Jarrett Azar of Fogelsville is a member of the digital learning assistants team at Muhlenberg College, Allentown.
The digital learning assistants partner with faculty and students to advance technological use on campus.
Led by Instructional Design Consultant Jenna Azar, trained DLAs offer guidance to their fellow students through individual and small group drop-in sessions or partner with faculty during in-class time to help introduce digital technologies, tools, and practices in courses and programs.
DLAs work closely with educators to support and build digital learning projects, workshops and tutorials.
Their initiatives explore the uses of technology as resources for cultivating student voice and agency in their learning, fostering rich and meaningful interaction, and amplifying the integrative, authentic learning that is valued as a liberal arts college.
For the past several years, Lora Taub-Pervizpour, professor of media and communication and dean of digital learning, has provided leadership to the cross-departmental digital learning team.
In an article about institutional innovation, “Inside Higher Ed” highlighted the college’s efforts to expand digital learning-while remaining deeply rooted in the liberal arts and emphasizing close collaboration between students and professors.
“The Chronicle of Higher Education” featured the digital learning team as well, citing the faculty-to-faculty mentoring and training program used by Muhlenberg educators as they create online versions of their courses.