The Center regularly hosts think tanks that bring leading scholars to Elon to synthesize research and good practices in undergraduate education. CEL Think Tanks support short-term, collaborative projects with 10-15 participants.

Residential Learning Communities – July 2015

In July 2015, the Center hosted a think tank on residential learning communities. Jon Dooley and Peter Felten from Elon will facilitate the think tank, and participants will be Mimi Benjamin (IUP), Jeffrey Coker (Elon), Ashley Finley (AAC&U), Karen Inkelas (University of Virginia), Jody Jessup-Anger (Marquette University), Jillian Kinzie (Indiana University), Jessie L. Moore (Elon), Jill Stratton (Washington University), William Sullivan (Center for Inquiry in the Liberal Arts, Wabash College), Frank Wcislo (Vanderbilt University), and Lori White (Southern Methodist University).

As part of the preparation for this think tank, the Center created a set of resources on learning communities.

Questions about the Residential Learning Communities think tank should be directed to Peter Felten.

Arts & Humanities Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) – August 2014

In August 2014, the Center hosted a think tank that brought influential SoTL scholars in the arts and humanities to Elon’s campus to talk together about methodological questions. A 2016 special issue of the journal Teaching and Learning Inquiry will feature articles that emerged from this think tank, and a new series of CEL videos makes this scholarly work more widely accessible.

Think Tank participants included  Nancy Chick (Vanderbilt University/University of Calgary), Susan Conkling (Boston University), Sherry Linkon (Georgetown University), Karen Manarin (Mount Royal University), Kathleen Perkins (Columbia College-Chicago), and Stephen Bloch-Schulman (Elon).

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