Mailing List Message #113507
From: Joan K. Lippincott <>
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Subject: Academic Commons Newsletter
Date: Thu, 20 May 2010 13:16:02 -0400
I'm passing along this announcement from the editors of the Academic Commons Newsletter.  The Academic Commons is an initiative involving those interested in teaching, learning, and technology in the liberal arts college community.  There are a number of interesting studies here (see below).  Full disclosure - I am on their advisory board.
Joan Lippincott


We are excited to announce publication of the May 2010 issue of Academic Commons ( .

"Advancing Towards Liberal Arts 3.0" is available  online now. This issue marks the second installment in a new  collaboration between Academic Commons and the National Institute for Technology in the Liberal Arts (NITLE). Here you'll find profiles of innovative projects taking place on NITLE-member campuses, written by the people who made them happen.

You'll learn about:
* How librarians at five Illinois institutions worked with anthropologists to conduct an ethnographic study of undergraduate students' research processes 
* A free, online language exchange community that allows faculty to easily include target language conversation with native speakers in the classroom
* Using Second Life as a means to simulate a Plato's Cave and deepen students' understanding of the text
* How a small college in Vermont developed brought trans-national dialogues into the undergraduate curriculum and enabled their students to learn with and from students in different countries and cultures.

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