Resources for Educators

Additional Case Studies

In addition to the case studies featured in this volume, the Associated Colleges of the South, in collaboration with the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education, has published ten additional case studies in blended learning and digital collaborations in the liberal arts.

Launching the Digital Humanities Movement at Washington and Lee University: A Case Study
Jeff Barry (Washington and Lee University), Julie Knudson (Washington and Lee University), Sara Sprenkle (Washington and Lee University),
Paul Youngman (Washington and Lee University)

Digital Projects and the First Year Seminar: Making Blended Learning Work at a Small Liberal Arts College
Pete Coco (Wheaton College), Leah Niederstadt (Wheaton College)

Broadcasting Science Writing: Media Translations in Liberal Arts Pedagogy
Andrew Fiss (Davidson College), Matthew Vest (University of Virginia)

The Professor and the Instructional Designer: A Course Design Journey
Adrienne J. Gauthier (Dartmouth College), Thomas Jack (Dartmouth College)

Blended Learning: The “Hazards & Risks
Vincent Gawronski (Birmingham-Southern College),
William Holt (Birmingham-Southern College)

The Lecture Hall as an Arena of Inquiry: Using Cinematic Lectures and Inverted Classes (CLIC)
David J. Marcey (California Lutheran University)

Combining a High Touch Vision with High Tech Practices in Teacher Education
Nakia S. Pope (Texas Wesleyan University), Carlos A. Martinez (Texas Wesleyan University), Lisa Hammonds (Texas Wesleyan University)

A Catalyst for Change: Developing a Blended Training Model for the Liberal Arts Institution
Carrie Schulz (Rollins College), Jessica Vargas (Rollins College),
Anna Lohaus (Rollins College)

Discipline-Specific Learning and Collaboration in the Wheaton College Digital History Project
Kathryn Tomasek (Wheaton College), Scott P. Hamlin (Wheaton College), Zephorene L. Stickney (Wheaton College), Megan Wheaton-Book (Wheaton College)

Teaching with Twitter: Extending the Conversation Beyond the Classroom Walls
David R. Wessner (Davidson College)


Bowen, José Antonio. Teaching Naked: How Moving Technology Out of Your College Classroom Will Improve Student Learning. Jossey-Bass, 2012.

Caufield, Jay. How to Design and Teach a Hybrid Course.: Achieving Student-Centered Learning through Blended Classroom, Online, and Experiential Activities. Stylus Publishing. 2011.

Davidson, C.N. and Goldberg, David Theo. The Future of Learning Institutions in a Digital Age. MIT Press, 2009.

Fink, L. Dee. Creating Significant Learning Experiences: An Integrated Approach to Creating College Courses, Revised and Updated. Wiley, 2013.

Garrison, Randy and Vaughan, Norman D. Blended Learning in Higher Education: Framework, Principles, and Guidelines. Jossey-Bass, 2007.

Glazer, Francine S. Blended Learning: Across the Disciplines, Across the Academy. Stylus, 2012.

Kamenetz, Anya. DIY U: Edupunks, Edupreneurs, and the Coming Transformation of Higher Education. Chelsea Green, 2010.

Nanfito, Michael. MOOCs: Opportunities, Impacts, and Challenges Massive Open Online Courses in Colleges and Universities. Available as e-book only:

Online Education: More Than MOOCs. A selection of Inside Higher Ed articles and essays. December 2013.

Persellin, Diane Cummings and Mary Blythe Daniels. A Concise Guide to Improving Student Learning: Six Evidence-Based Principles and How to Apply Them. Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing. 2014.

Picciano, Athony G., Dziuban, Charles D., and Charles R. Graham (Eds). Blended Learning: Research Perspectives. Volume 2. Routledge, 2013.


Dahlstrom, Eden; Walder, J.D.; Dziuban, Charles; and Morgan, Glenda. ECAR Study of Undergraduate Students and Information Technology. Educause Center for Analysis and Research, 2013.

Means, Barbara; Toyama, Yuki; Murphy, Robert; Bakia, Marianne; and Jones, Karla. Evaluation of Evidence-Based Practices in Online Learning: A Meta-Analysis and Review of Online Learning Studies. Center for Technology in Learning, U.S. Department of Education, September 2010.


7 Things You Should Know About

A searchable database of brief reports on emerging technologies and practices from Educause, one of the leading organizations in technology in higher education.

The Academic Commons

A publication and networking platform from the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education. The Academic Commons hosts Transformations, a web publication with case studies and articles on technology in liberal arts education.

Blended Learning Toolkit

A resource developed by the University of Central Florida, including effective practices, evaluation resources, and model courses in blended learning.

How to Redesign a College Course Using NCAT’s Methodology

A step-by-step guide to redesigning courses for blended delivery, designed for faculty and administrators by the National Center for Academic Transformation (published in 2014).

Online Educational Resource Collections

Multimedia Educational Repository for Learning Online Teaching (MERLOT II)

MERLOT is a free and open online community of resources designed primarily for faculty, staff and students of higher education from around the world to share their learning materials and pedagogy.  MERLOT is a leading edge, user-centered, collection of peer-reviewed higher education, online learning materials, catalogued by registered members and a set of faculty development support services. Sponsored by the California State University System.

Open Learning Initiative

OLI is a grant-funded group at Carnegie Mellon University which offers a variety of free online courses for use by teachers, classes, and individual learners, as well as a platform for building courses. Courses form the basis for OLI’s systematic study of online learning.



A non-profit organization providing research, community building, and professional development for IT leaders and faculty in higher education.

National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education

An organization helping liberal arts colleges integrate inquiry, pedagogy, and technology through web-based seminars, publications, and subject area specialists.

Digital Collaborations in Liberal Arts Consortia

Associated Colleges of the Midwest’s Online Learning Project

The ACM’s Online Learning Project is designed to explore the ways in which online learning could be used to enhance the educational missions of small, residential liberal arts institutions. The ACM recently launched a successful online summer course in Applied Calculus.

Next Generation Learning Challenge at Bryn Mawr College

This site hosts Bryn Mawr College’s program in blended learning, which works in collaboration with nearly 40 other liberal arts colleges to develop and assess new blended courses in liberal arts classrooms.

Five College Digital Humanities

With support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Five College consortium recently launched an inter-institutional initiative to support digital scholarship in the humanities and social sciences.

Great Lakes Colleges Association’s Global Liberal Arts Alliance

The Great Lakes Colleges Association hosts a consortium of 27 liberal arts colleges worldwide who work together to exchange knowledge, expertise, and experience. A highlight is the Global Course Connections Project, which facilitates direct exchange between students and faculty in participating schools.


Since 1999, the Sunoikisis consortium of classics programs has offered shared courses in Latin and Greek, as well as other academic enrichment opportunities, for students at member institutions across the nation. Originally a program of the Associated Colleges of the South, Sunoikisis is now housed at Harvard University’s Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington, D.C.

Texas Language Consortium

The Texas Language Consortium includes five liberal arts colleges in Texas (Schreiner University, Texas Lutheran University, Lubbock Christian University, Concordia University, and Texas Wesleyan University) that offer synchronous language courses via videoconference to students at all member institutions. Languages include French, Spanish, German, Portuguese, and Mandarin.


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