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
Extended application deadline
22 March, 2021
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: 

Georgina Blakeley

Department of Behavioural and Social Sciences, School of Human and Health Sciences, University of Huddersfield, UK

Kerry Bystrom

Bard College Berlin, Germany

Helga Dorner

Institute of Research on Adult Education and Knowledge Management, Eotvos Lorand University, Budapest, Hungary

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 the 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.