Mellon Innovative Digital Pedagogies Projects

Three rounds of grants have been awarded between 2012 and 2015. Faculty participants are engaged in their implementation and assessment plans, are in collaboration with academic-support staff of the Digital Learning Team, and will formally report on the advantages, disadvantages, and overall feasibility of the digital pedagogies they employed. These requirements position front and center the need to not only assess learning outcomes but also articulate related best practices for others to follow.

The projects are designed to explore digital pedagogies and new technologies that have potential to enhance student learning within the context of the face-to-face learning that is at the core of our liberal arts pedagogy.

New technologies and pedagogies can enable learning beyond the classroom in additional physical and virtual environments, and facilitate the sharing of information asynchronously. This can free up class time for interactive analysis and in-depth exploration of material and develop students’ skills with cutting edge tools for finding, analyzing, and presenting ideas.

Round 1

Eleven curricular-development projects, funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, are being overseen by a collaboration of the Office of the Provost and the Digital Learning Team.

Round 2

Four proposals, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, incorporated small teams of individuals from the same departments/programs or crossing departments and programs.

Round 3

Several faculty members participated in workshops and discussions, facilitated by Robert Beutner of the Digital Learning Team, designed to introduce strategies for the classroom integration of spatial thinking and geo-spatial tools.


Preparing Students to Lead Lives of Consequence.