Shared Course Design: Hendrix, Rollins and the ACS New Paradigm Initiative

4:00pm - 5:00pm EST February 27, 2014

A shared course piloted by Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas, and Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, tested whether a faculty member teaching students from nearly 1,000 miles away might still be able to positively impact student learning. What did course designers learn from this pilot program and how might it inform a new teaching paradigm? (Times EST)

As part of the Associated Colleges of the South (ACS) New Paradigm Initiative, Hendrix and Rollins embarked on an experiment in teaching and learning during the spring semester of 2013. The two colleges agreed to partner in offering a voice and diction class for Hendrix students taught by a Rollins professor, Eric Zivot. Since course content centers on the nuances of articulation, vocal tone, resonance, breathing, and posture, teaching it requires close interaction between the faculty member and students. Teaching it remotely might seem daunting at best. Indeed, the effectiveness of this pilot course depended on whether the technology could diminish the physical distance between Zivot and his Hendrix students while simultaneously enabling the up-close interactions necessary for student learning. NITLE and the ACS invite you to join Zivot and his Hendrix colleagues, Ann Muse, associate professor of theatre arts, and Bobby Engeler-Young, director of media services, as they discuss the pilot program, student reactions to the course, what was learned, and how they are collectively pioneering a new teaching paradigm. Amanda Hagood, director of blended learning at the ACS, will also be present to speak about the consortium’s New Paradigm Initiative.

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Seminar Leaders

Bobby Engeler-Young is media center director at Hendrix College. Having served in this role for 15 years, Mr. Engeler-Young has navigated many shifts and changes in classroom technology. He enjoys the challenge of developing a support process for a classroom interaction in which the technology is not merely presented, but is in fact the medium of interaction.

Ann Muse is an associate professor of Theatre Arts at Hendrix College. She joined the Hendrix faculty in 2002. Her interests include acting, directing, gender and ethnicity in performance, and avant-garde theater. She also coordinates Hendrix College’s Explorations course, which is designed to foster an ongoing engagement with the liberal arts experience, to facilitate the transition of new students to the Hendrix community, and to enhance students’ potential for success in their collegiate studies.

Eric Zivot is an associate professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance at Rollins College. He has been involved with distance learning since 1996. As the co-founder of the Gymnasia Theatrica, a performance studio in Los Angeles, Professor Zivot began offering his students individual, presentation, audition, and dialogue coaching over the telephone. Along with his current teaching duties, Professor Zivot is an associate artist at the Orlando Shakespeare Theater and a resident director at the Mad Cow Theatre in Orlando. He is currently teaching a distance-learning class in voice and speech in partnership with Hendrix College.

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Those interested how institutions might collaborate to expand course offerings and opportunities for students should attend this seminar. Attendance by institutional teams is encouraged; individuals are also welcome to participate.

Please register online by Tuesday, February 25. Participation in NITLE Shared Academics 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.


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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.