The fourth annual Blended Learning in the Liberal Arts conference is scheduled for Wednesday, May 20-Thursday May 21, 2015, and will be held at Bryn Mawr College. These conferences are intended as a forum for faculty and staff to share resources, techniques, findings, and experiences related to blended learning. The definition of blended learning is quite broad, encompassing any combination of online and face-to-face instruction with a focus on supporting the close faculty-student interaction and emphasis on lifelong learning that is a hallmark of American liberal arts education.
This year's conference has grown to include 13 sessions of 2-4 presentations each, and two workshops.
- Sessions with a pedagogical focus include blending foreign language and STEM courses, designing blended approaches to teaching critical thinking, reading, writing, or computational skills across disciplines, and ideas for digital project-based learning in the humanities and social sciences.
- If you're just getting started, the Blended Learning: It's All About the Face Time workshop offers hands-on experience with developing a blended course.
- For those grappling with developing institutional support for blended learning, there are sessions on research and assessment, internal support models, and cross-institutional collaborations, including a hands-on workshop, Working Together: Community and Cross-Campus Collaborations through Blended Learning.
For more information about the conference, to view materials from past conferences, and to register, please see the website.