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 »
- Enhancing the Student Experience,
- Program & Process Improvements,
- Future of the Liberal Arts, and
- New Revenue.
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 »
At the Union Cafe, the lines to order cooked food are often very long. In addition, customers must submit their orders by writing them on paper forms. A more efficient approach would be to create an online ordering form. That way, customers could place orders from anywhere on campus and then come to the Cafe when the order is ready. Students have pushed for this change for several years, but with no success.
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 »
Offer non-credit course(s) or a series of workshops that teach basic computer programming skills. These would be optional for students and available at no additional charge on top of normal course load. Specifically designed to help all Davidson students (regardless of major or field they are looking to pursue) to skill up in basic programming/tech/coding skills (which are increasingly demanded by potential employers). ...more »
A group of faculty, staff, and alums (including Board members) is hoping to advance an idea we have discussed for several years, namely building on our existing strength in policy studies and engagement with the policy world to develop a more expansive and structured set of curricular, co-curricular, and extra-curricular programs related to policy studies. This idea is in early stages and we are first convening a small ...more »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »