Five College Consortium

Five College Blended Learning Initiative

About Our Program

The Five College Blended Learning Program advances student learning by combining on-line and in-person forms of student engagement. It engages faculty members in the exploration and evaluation of blended learning in liberal arts settings with support from two major grants:

  • The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation supports 8-10 pilot course development projects per year in the humanities and humanistic social sciences
  • the Teagle Foundation funds 2-3 multicampus course development projects each year in any field of the liberal arts 

Results of each project will be shared across the consortium. Two broad areas of interest will account for about half of the total number of approved projects: language learning and research methods. Our specific goals include:

  • Increasing faculty awareness of the potential of blended learning to complement and enhance face-to-face instruction in liberal arts contexts
  • Encouraging student enrollment across the Five Colleges by reducing or eliminating transportation barriers
  • Making results and blended components from funded projects available to Five College faculty members and beyond
  • Training faculty members on blended learning pedagogies and technologies 
  • Assessing student learning and engagement in a blended context

Lastly, the Five College Blended Learning Program will enter the national conversation on blended learning by disseminating results of funded projects and sharing resources across the Five Colleges and beyond through our website, public speaking engagements, and publications.