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Bryn Mawr College's TIDES Project featured in Association of American Colleges and Universities

Bryn Mawr College's TIDES Project (Teaching to Increase Diversity and Equity in STEM initiative) is featured in the new issue of AAC&U, Diversity & Democracy on Gender Equity in Higher Education, Spring 2015, Vol. 18, No. 2.
"This issue of Diversity & Democracy extends AAC&U's longstanding commitment to addressing gender-based inequities in higher education. Article topics include gender equity among STEM students and faculty, women's leadership in areas such as higher education administration, the role of women's colleges and universities worldwide, and the importance of creating campuses that are safe and inclusive for students of all gender identities."

In Women in Computing: The Imperative of Critical Pedagogical Reform, the "Key to sustaining US global competitiveness is the country's ability to harness the kinds of diverse perspectives that not only are known to fuel better scientific outcomes, but also are associated with the inclusion of underrepresented groups, particularly women and women of color."

Kelly Mack and Melissa Soto, Association of American Colleges and Universities; Lilliam Casillas-Martinez, University of Puerto Rico–Humacao; and Elizabeth F. McCormack, Bryn Mawr College

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BlendLAC 2015 Materials - Now Available!

The wait is over! Visit Bryn Mawr College's repository to view recordings of presentations and slides from presenters. Click here to go to the page. Read the post below for a recap of the conference.

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BlendLAC 2015 was a great success!

The fourth annual Blended Learning in the Liberal Arts Conference, hosted at Bryn Mawr College from May 20 to May 21, included a keynote address, panel discussions and various workshops.

It brought together more than 165 professionals from 65 different colleges, universities and institutions to focus on topics of interest related to blended learning in the liberal arts. Bryn Mawr College, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, FIPSE First in the World Program, and the Association of American Colleges & Universities TIDES Initiative supported the conference.

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The Blended Learning in the Liberal Arts Conference 2015 has gone mobile!

Check out the latest schedule updates, read presentations and more via our new online conference guide at

If you haven't registered, it's not too late! Click here for details.

See you at the event!

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Mellon Digital Curriculum Seed Grant Recipient Shiamin Kwa on Digital Technologies in "Everything but the Table"

In a recent article in the Bryn Mawr Campus Bulletin, Professor Shiamin Kwa talks, among other things, about the role that digital technologies play in her East Asian Languages and Cultures course, Everything But the Table: Food and Culture in East Asian Literature and Film. Kwa received funding and staff support for this course through Bryn Mawr's Mellon-funded "Developin a Liberal Arts Curriculum for the Digital Age" and the Tri-Co Mellon Creative Residencies Program. The digital assignments and collaboration embedded into this course, are by no means the only aspects of this course that students find exciting and engaging, but Kwa discusses the role they play in helping students to reflect on their objects of study in different ways. A quote from Kwa in the article sums this up: "'Making is a way of thinking,' she explains, 'and a generative one.' Read the article ...

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Zine Workshop with artist Shing Yin Khor

Zine Workshop with Artist Shing Yin Khor poster

On Wednesday, April 1st, artist Shing Yin Khor along with Professor Shiamin Kwa  hosted a Zine Workshop in the new Carpenter Media Lab in conjunction with the East Asian Language and Culture course: Everything But the Table (EALC 345). The Carpenter Media Lab was a great new space for digital collaboration as the students quickly got to work making their own zines within one hour with art supplies scattering the tables. 

Though much of Khor's work is printed or sculpted, the internet has become a gamechanger for artists like Khor. Through fundraising platforms like Patreon, artists of all kinds can create sponsorships where their fans can give monetary support in order to receive exclusive blog posts and updates as well as gifts and subscriptions. Furthermore, publishing platforms such as Issuu have made it easier to share zines and publications digitally.

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Register Now for the 2015 Blended Learning in the Liberal Arts Conference

Registration is now open for the fourth annual Blended Learning in the Liberal Arts Conference, May 20-21, 2015 at Bryn Mawr College!

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.

See our conference website for a schedule and registration, travel and accomodation information.

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Reminder: Deadline for Proposals for 2015 Blended Learning in the Liberal Arts Conference is Feb 15!

CFP: 2015 Blended Learning in the Liberal Arts Conference

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. Our 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.

We are currently seeking proposals for individual presentations, sessions, and workshops. We welcome proposals from any academic discipline, but faculty in the humanities and those who have used blended learning for open-ended and/or authentic assessment are particularly encouraged to apply.

For more information about the conference, the CFP, and to view materials from past conferences, please see our website at

The deadline for proposals is February 15, 2015. Conference registration will open on March 1.

As an added incentive, we are pleased to announce that support from the Andrew W. Mellon foundation will allow us to waive conference registration fees and provide some travel support for invited speakers.

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Our consortial FIPSE First in the World project featured in Higher Ed Impact ...

Lisa Cook explains why "you should watch this project" as part of Higher Ed Impact's "Spotlight on Innovation series. Read more ...

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Tips for Faculty Who Want to Get Started with Blended Learning

Blending a course can be daunting. Jennifer Spohrer has collected advice about how to get started that faculty have shared at the annual Blended Learning in the Liberal Arts conferences that Bryn Mawr hosts in this guest post on the Next Generation Learning Challenges blog

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