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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.


  • 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