Blended Learning in a Liberal Arts Setting

4:00pm - 5:00pm EDT September 12, 2012

We encourage faculty, instructional technologists, librarians, and others from the NITLE Network who are interested in integrated blended learning methods at liberal arts colleges to attend this seminar. Attendance by institutional teams is encouraged; individuals are also welcome to participate. (Times EDT)

Blended learning has been widely adopted at large universities and community colleges, and learning sciences research has shown that this approach can increase student engagement, performance, and persistence in those settings. Liberal arts colleges, however, have been much slower to explore blended learning, in part due to uncertainty about its value and appropriateness in a smaller, more intimate setting.

In 2011–2012 Bryn Mawr College, with funding from a Next Generation Learning Challenge Grant, began studying the impact of blended learning approaches—defined loosely as courses in which students both participate in face-to-face classes and work through computer-based, interactive tutorials and quizzes that provide customized learning and instant feedback—within a liberal arts environment, with a focus on introductory science and mathematics (STEM) courses. In this seminar, Dr. Jennifer Spohrer, Educational Technologist at Bryn Mawr College, will share findings of this study, as well as ongoing and future research of this initiative and lead a discussion of how best to integrate blended learning approaches in a liberal arts context.

Speaker Biography

Dr. Jennifer Spohrer is an instructional technologist in the Provost’s Office at Bryn Mawr College and project coordinator for the Next Generation Learning Challenge grant, “Using Blended Learning in a Liberal Arts Environment to Improve Developmental and Gatekeeper STEM Course Completion, Persistence, and College Completion.” She draws on her previous experience as a faculty member and in technical support to assist faculty in identifying their pedagogical challenges and goals, researching and evaluating technologies that can help address or meet them, and integrating those technologies into their teaching in effective ways.


Registration for this event is closed. (Participation in NITLE Shared Academics events is open to all active member institutions of the NITLE Network as a benefit of membership and as space allows. No additional registration fee applies.)

This seminar, “Blended Learning in a Liberal Arts Setting,” has been designated an open-house event for institutions considering membership in the NITLE Network. Non-member institutions are invited to register interested faculty and staff for this event free of charge.

Event Hashtag

Participants are encouraged to share their thoughts on Twitter via this event’s hashtag: #blendedlearning.


For more information about this event, please contact Rebecca Frost Davis, program officer for the humanities, at