Quarterly Newsletter from LACOL
Volume 1, Issue 3
Summer 2016
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Liberal Arts Consortium for Online Learning

Welcome to the Liberal Arts Consortium for Online Learning (LACOL) newsletter. Founded in 2014, the Consortium is a partnership of Amherst, Carleton, Haverford, Pomona, Swarthmore, Vassar, and Williams colleges. Through digital collaboration, we are experimenting to enhance learning through shared technology.

Summer Workshop Edition
On June 17-18, 2016, the Liberal Arts Consortium for Online Learning held its second consortium-wide workshop on the campus of Haverford College. The two-day program provided ample opportunity for:

LACOL working group members to meet and develop their ideas
Presentations and discussion on emerging practices for blended and online teaching and learning for the liberal arts
Group brainstorming on how to spark and sustain meaningful collaboration around shared goals and inquiries
Collegial connections and networking

Throughout the two day workshop, colleagues exchanged their ideas and aspirations, with a focus on identifying concrete steps and experiments to serve as the basis of our collective work. Numerous topical presentations were capped off by an outstanding keynote talk from Stanford University’s Candace Thille on the future of open learning for the liberal arts.  Spirits were high as workshop participants unified around several guiding principles and actionable plans to inspire LACOL’s work into the next academic year and beyond.

The Executive Summary and full 2016 Workshop Report describe the sessions and working group activities in detail.  Major outcomes of the workshop are outlined, including several recommendations on next steps for the Consortium.  
Click here to read the Workshop Report
Workshop Resources on the Web Workshop Report - Executive Summary
Full Workshop Report
Photo Gallery
• Tech Lightning Round Flyer
Workshop Video Gallery

Dr. Candace Thille (Stanford University) delivered a memorable keynote talk entitled, "The Science of Learning, Technology, and Student Success for Liberal Education."  Click to watch highlights from the video recording.
Teaching Italian on the edX Platform.  On July 27th, special guest Daniela Bartelesi-Graf from Wellesley College will share her experiences teaching Italian language and culture using the edX platform. This 1.5 hour web conference with Q&A is open to members and friends of LACOL. For details, see:
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On the Blog

Are you or your colleagues experimenting with new tech tools and pedagogies online or integrated in the classroom? Posting to the LACOL blog is one of the easiest and most effective ways to share ideas across the network. If you have an idea for a story on digitally-enhanced teaching and learning from your campus, please consider posting to the blog.

Recent posts:
Invitation to Collaborate: French Digital Storytelling
DataFest 2016 at Vassar 
Teaching with the iPad Pro and Pencil at Swarthmore

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Working Groups
The Consortium's four working groups enjoyed focused time together at the June workshop talking about their ideas and planning next steps.

To learn more about the work of each group, visit their home page:  

Active & Engaged Reading
Teaching & Learning
• Language Instruction
• Quantitative Skills

Browse the workshop report for more details on each group's plans for Summer/Fall 2016.
Get Involved
Faculty and staff at member institutions who are interested in digital collaboration on the frontiers of learning, please visit the Information for LACOL Members page and our Collaboration Intranet for more details on the Consortium's current activities and projects.

You may also wish to 
check with your local LACOL faculty representatives to learn more and explore initiatives that may already have connections to your local campus. You are also invited to bring forward new ideas for joint exploration or suggestions for teaching experiments that might benefit from collaborative partnerships with colleagues across the LACOL network.  
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