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Moravian College Selected for CIC’s Consortium for Online Humanities Instruction

College to test online teaching alternatives to traditional upper-level undergraduate courses in the humanities

ClassroomBethlehem, Pa., June 3, 2014—Moravian College was selected by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) to join its Consortium for Online Humanities Instruction. Moravian is one of 20 CIC colleges and universities that will explore the use of MOOCs and other online teaching methods as feasible alternatives to traditional upper-level undergraduate courses in the humanities.

The goals of the project are: 1) to explore how online humanities instruction can improve student learning outcomes; 2) to determine whether smaller, independent liberal arts institutions can make more effective use of their instructional resources and reduce costs through online humanities instruction; and 3) to provide an opportunity for CIC member institutions to build their capacity for online humanities instruction and share their successes with other liberal arts colleges.

“We are pleased our proposal was selected by CIC from the 96 institutions vying to participate in this project,” said Dr. Bryon L. Grigsby, Moravian College president. “Our team looks forward to gaining insight and practical experience that will not only benefit Moravian, but all colleges and universities who teach upper-level undergraduate courses in the humanities.”

A $800,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation will support the activities of the consortium. Each participating college will identify three representatives to form a team that includes the chief academic officer and two faculty members in the humanities. Each faculty member will develop an upper-level undergraduate course with substantial online content, pilot the course, revise it, and then offer it again. Institutions will collect and share data on instructional costs and student outcomes. Ithaka S+R, the nation’s leading research and consulting service for digital academic innovation, will work with each participating institution to develop the courses and conduct a comprehensive assessment of the results of the Consortium’s activities.

The work of the Consortium will begin with a national workshop in Washington, D.C., July 23–24, 2014. Two regional workshops will take place in fall 2014 and 2015, and a culminating national workshop will be held in summer 2016. For more information about the Consortium, visit www.cic.edu/OnlineHumanities.

Moravian College is a private coeducational liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college and the first to educate women. Moravian emphasizes the deliberate integration of a broad-based liberal arts curriculum with hands-on learning experiences to effectively prepare its 1,600 students, not just for jobs, but for successful careers. Moravian College excels at transforming good students into highly competent graduates that are ready to enter the workplace with confidence or shine in graduate school. Visit the Web site at www.moravian.edu.