Liberal Arts Collaborative
for Digital Innovation

Founded in 2014, LACOL is a partnership of Amherst College, Bryn Mawr College, Carleton College,
Davidson College, Hamilton College, Haverford College, Swarthmore College, Vassar College, 
Washington and Lee University, and Williams College. 


The LACOL 2021 Consortium-wide Workshop Steering Committee invites proposals from members--faculty, staff, and students--to present and share their practices, methods, experiences, and findings related to blended learning, digital research and innovations, inclusive and equitable teaching and learning, and the transformative uses of technology. 

Embracing the notion of “play and innovation” in the liberal arts broadly, LACOL 2021 (June 21-23 online) seeks proposals for panels, roundtable, interactive virtual workshops, and/or virtual poster sessions.

For proposal guidelines and dates, see:

The proposal form link is live! 

Submit ideas for a talk, roundtable, panel, or digital poster from March 1 to April 2. 


New Offering for Students - Summer 2021
LACOL Shared Course Initiative

Digital Humanities

social justice collections and liberal arts curricula

A fully online, collaborative course through LACOL in Summer 2021

Through a unique collaboration across LACOL, a new, fully online shared course Digital Humanities: Social Justice Collections and Liberal arts Curricula uses college archives and collections, and curricular data, as a multi-campus corpus to be interrogated as a basis for historically and socially relevant digital research. Students will apply different lenses – history, language, culture, religion, solo/ensemble works of art, “digital making” to formulate and address a research question. This new course in Digital Humanities joins Introduction to Data Science (now in its third year) on the menu of online summer offerings designed to expand opportunity and innovation through multi-campus LACOL collaboration.

Browse the syllabus and more information:

Update on the LACOL

QLAB project 

Spring 2021 

The QLAB core team recognized that faculty and staff are facing immense challenges around the pandemic and have little bandwidth for additional activities or testing new QLAB materials. Though we decided to pause most of the formal grant activities for the 20-21 academic year, we recognized the reduction in face-to-face instruction and support provides an excellent opportunity to learn more about how faculty are using online methods for supporting student quantitative skills. Over the last six months, we have finalized the three modules that were developed through the dialogue process in 19-20: linear functions, logs and exponents, and descriptive statistics. We had two excellent students (Nina Denne, Carleton, and Caroline Case, Williams), who added content, edited the modules from a student perspective, and made the module interface more appealing and easy to navigate. 

We offered several programs around the use of the redesigned modules for LACOL faculty at three different sessions during the Summer of 2020, and while we offered the modules for faculty to use, we did not actively recruit users. SERC conducted a focus group interview with the four faculty members (from Carleton, Davidson, and Williams) who used modules in their fall term courses.  All in all, we received positive feedback; faculty found modules flexible enough to be used for a variety of different courses in a variety of different ways. In addition, we heard that faculty users

  • Found the disciplinary wrapping of the practice problems to be authentic, and the materials to be of high quality. 
  • Found that the modules were useful refreshers, and one mentioned that the modules “seemed to be more supportive than assessive”, which is something that we were aiming for when we designed the modules. 
The modules are available for faculty who want to use them this coming winter/spring, and we are also looking for input about what the next round of module development should include. We will be hosting sessions at the Consortium Workshop at Hamilton in June, but we welcome anyone interested in knowing more about this project, or would like to use the modules this spring to contact the QLAB core team.

LACOL 2021
Virtual Workshop
@Hamilton College

June 21st - 23rd via Zoom
 8:30am-4:00pm Eastern Time
 Flexible sign up to join the virtual sessions of your choosing

Student Track - led by and/or about Students
Faculty and LACOL Team Talks and Panels
Affinity Groups for Language Instruction, Quantitative Skills, Digital Fluencies, Data Science, Digital Pedagogies
 Digital Posters
Book and Gadget Raffles!
P E E R - T O - P E E R  L E A R N I N G  C O M M U N I T Y
Call for Presenters. Submit a Proposal!


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