In 2011, the Next Generation Learning Challenges initiative awarded Bryn Mawr College a $250,000 grant to study blended learning as a means of improving student learning outcomes in gateway courses at liberal arts colleges. Prior research had shown that blended learning strongly correlated with improved student learning outcomes and with increased faculty and student satisfaction at large universities and community colleges, but it was unclear whether blended learning would function similarly in the smaller, more intimate setting of a residential liberal arts college. To test this, Bryn Mawr College faculty and faculty from 25 partner colleges designed and taught blended learning courses in a wide variety of disciplines in AYs 2011-2012 and 2012-2013, and the Provost’s Office collected and analyzed attitudinal and student performance data to determine their impact, and our findings are reported here. The grant also supported the development of an annual conference and web forum where faculty and instructional technology staff can exchange information about materials, techniques, research and experiences related to blended learning in a liberal arts context.
Blended Learning in the Liberal Arts Conference
Thanks to everyone who made the 2013 Blended Learning in the Liberal Arts Conference a huge success. We had almost 100 registered guests from over 30 institutions around the country, and many additional drop-ins from the Tri-College Community. If you missed this year’s event, speaker presentations and slides are archived on the conference website. The 2014 Blended Learning in the Liberal Arts Conference is tentatively scheduled for 20-21 May. Details and a call for proposals will be posted in December 2013.
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Interested in Developing a Blended Course?
- The “Blended Courses We’ve Developed” section of this website has information on the courses developed for this study, along with links to syllabi and materials used.
- Check out our Blended Learning in the Liberal Arts blog for reviews of online resources, advice for getting started, pedagogy, and more.