Lafayette ConnectEd Has Early Success

More than 60 alumni and students participated in the online pilot–Lafayette ConnectEd—a series of three one-week sessions offered in January.

President Alison Byerly, one of the nation’s most prominent thought leaders on the role of technology in higher education, pitched the idea to John O’Keefe, vice president for information technology services and chief information officer. The program was developed in partnership with faculty, research students, and instructional technologists and funded by a donation from Bill and Doris Ju P’14 through the David MC Ju Foundation.

Each course featured live sessions during which participants discussed shared reading assignments. Byerly, who taught “Fictional Worlds,” included four students in the base classroom. Videos of the online discussions are posted on the program’s website.

Tim Laquintano, assistant professor of English and assistant director of College Writing, taught “The Rise of Serious Video Games,” and Chip Nataro, professor of chemistry, offered “A Catalyst for Change.”

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