Willoughby Fellows Program


The 2009 Willoughby Fellows Program
in Teaching with Technology

Dickinson College
Sponsored by the Division of Library and Information Services
and the Division of Academic Affairs



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.  Fellows will learn about new modes of visualizing information and genres of scholarly communication, as well as pedagogical models to use of these new media in the classroom.  A cohort of fellows will be selected with equal representation from Divisions I, II, and III. Fellows will receive stipends for their participation.

The Program supports the development of courses to be taught in either Fall 2009 or Spring 2010.  Fellows will participate in a five-day Summer Institute focusing on new media and modes of scholarly communication, from blogs and wikis to podcasts and Google Earth. This institute will be followed by monthly meetings during the academic year, designed to foster collaborative learning and critical conversation among fellows as their courses are being developed and taught.  Each fellow will be assisted by an LIS course liaison who will coordinate technical support and access to resources throughout the program.  At the conclusion of the semester, fellows will publicly present a recap of their experiences.  

Applicants must submit a one page description of a specific course they plan to teach in the 2009—2010 academic year.  The course must involve students directly in the use of new media as part of required course work.  The proposal should describe the learning objectives of the course along with a statement about how technology is expected to realize them.  Proposals will be reviewed by a committee comprised of representatives from the faculty, the Division of Academic Affairs, and the Division of Library and Information Services.  A high degree of technological proficiency is not a requirement.    Applicants must be available to attend the Summer Institute and participate in the monthly meetings.