The Great Lakes Colleges Association (GLCA) and its partner institutions of the Global Liberal Arts Alliance (GLAA) have established a multi-national Consortium for Teaching and Learning (http://glcateachlearn.org). We conceive this consortial program not as a physical place but as a series of interactive engagements involving communities of faculty with demonstrated commitment to improving teaching and learning within their own and other liberal arts colleges.
The goal of the GLCA-GLAA Consortium for Teaching and Learning is to provide resources and services in support of effective pedagogy to small colleges as a collective – whether to enhance the resources an established campus center can offer, or to meet basic needs of colleges with fewer means. The Consortium will provide a depth and range of resources and programs at a level unattainable by any one campus. It seeks to help to stimulate thinking and foster new approaches to teaching undergraduates in liberal arts colleges by providing access to information and thoughtful colleagues from the U.S. and other nations. This consortial teaching and learning program will also encourage deeper engagement in pedagogy by providing opportunities for home-campus faculty to present and engage with faculty of other institutions in consortial events hosted in both digital and face-to-face venues.
Goals and Actions of the Consortium
The goals of the GLCA-GLAA Consortium for Teaching and Learning are to:
• Host periodic convenings of faculty groups that focus on salient topics of pedagogy and learning;
• Produce and disseminate a range of resources to inform liberal arts teaching and learning within and across disciplines; and,
• Expand the community of interest and foster engaged thinking and dialogue on matters of teaching and learning across colleges of the GLCA and the GLAA.
• Provide access to knowledgeable teaching consultants across participating colleges;
The Consortium for Teaching and Learning will provide a range of resources and activities which respond to the four goals of this project, including:
Publication through its web site of essays, articles, reviews of research, and other written reflections on topics that pertain to teaching well and promoting effective student learning in liberal arts disciplines.
Webinars. Consortial faculty discussions hosted through a web platform, addressing a topic of broad interest regarding pedagogy and learning.
Pedagogy Research Projects. The GLCA-GLAA Consortium for Teaching and Learning will provide support for individual, proposal-based, peer-reviewed faculty research projects that compare learning results from an alternative pedagogy (which applies principles from cognitive research on how learning occurs) to a more common or familiar approach in a particular course or unit.
Virtual "brown bag lunches": Informal events typically linking two to four campuses held by video conferencing for presentation/discussion of particular pedagogies or teaching opportunities and challenges.
Campus Facilitation/Presentation Visits. These will be in the mode of our earlier Campus Colloquies in which two visiting Teagle Pedagogy Fellows facilitate a discussion of challenges facing a given college in the realm of teaching and learning. Another instance of a campus visit can be of two faculty members traveling to a different college to present and facilitate discussion on a particular topic such as fostering interdisciplinary teaching, the use of portfolios in the assessment of learning, etc.
Fellow Individual Consultations. Part of the work of the center in each year is to respond to individual inquiries we receive about teaching from faculty members of our colleges.
Learning Communities. The program's most recent initiative is the creation of Learning Communities -- multi-campus thinking/discussion groups whose faculty members share an interest in a particular aspect of higher education and of liberal arts colleges. Click here to read an essay on this topic on the Consortium web site.
Our ultimate goal for the GLCA-GLAA Consortium for Teaching and Learning is to emerge as an international model of how colleges can collaborate to create a shared approach to supporting high-quality teaching and learning at participating campuses. In accomplishing this we believe we will also make a contribution to the reputation of the Teagle Foundation as a principal supporter of actions that enrich the quality of teaching, learning, and faculty professional development at liberal arts colleges.
To access the web site of the Consortium for Teaching and Learning, click here.
To see a list of titles and authors who have published entries to the GLCA/GLAA web site, click here. This list includes URLs for accessing individual articles on the site.
For more information contact:
Gregory Wegner, Director of Program Development
Great Lakes Colleges Association