The Bowdoin Online Learning & Teaching (BOLT) team was formed to develop a framework to support faculty in the design of online courses for the fall 2020 term.

BOLT organized resources and workshops so that faculty in a wide range of fields can explore how the iPad can enhance their online teaching.

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Bowdoin’s Online Learning and Teaching (BOLT) team was constituted to implement the specific recommendations of the Continuity in Teaching and Learning Group. President Clayton Rose charged this group of faculty, staff, and students to develop a set of recommendations to enable Bowdoin to make the shift from emergency remote instruction to an intentional and well-designed online instructional program for the fall semester 2020.

These recommendations are grounded in Bowdoin’s core institutional values of equity, inclusion, and shared governance and its vision of a liberal arts education: “to cultivate students’ ability to engage competing views critically, to make principled judgments that inform their practice, and to work effectively with others as informed citizens committed to constructing a just and sustainable world.” The recommendations were also to be informed by feedback from faculty, staff, and students and by recent research on online pedagogy.

The ongoing work of the BOLT team is inspired by the CTL Group’s report as to what Bowdoin students need to SUCCEED:

  • Student-Centered Learning: Content and assessments reflect consideration of students’ needs, ideas, and aspirations.
  • Universal Design: Course materials and resources are accessible to all students.
  • Connectivity: Students have access to a stable learning environment.
  • Community: Courses build in opportunities for student collaboration and connection.
  • Equity: All students are provided the resources and instruction needed to achieve the course goals.
  • Engagement: Students are actively involved in their learning.
  • Diversity: Students are challenged with voices and viewpoints other than their own.