Center for Innovation in the Liberal Arts

A campus locus for conversations about learning and teaching in the liberal arts.

In recent years, there have been dramatic changes in the ways we structure knowledge, in what we have come to understand about effective teaching and learning, and in the possibilities afforded by new technologies for improving teaching and learning. The Center for Innovation in the Liberal Arts (CILA) was founded in 2000 to provide support for faculty working to meet the challenges posed by these changes. On the premise that the liberal arts colleges are ideal laboratories for pedagogical innovation and reform, CILA seeks to provide time and space for conversations and collaboration among faculty about learning, teaching and scholarship.

Coming up in CILA

Spring 2016 Faculty Lunch Conversations

Join your colleagues for a lunch discussion around interesting topics in teaching and learning. Unless otherwise noted, all lunches are in the Valhalla Dining Room, 11:45-1:15, with the main presentation and discussion planned from noon-1:00. Topics and presenters are announced by email, along with a request for RSVPs. See past topics here.

Save the Dates:

Wednesday, Feb 17. Bringing DiSCO to St. Olaf: What Can a Digital Scholarship Center Do for You?

Tuesday, Feb 23 (lunch will be at Carleton). Bridge Broadening 101: Curricular Innovations

Tuesday, March 1. Museum As Classroom: Teaching with Flaten Art Museum’s Collection

Thursday, March 10, 11:20am-12:35pm. (Sun Ballroom) – Provost’s Sabbatical Series Luncheon – Mara Benjamin and Sharon Lane-Getaz

Thursday, March 31. Communicating with Non-Academic Audiences

Friday, April 1 (Regents NW Lounge). Are we Coddling our Students’ Minds in the classroom?

Tuesday, April 5. Flying Lessons: Perspectives from the Creative Learning Community’s Co-Pilots

Tuesday, April 19

Thursday, April 28

Wednesday, March 16 (Tomson 283) – CILA OPEN HOUSE