Colloquium Details and Information

The 2017 Austin College Digital Pedagogies Colloquium is part of the Mellon Foundation grant, “Collaborative Pedagogies for a Digital Age.” This grant, implemented in 2014, awarded some thirty AC faculty with stipends to enable them to incorporate digital practices, resources, and applications into their courses and teaching. In this third year of the grant, Austin College is hosting a two-day colloquium to recognize and disseminate the work accomplished by faculty and students, to provide an opportunity for extended conversation about learning and teaching in the digital knowledge environment, and to further develop strategies for sustaining digital pedagogies in higher education, especially in the small liberal arts context. The thirty Mellon grantees (approximately one-third of the Austin College faculty) are providing written updates of their projects and the impacts on teaching and learning at Austin College, to be posted here.

The colloquium will be held on the Austin College campus in Sherman, Texas (about an hour north of Dallas) on Friday, March 31, and Saturday, April 1. Sessions are open to all faculty, staff and students of Austin College, and to visitors and guests from other education institutions. There is no cost to attend and participate. Sessions will be held in room 231 of the Wright Campus Center. Meals (lunch and dinner each day) will be provided free of cost to attendees. Please let us know which meals you will be attending by completing the meal reservation form.

A series of interactive panel sessions will be facilitated by Amy Collier, Associate Provost for Digital Learning at Middlebury College, and Bryan Alexander, higher education researcher and futurist with BAC Consulting. The session times, themes, and panelists are as follows:

Friday, March 31

  • 10:00–11:30 am: “Digital Pedagogies @ Austin College: Findings, Concerns, Recommendations
    • Randi Tanglen, Professor of English; Director, Johnson Center for Faculty Development and Teaching Excellence
    • Garrett Hubbard, Manager of Technology Support, Information Technology
    • Barbara Cornelius, Director of Abell Library
    • Brett Boessen, Associate Professor of Media Studies, Mellon Digital Fellow
    • Mo Pelzel, Digital Pedagogy Designer

Saturday, April 1

  • 3:30–5:00 pm “Future Trends in the Digital Liberal Arts
    • With Amy Collier, Bryan Alexander, Brett Boessen, and Mo Pelzel

The colloquium will use the hashtag #ACDigPed17, with updates and live-tweeting on Twitter and on the Austin College Digital Pedagogies Facebook page.

For further information and questions, contact Mo Pelzel at or 903-813-2216.