GLCA Exploratory Conference
Program Lodging Registration Directions


Thursday, February 27, 2014

Arrival and check-in to the Haworth Inn and Conference Center.

Reception at New Holland Brewing Company, 7-9 p.m., 66 East 8th Street, Holland, MI 49423.

Friday, February 28, 2014


7:15 - 8:00 a.m. Breakfast Haworth Donnelly Room
8:00 - 8:45 a.m. Welcome

- Rick Detweiler, GLCA
- John Knapp, Hope College

Haworth Transmatic Room
8:45 - 9:45 a.m. Keynote Address:
"Hope's Foray into Online Course Territory"

- Barry Bandstra, Professor of Religion and Director of Academic Computing, Hope College

This presentation will identify critical issues related to teaching online courses at liberal arts colleges and describe the development and current practice of Hope’s summer online courses program.

Haworth Transmatic Room
9:45 - 10:00 a.m. Break  
10:00 - 11:30 a.m. Show & Tell

- (1) Selected Hope College summer online courses teaching faculty will demonstrate courses they have taught.

- (2) A panel of Hope College faculty will explore their experience in teaching summer online courses.

Paul De Young, Physics Lab
Patricia Roehling, Introduction to Psychology
Elizabeth Trembley, Writing
Haworth Transmatic Room
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Lunch Haworth Donnelly Room
12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

Address: "Technology and the Atomization of Learning"

- Ron Griggs, Vice President for Library and Information Services at Kenyon College. Library and Information Services is a merged division with responsibilities for library services, technology services, and institutional research and analysis.  A mathematician by training, Ron has served at Kenyon in various roles since 1991.

Synopsis: Technology has shattered traditional library resources into tiny units:  journals become databases of articles, books become chapters and even paragraphs or sentences.  Some trends in online education threaten to shatter the major program or even the course into tiny units of "learning" without context.  At the same time, technology offers the promise of almost unlimited flexibility to remake the course.

Haworth Transmatic Room
1:30 - 2:00 p.m. Break & Walk  
2:00 - 3:30 p.m. Breakouts/Panel Discussion

Breakouts devoted to exploring the possibilities and challenges (ideological, cultural, technical) of offering online courses at various GLCA colleges.

IT/Support: Martha Miller 159
Faculty: Martha Miller 237
3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Wrap-up

“Lightning” sessions: Focus on common interests and opportunities for collaboration among GLCA colleges that might be interested in pursuing the teaching of online courses.

Fried-Hemenway Auditorium