Educational technology, Instructional design, Liberal arts pedagogy, Online pedagogy, Participatory pedagogy

Co-funded by the Open Society University Network (OSUN). In cooperation with the Institute for Writing and Thinking, Bard College, USA.



Course date

12 July - 16 July, 2021
Application for this course is closed.
Course Director(s): 

Erica Kaufman

Institute for Writing and Thinking, Bard College, Annadale, USA

Mariia Laktionkina

Academic Department of Humanities and Arts, European Humanities University, Vilnius, Lithuania
Course Faculty: 

Kerry Bystrom

Bard College Berlin, Germany

Michael Kozakowski

Center for Teaching and Learning, CEU, Budapest, Hungary

Natalia Mikhailova 

Academic Department of Humanities and Arts, European Humanities University, Vilnius, Lithuania

Michelle Murray

Globalization and International Affairs Program, Bard College, Annandale on Hudson, USA

Kseniya Shtalenkova

Academic Department of Humanities and Arts, European Humanities University, Vilnius, Lithuania
This course offers participants the opportunity to learn about and experience an instructional design approach specific to the kinds of pedagogies that are a hallmark of Liberal Arts and Sciences education. Participants will engage in course and skills-building activities designed specifically with engaged and writing-rich pedagogies in mind. The course also aims to bring together colleagues from across the OSUN network institutions in an effort to foster collaboration across campuses and begin conversations that might continue through joint course offerings and faculty-led initiatives.
The course will focus primarily on courses in humanities and social sciences, providing the instruments for transferring these courses into a blended / hybrid / online learning environment. The instructors will provide presentations on the strategies to arrange network cross-campus courses, including the use of video-conferences, online platforms and other tools for synchronous and asynchronous modes of teaching and learning while working simultaneously across several campuses.
The assignments proposed during the course will be focused on various aspects of blended / hybrid / online modes of teaching and learning, such as networking across campuses, online course administration, online techniques for reading and writing assignments, soft skills and emotional intelligence in the online environment, psycho-social support in online learning, synchronous and asynchronous teaching and learning, online mentoring (see the detailed description in the “Key Topics” section). The course will explore the ways to build academic cross-campus partnerships as well as the practices to engage the communities around the academic core in order to promote the accessibility of knowledge and foster social inclusion among students.
The course will include the resources of the Center for Teaching and Learning at Central European University utilizing their extensive expertise in online perspectives of teaching and learning and in emerging technologies of engaging learning experiences in higher education. The Center’s faculty will bring in the methodology from their many workshops on instructional design and will collaborate on creating new frameworks for OSUN connected learning communities of practice.

Online course format


Time zones: 8 а.m. EST / 2 p.m. CEST

The expected time commitment per day: 3 hrsThe current plan of the sessions:
July 12, 2021 (Mon): Networking across campuses in designing and delivering joint courses 
Instructors: Mariia Laktionkina, Michelle Murray
July 13, 2021 (Tue): Online course administration 
Instructor: Kseniya Shtalenkova 
July 14, 2021 (Wed): Writing To Read and Writing to Learn Online
Instructor: Erica Kaufman
July 15, 2021 (Thu): Creating a learning and collaborative environment developing soft skills and emotional intelligence; Psycho-social support dimensions in online learning
Instructors: Natalia Mikhailova, Kerry Bystrom
July 16, 2021 (Fri): Online mentoring and supervisory practices 
Instructors: Helga Dorner, Michael Kozakowski
Our course will combine asynchronous elements and synchronous sessions. We will be using Zoom for synchronous sessions and Padlet for all course-related activities.