Faculty Collaboration and Technology in the Liberal Arts: Lessons From a Teagle Grant Program

Faculty Collaboration and Technology in the Liberal Arts: Lessons From a Teagle Grant Program

Realizing the benefits of collaboratively designed online college courses and teaching resources requires significant support from participating institutions and a backbone organization, a report from Ithaka S+R finds. The report, Faculty Collaboration and Technology in the Liberal Arts: Lessons From a Teagle Grant Program (14 pages, PDF), evaluated the Teagle Foundation's Hybrid Learning and the Residential Liberal Arts Experience program, which awarded grants to eight higher education consortia to assess whether the collaborative development of technology-enhanced educational resources can cost effectively boost the capacity of institutions to offer high-quality learning experiences. Based on faculty surveys, interviews with faculty and consortia staff, and grantee reports, the evaluation found that while instructors appreciated the insights gained from the collaboration and the challenge of incorporating technology into course creation, student enrollment in those courses was no higher than in regular courses. The report concludes that a fully staffed backbone organization with a robust infrastructure and necessary resources was needed to coordinate the efforts of institutions, and that even then institutions would not be able boost access to their course offerings via technology without broader changes, including removing administrative barriers and developing a sustainable business model for such efforts.

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