NITLE Shared Academics

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.

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Learning and Pedagogy

May 21st, 2014

  • Preparing Students for Life After Graduation: Colleges Collaborate
    In UCLA’s 2012 national survey of college freshmen, 87.9% of respondents named “getting a job” as their top reason for going to college. While the economic climate has increased the pressure on all institutions of higher learning to demonstrate the value of a college degree, liberal arts colleges have been subject to some of the most intense public scrutiny. How might liberal arts colleges work together to address these concerns? (Times EDT)

May 14th, 2014

  • Doing Digital History with Undergraduates
    How can you mobilize digital skills and tools in the service of learning? Learn from historians as they share their successes and failures in crafting authentic inquiry-based experiences through digital mediums in the undergraduate classroom. (Times EDT)

May 13th, 2014

  • Building a Digital Museum: Opportunities for Scholarship and Learning
    Imagine being able to provide students and researchers access to 50 years of professional art and design artifacts created by renowned New York theatre designer, producer, painter, sculptor, and photographer Peter Wexler. That was the opportunity presented Furman University’s Digital Collections Center: create the Peter Wexler Digital Museum. Find out how they are tackling this ambitious project, overcoming the challenges it presents, and aligning it with institutional goals.  (Times EDT)

May 6th, 2014

  • Capacity Mapping: Re-imagining Undergraduate Business Education
    Majoring in business continues to rise in popularity as industry recruiters, public officials, and parents alike increasingly focus on post-secondary education as preparation for employment. Faced with these market pressures, how might colleges and universities committed to the principles of liberal education respond? In this seminar, Mary Grace Neville, associate professor of business at Southwestern University, shares a framework for undergraduate business education that aims to cultivate high integrity leaders for the 21st century. (Times EDT)

April 15th, 2014

  • Geospatial Learning and Analysis Across the Curriculum
    This event has been CANCELED. We are in the process of scheduling a new date.
    No matter the discipline, the capacity to collect, analyze, interpret, and share geographic data can be enhanced by Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Yet identifying GIS resources and learning how to use new geospatial tools can be time-consuming. Join NITLE Subject-Area Specialist Meg Stewart as she provides an introduction to geospatial technologies, their wide-ranging uses and the means to determine which uses might enhance your courses and research. (Times EDT)

April 9th, 2014

  • Gamification: Theory and Applications in the Liberal Arts
    As zoologists, psychologists, anthropologists, and many educators know, playing games is at the heart of learning. Teachers have long used rhetorical games like debates or mind games such as Socratic elenchus to encourage critical thinking. But what about video and computer games? While readily accepted as play, games are increasingly being viewed as a teaching tool. What role might they play in fostering critical thinking, creativity, collaboration and complex decision-making skills in the liberal arts? (Times EDT)

April 3rd, 2014

  • An Open Discussion on the 2014 Horizon Report
    One of the skills that lead to effective decisions is the ability to recognize and draw meaning from patterns. How might you use resources like the NMC Horizon Report to hone your ability to recognize patterns and use that knowledge to make better strategic decisions? (Times EDT)

February 27th, 2014

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

February 5th, 2014

  • Flipped for the Sciences: Course Design
    Last November, seminar leaders Maha Zewail Foote and Steven Neshyba introduced how they are using “flipped” classroom techniques to engage students in the sciences. What’s next? Whether you simply want to experiment with flipped techniques or you’ve decided to flip an entire course, join them for a follow-up seminar as they present a model for flipping a course and share examples of in-classroom activities. (Times EST)

February 4th, 2014

  • Cultural Factors Shaping “Crisis” Conversations in Higher Education
    The current conversations about crisis in education - and the equally contentious debates about how to solve said crises - do not occur in a vacuum: both the problems and the solutions are the product of a dynamic cultural, economic, and political context. How do faculty, staff, and administrators navigate this changing environment in a way that honors the mission of their institutions and the wider values of post-secondary education? (Times EST)