The Dartmouth Center for the Advancement of Learning (DCAL) Fellowship Committee has chosen and Provost Barry Scherr has appointed two DCAL fellows for the 2007-2008 academic year. Ivy Schweitzer, professor of English and women's and gender studies and Douglas Moody, lecturer in Spanish and Portuguese will enjoy DCAL Fellowships next year.
DCAL Fellows enjoy a reduced teaching load to allow them time to develop important new tools for learning at Dartmouth. They will also receive intensive support from the library and academic computing in support of their projects.
Ivy Schweitzer will work with college archivist Peter Carini and web designer Sarah Horton to build a website that will make hundreds of pages of manuscript materials written and owned by Samson Occom easily available to students and researchers. For some years now Professor Schweitzer has included study of Occom's archive in English 39, Early American Literature, and has invited students to do original research using the Occom papers in the Rauner Special Collections Library. In the past her class was small enough to meet in a Rauner seminar room where the valuable non-circulating materials are housed, but the course is now too large. A website devoted to the Occom archive at Dartmouth will not only make access to the material easier for students and researchers around the world, but will allow the diaries, letters, sermons and other materials to be placed in historical context for users.
Samson Occom of the Mohegan nation studied with Eleazar Wheelock, Dartmouth's founder, at Wheelock's "Lattin school" in Lebanon, Connecticut from 1743 until 1747 after which he served as a teacher and missionary to Indian tribes in New England and Long Island. He was ordained a Presbyterian minister in 1759 and in 1766 he traveled to England and Scotland to raise money for Wheelock's Indian charity school. Drawing large crowds wherever he went, Occom raised over twelve thousand pounds, two hundred from King George III and fifty guineas from William Legge, Earl of Dartmouth. Boosted by Occom's fundraising success, Wheelock eventually moved his school to Hanover New Hampshire where it was chartered as Dartmouth College. Occom eventually severed his relationship with his teacher in part because Wheelock put the funds he raised in Britain toward establishing Dartmouth College for the education of Englishmen rather than of Native Americans.
Douglas Moody, with the help of Susan Simon in academic computing and Tom Luxon, director of DCAL, will build a pilot tele-collaboration network to serve the five Language Study Abroad (LSAs) and three Foreign Study Programs (FSPs) offered by the department of Spanish and Portuguese. Moody has dubbed his project the Keypals Tele-collaborative Exchange Program (KETEP); its goal is to provide Dartmouth students opportunities to interact with their peers in Spain, Mexico, Argentina and Brazil before, during and after their LSA and FSP experiences. They will do this using a variety of newly available telecommunications tools including video-conferences, instant message text/video/voice chats and Skype. Currently most students planning to study abroad learn about their host country from professors, printed material and orientation sessions. Moody wants to put Dartmouth students in touch with their Spanish and Latin American peers before they leave the US so that they begin their time abroad with an already-established community of peers. Too often Dartmouth students live and study in a kind of Dartmouth bubble while abroad because, faced with the challenges of living abroad, they quite naturally develop a community amongst themselves. Moody hopes that more students will arrive in Madrid or Puebla having already established a network of Spanish or Mexican friends and that they will learn more about their host institutions and countries from them rather than from professors and orientation materials. He also hopes that such friendships, initiated by telecommunication and deepened over LSAs and FSPs, will persist after the study abroad program fostering deep intercultural understanding over long periods of time. Moody has pioneered the use of teleconferences for teaching at Dartmouth. While he was a Fulbright Scholar in 2006, he promoted the use of asynchronous and synchronous telecommunication tools to bring students in Mexico into close communication with Dartmouth students. He frequently holds classes in the DCAL Teaching Center so that he can allow his students to meet with classes of students from Mexico via DCAL teleconference system.
Last Updated: 9/17/08