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Projects

The Dartmouth Educational Technologies team actively partners with faculty, students, librarians, media production, classroom technologies, and other campus partners to coordinate a range of digital learning projects across campus. Here are some of the Dartmouth Digital Learning Initiatives currently underway:

Gateway Initiative

The goal of the Gateway Initiative is to enhance individualized learning and improved educational outcomes for students in large enrollment, entry level "gateway" courses in the Arts & Sciences.  This Initiative is the beginning of a larger effort to invest resources and attention in learning, with a current focus on supporting faculty in course redesign by matching them with dedicated teams having expertise in project management, instructional design, analytics (to aid with assessment of the effectiveness of the redesign), library resources, and intellectual property issues. In 2014-15,  Instructional Designers are supporting 4 gateway course redesigns:

  • Classical Studies 1: Antiquity Today: An Introduction to Classical Studies, Professor Paul Christesen
  • MATH 3: Introduction to Calculus, Professors Scott Pauls, Scott Andrews, Jeff Hein, and Mingzhong Cai
  • BIOL 13: Gene Expression and Inheritance, Professors Patrick Dolph, Tom Jack, and Erik Griffin
  • Russian 13: Slavic Folklore: Vampires, Witches, and Firebirds, Professors Lynn Patyk, Victoria Somoff, and Mikhail Gronas

DartmouthX

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Dartmouth joined the edX consortium, a group of the world’s leading educational institutions, in early 2014. The edX consortium, founded in 2012 by Harvard and MIT, is committed to offering, to the world, the highest quality courses through an innovative online platform. These courses are commonly known as MOOCs (massive open online courses). Each DartmouthX course is being developed by a course team. The faculty member works very closely with an Instructional Designer from the Educational Technologies group, who is familiar with the edX platform, and provides expertise on learning design and assessments. A media production specialist shoots and produces video and similar learning objects. Librarian expertise is needed to cover questions of copyright and open access. Lastly, we are also involving advanced Dartmouth students as TAs and general assistants.

The first four DartmouthX courses come from the Arts, Humanities, Sciences and Engineering. The faculty and their course topics are:

Canvas Transition

Between the fall 2013 and winter 2015 terms, the Educational Technologies team partnered with faculty in the Arts & Sciences to move all teaching and learning activity into Canvas - Dartmouth's new learning management system.

 

Canvas Progress Graph By Term
The above figure is a look at the Dartmouth Canvas transition by term.