Under President Cassidy's leadership, beginning during her tenure as provost, Bryn Mawr has been a pioneer in blended learning in the liberal arts, bringing 40+ partner institutions together through Next Generation Learning Challenges, Mellon, Teagle, and TIDES grants to integrate online learning components into residential education across disciplines. A signature of President Cassidy's approach has been to study how well these combined online and active in-class approaches support students’ learning in STEM, humanities, social sciences, and interdisciplinary courses. Bryn Mawr hosts an annual Blended Learning Conference, bringing a now international community of faculty, educational technologists, librarians, and academic administrators together to learn from one another’s experiments and effective practices. Building on this tradition of academic innovation, we continue to develop institutional practices that foster improved learning and professional outcomes for Bryn Mawr students and alumnae/i. Bryn Mawr faculty, students, staff, and administrators also participate actively in cross-institutional collaborations as members of the Liberal Arts Consortium for Online Learning (LACOL).
Bryn Mawr’s signature Digital Competencies Program provides a map for students seeking curricular and co-curricular opportunities to gain experience and fluency with digital tools and methodologies. The digital competencies model is woven through course assignments, campus jobs, internships, independent and collaborative research projects with colleagues across campus supporting students’ reflection on and presentation of the digital competencies that they’ve developed and the ways their capabilities enable them to pursue their desired pathways beyond Bryn Mawr.
Digital scholarship encompasses a wide range of digital methods and tools, from digital mapping (GIS) to data visualization to network analysis. The digital scholarship program at Bryn Mawr serves as a hub for faculty, students, and staff pursuing collaborative projects within and across disciplines that cultivate digital proficiencies. Through this program, we equip and empower the Bryn Mawr community to make informed choices about how they will interact with, create, and critique digital technologies.
In concert with the Leadership, Innovation and Liberal Arts Center, students bring the digital skills they gain at Bryn Mawr into 21st-century careers.