Course Sharing Symposium at Columbia

Course Sharing for Sustainable Programs Symposium

Friday and Saturday, April 14 and 15, 2017 at Columbia University in New York City

Everybody is welcome to attend for free! Please  RSVP here.

Course Sharing for Sustainable Programs Webpage

Course Sharing for Sustainable Programs is a two-day symposium that brings together administrators and language professionals from across the country to discuss emerging models of course sharing and curricular collaboration. These models offer expanded learning opportunities to students, as well new paths to institutional viability and sustainability for a wide range of programs. Although the symposium focuses primarily on the teaching of languages, it also showcases a number of projects that promote multi-institutional collaborative partnerships in other disciplines. In every case, due consideration will be accorded to the full range of administrative, pedagogical, and technological factors that shape each particular collaborative environment, as there are specific benefits and challenges that must be considered in order to select an appropriate model for a given context (from the CS webpage).

The symposium website also provides links to the various institutions in course sharing partnerships and their initiatives. For example, you will learn about the Columbia, Yale, Cornell partnership and how together they can offer many lesser-taught languages with new technologies that one institution alone could not provide.

As director of the Great Lakes Colleges Association Crossroads Shared Languages Program for GLCA’s 13 consortial institutions, I will be presenting on our four-year long pilot project that aims to address the issue of upper-level under-enrolled language courses as well as broadening the course offerings for lesser-taught languages. We currently have courses in Arabic and German in collaboration with Allegheny, Hope, Earlham, and Denison. This fall, we will offer another palette of engaging courses.

This symposium is supported by a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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