
      • Solutions ~$3000 for mobile unit
      • 10. IP/Standards-based for interoperability
      • 11. Plug and play model
    • Quality of the Experience
      • Standard definition (704x480 pixel density) video quality
      • 12. High latency
      • 13. Out of sync audio and video
      • High definition (1280x720 pixel density) video quality
      • 14. Low latency
      • 15. Life-like audio/video experience
    • Intercampus Courses
      High-Definition Videoconferencing, Shared Academics and the Liberal Arts College, Eric Jansson, NITLE
      Sunoikisis, Virtual Department of Classical Studies
      Intercampus Team Taught Courses
      Program Evaluation and Model Design, PIs: Susan Frost, Emory University & Deborah Olsen, Virginia Tech
      Evaluation Report and How to guide available at:
    • 16. Sunoikisis Evaluation Conclusions
      Furthers a core goal of liberal education
      Successful collaboration of formerly competitive colleges
      Unbundling of instructional components to pool instructional resources
    • 17. 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
    • 18. 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
    • 19. What is CIEL?
      Consortium for Innovative Environments in Learning
      Alverno College - Daemen College - The Evergreen State College - Fairhaven College at Western Washington University - Hampshire College - Johnston Center for Integrative Studies at the University of Redlands - Marlboro College - New College at the University of Alabama - New College of Florida - New Century College and University Life of George Mason University - Pitzer College - Prescott College - Richard Stockton College of New Jersey
    • 20. CIEL schools put innovation and experimentation at the core of their mission, organization, and everyday work. Though each school is distinct, each shares a commitment to the following goals and practices:
      Interdisciplinary, Integrative and Experiential learning
      Integration of theory and practice
      Independent and individualized learning
      Authentic assessment strategies
      Globalized curriculumand commitment to teaching and learning for social justice
    • 21. CIEL institutions share a common goal: to advance innovations in student learning.
      CIEL’s mission is three-fold:
      Continued improvement and innovation in student learning
      Sharing information and practices
      Outreach to higher education
    • 22. Projects that engage across distance
      Virtual Student Symposium
      Collaborative Curriculum
      Pitzer College and global study
      Virtual Language Learning Project
    • 23. Virtual Language Learning Project (VLLP)
      The CIEL VLLPis a multiyear collaboration to 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.
    • 24. The future
      Daemen College and virtual reality
    • 25. NITLE Thought Leader Series
      Anya Kamenetz, DIY U discusses her ideas with leaders from the NITLE Network.
    • 26. Shared Academics
      American University of Paris
      Eugene Lang College
      Global Cities
      Global Communications
      Global Literary Studies
      Transatlantic Seminars