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COPLAC Digital Liberal Arts Course opportunity

With generous support from the Mellon Foundation, the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC) is now in the second semester of our Digital Liberal Arts at a Distance initiative. We will offer four courses in the spring of 2018 that are open to students at all COPLAC member institutions. These multi-campus courses will create a unique classroom experience for our students. They are team-taught -- each course is co-taught by two faculty members from different COPLAC schools. Class sessions will be synchronous, using teleconferencing technology to allow faculty to closely mentor the students, and to allow close collaboration among participating students. And finally, students will be able to experience Digital Liberal Arts -- COPLACDigital courses blend innovative pedagogies, digital tools, and the values of a public liberal arts education. The courses can be treated as independent studies on students’ home campuses, so students will receive appropriate course credit, based on their campus policies.

Attached you will find digital flyers for the courses that COPLAC is offering during the spring, 2018 semester. We invite you to nominate students for each class. We will recruit teams of two students per campus for each class, but these students need not come from the same department/major. Indeed, students from any major are eligible for these courses, so please feel free to forward these flyers to any deans, department chairs, or program directors who might wish to nominate students. We will accept unlimited nominations from faculty or administrators on your campus (students may not self-nominate), until Friday, Oct. 6, 2017. Please note that selection of students for these courses is competitive. Each nominated student will complete an application for the course, and co-teachers for each course will select student teams from the pool of applicants.  

In order to match student interest to course content, please nominate students for a specific course. You will be asked on the nomination form to select which course the student is interested in and available for (note that meeting times are listed in Eastern Time). Each nomination will need to be entered separately, but the form is brief.

Each flyer includes a link to a video introduction by the course’s instructors. Please share the videos with your students. FAQs and more information can be found on the COPLACDigital website, and students are welcome to contact COPLACDigital Program Associate Leah Tams ( with questions. Jeff and Ellen, the COPLACDigital Co-PIs, are also available to answer any questions you or your colleagues may have.

Please see attached fliers for details.

Thanks again for spreading the word about this important opportunity for our students. We look forward to welcoming your students into our virtual classrooms.


Ellen Holmes Pearson (
Jeff McClurken (  

Ellen Holmes Pearson
Department of History
University of North Carolina Asheville
CPO # 2830
Asheville, NC 28804

Dr. Doreen Sams
Faculty Coordinator MURACE
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