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Davidson in Silicon Valley

Acknowledging that immersive language learning is a more effective means of mastery than non-immersion across all socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds, CS and DS faculty would like to test immersive technology learning as a strategy that gives underrepresented students a leg up in preparation for success in technology disciplines, like computer science. Faculty in CS and DS propose a semester-long, four-course credit ...more »

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Submitted by (@ansadler)

Student Data Transparency

Across campus, students are constantly being surveyed and re-surveyed, often around the same issue. Students rarely, if ever, get to see the data that is collected about them. There needs to be a centralized data hub that would allow for increased transparency and collaboration around Davidson's own data. A central database that has every survey done across campus with any publicly accessible data attached or the point ...more »

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Submitted by (@megonzalez)

JEC Semester Within

Groups of up to 4 faculty can propose to take a cohort of 30 students to a location within the United States for a semester. The overarching goal is to study a site from multiple disciplinary perspectives, with a focus on understanding how justice, equality, and community function there. Students will develop knowledge about the site that they can both turn inwards and outwards, articulating individual understandings ...more »

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Submitted by (@weraymond)

Moving from a 5-course teaching load to a 2-2+ (Two-Two-Plus) teaching load

Full-time faculty at Davidson currently teach five courses per year, three courses in one semester and two in the other. The faculty and I are very interested in learning whether we can move to a co-called "two-two-plus" workload, in which faculty would teach two courses each semester and also contribute something else to teaching (the "plus.") The "plus" could be a specified number of independent study courses, supervision ...more »

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Submitted by (@clross)

DavidsonNext AP Microeconomics Course for high school students

The DavidsonNext macroeconomics course experienced statistically significant success with one sample of high school students. A high school teacher provided feedback that 3 of his students received a perfect score on the AP macroeconomics and credited Davidson's online course as a major contributing factor. It is extremely rare to see that degree of success in one class sample (30 out of 120,000 exams). This same teacher ...more »

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Submitted by (@licombs)

Lifelong Learning Series - Digital Engagement

Develop varied series alumni, families and friends can access online. Provide varied content targeted at identified generations: "How To" series for youngest alumni with life skills presented by faculty and staff. Examples include "How to Develop a Budget", ""How to find meaningful service opportunities ", "How to Pay Off Student Loans", "How to make Chicken Parm, Commons Style", Consider short, topical "News You Need ...more »

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Submitted by (@kreshleman)

Adult Upskilling: Davidson College + edX for Lifelong Learning

Working with corporations and edX for Business, explore the creation of online learning offerings that meet the needs of individuals for social mobility as they "learn how to learn" and gain agency in a rapidly changing economy. From the World Economic Forum report on the dire need for reskilling: "As the types of skills needed in the labour market change rapidly, individual workers will have to engage in life-long learning ...more »

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Submitted by (@weraymond)

Encourage us not to "spend out" year-end operating budgetfunds

I wish to thank Cindy Hauser for a query long ago that leads to this submission. In collaboration with Ed Kania, I propose we develop incentives for budget managers who are appropriately frugal (that is, they have worked intentionally or have been fortunate to save money on their budget's full portfolio (e.g., energy costs in a particular year were lower because of weather, or a one-time supplies sale price offered ...more »

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Submitted by (@weraymond)

Visualizing Davidson's academic interdisciplinarity

For academic strategic planning, we wish to describe how we will build the faculty of the future - which we are doing right now, for tenure-track faculty we hire today may very well be here in the year 2050 and beyond. We think the faculty of the future can be built by strengthening Davidson's interdisciplinary intersections built on the foundation of strong disciplines. Our interdisciplinarity strengths may be distinctive ...more »

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Submitted by (@jashaffer)

Summer Classes

Offer a small number of academic courses during the summer for Davidson students. Course would target rising sophomores or rising juniors to meet needs that are difficult to meet during the academic year because of demand exceeds supply, or because a 'deeper focus' is useful, or to offer a specialty class/program that Davidson doesn't otherwise offer but wishes it could. Courses would be 5 weeks long (180 hours across ...more »

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Submitted by (@pasellers)

Promoting Liberal Arts Beyond Campus

The core idea is for Davidson faculty to teach small liberal arts courses online to strong high school students across the country. MIT and other universities are already trying this approach for graduate courses and programs, but no one is trying it for undergraduate/high school students. Such Davidson-taught courses could further the institution in several ways: . The courses would create another way for Davidson to ...more »

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Submitted by (@pasellers)

Create capacity to focus on Davidson's teaching strengths

A core strength of the Davidson experience is close, in-person interaction among students and faculty. How can we create more opportunities for these types of interactions? One way is to find other ways to provide students with introductory knowledge or skills, thereby freeing faculty time for more in-person interaction in higher-level courses. One such approach is to create larger classes on the introductory level; PSY ...more »