At Dickinson, even the age-old embraces the cutting edge.
In some college classrooms, a lesson about a 2,000-year-old Latin account of the Gallic War might use nothing more than a leather-bound book and a blackboard scrawled with conjugations. Not at Dickinson. Here, that text comes to life through Google Earth animations, GIS visualizations, wiki vocabulary lists and digital scholia.
Whether helping students practice a foreign language by Skyping with native speakers on the other side of the world or working with students to build an augmented reality Civil War walking tour in a history class, Dickinson faculty regularly look for innovative ways to enhance their teaching with the latest state of the art tools. Our academic technology staff ensures that faculty are not only up on the latest in high-tech, but also understand when technology truly enhances learning and when it merely distracts.
The Willoughby Institute for Blended Learning is Academic Technology's most recent Initiative. The Institute provides support for faculty to create digital assets that students can access outside of the classroom. There are no group workshops, instead each faculty member will receive individual support for their digital resource creation.
The Willoughby Fellows Program in Teaching with Technology is a year-long opportunity for Dickinson faculty to develop effective, media-rich courses. The program provides training and support to help faculty design and deliver courses that use technology to engage students in active learning.
Dickinson faculty and students harness the power of new technologies through an array of digital-humanities endeavors. Current projects include new models of textual commentary that employ digital tools for readers of Greek and Latin texts.