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 Consortiuim for Teaching and Learning are to:
• Provide access to knowledgeable teaching consultants across participating colleges;
• Host periodic convenings of faculty groups that focus on salient topics of pedagogy and learning;
• Produce 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.
The Consortium for Teaching and Learning will provide a range of resources and activities which respond to the four goals of this project, icluding:
Essays for Action. These are major statements of 1,500 to 2,000 words, each addressing a topic of teaching and learning that is known to be of interest or concern to faculty of our member colleges.
Article of the Week. Short, reflective pieces of 500 to 1200 words, written by faculty of participating coilleges, discussing aspects of liberal arts pedagogy and learning, distributed by e-mail notifications on individual campuses and posted on the Consortium's web site.
Research Annotations. A continually updated collection of research annotations for inclusion on our consortial center web site, written by Pedagogy Fellows and other associates of our Consortium as pieces that GLCA-GLAA faculty members can consult for insights on particular elements of pedagogy and learning from the most salient research.
Compilation of Teaching-Learning Resources. The Consortium will create a database of published information available from GLCA-GLAA campuses as well as from other sources (e.g., links to other teaching and learning centers, disciplinary teaching resources).
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 five 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.
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.
For more information contact
Gregory Wegner, Director of Program Development
Great Lakes Colleges Association