Teaching in High Definition

2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT June 19, 2013

Can colleges and universities employ online technologies and leverage resources while still remaining true to the pedagogical practices of liberal education? Language faculty from two liberal arts institutions share why they believe employing high-definition videoconferencing is consistent with the pedagogy of liberal education. (Times EDT)
Description

Can colleges and universities employ online technologies and leverage resources while still remaining true to the pedagogical practices of liberal education? This question drives much of the concern around online learning, particularly for colleges and universities accustomed to the intimacy of a small classroom. At the heart of the question is another question: can meeting virtually replicate the face-to-face interactions valued in liberal education? Despite improvements in “telepresence” technologies, many academic administrators and faculty remain skeptical about teaching in virtualized environments.

In this seminar, participants will hear from faculty members who consider sound clarity and real-time exchange vital to their teaching. Language faculty from two liberal arts institutions will share why they believe employing high-definition videoconferencing is consistent with the pedagogy of liberal education. They will describe its role in their teaching toolkit and how it can be most effectively used. They will also explain how consortial relationships with other institutions have enabled them to expand the learning opportunities they offer students.

Recommended Reading

Reynard, R. (2013). Maximizing the Instructional Impact of Videoconferencing. Campus Technology.

Speakers

Silke Feltz is an instructor of English and German at Schreiner University. She holds an M.A. and First Bavarian Staatsexaman (graduate teaching degree) from Otto-Friedrich Universität Bamberg, Germany. She is originally from Germany and has previously taught both English and German in Bavaria, South Carolina, Illinois, and Florida. In 2008, she moved to Kerrville, and after one year of adjuncting, she joined the full-time faculty in the fall of 2009.

Melissa L. Fiori is an associate professor in the Modern Languages Department at Daemen College. Dr. Fiori earned a Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition from The Pennsylvania State University in 2004 with the Department of Spanish, Italian and Portuguese. She obtained her M.A. in Spanish Literature, Language and Culture of the Spanish Speaking World from Middlebury College in 1998, and completed her undergraduate work from Bucknell University in 1997 with a degree in Spanish and International Relations (Latin American History and Politics).

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Registration

Members of the NITLE Network interested in offering courses through high-definition videoconferencing should attend this seminar. Attendance by institutional teams is encouraged; individuals are also welcome to participate.

Please register online by Monday, June 17. 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.

Questions

For more information about this event, please contact Georgianne Hewett at ghewett@nitle.org.


NITLE Shared AcademicsTM models a new approach to liberal education – made possible through strategic collaboration, driven by shared knowledge, and supported by emerging technologies. Campuses learn how inter-institutional academic exchange works by actively participating in it, building the knowledge and experience to re-architect liberal education.