The Five College Blended Learning and Digital Humanities Program is the combination of two formerly Mellon-funded initiatives exploring the role of digital technologies in teaching and research. Our program in Digital Humanities works to develop broader awareness of the practice and potential of the digital humanities to enrich new and existing forms of scholarship. 5CollDH supports a variety of faculty- and staff-led projects, workshops for faculty and staff interested in growing their DH skills, and undergraduate research fellowships. Our program in Blended Learning works to support and encourage teaching that engages the arts, humanities, and humanistic social sciences with digital technologies. Since 2014, 5CollBL has supported more than thirty projects that combine online and in-person forms of student learning to enrich teaching and learning in liberal arts settings. The results of and the materials from these Digital Humanities and Blended Learning projects can be found in our searchable digital repository.

Blended Learning

See our classes
With more than twenty classes described in five disciplines and with digital resources ranging from single citations of relevant literatures to entire course designs in learning management systems (e.g., Moodle), 5CollBL offers both inspiration and material support to those blending their courses.

Technologies deployed
Blended learning technologies can be relatively simple or exceptionally complex, depending on the intended learning outcome. At 5CollBL we have supported more than 24 tools and platforms for enhancing courses.

Video Reflections
Following their experience of blending a course with 5CollBL, project leaders were interviewed and asked to reflect on the successes and the challenges in Blended Learning. We have curated those interviews into short videos for others to learn from these faculty experts.

Digital Humanities

Undergraduate Fellows Program
Across the Five College Consortium, undergraduate students consistently inform and inspire exciting new work in their fields. But what if their project requires technical and computational resources or expertise beyond their experience? The 5CollDH Undergraduate Fellowships offer students the opportunity to bring their interests and energy together and, with the support of faculty and the 5CollBLDH staff, to realize a unique piece of digital and humanistic research and/or artistic expression.

DH Lecture Series
Each year, the Five College Digital Humanities Speaker Series brings scholars and artists to the Five Colleges to share cutting-edge research on the intersections of digital technologies and the humanities. These talks, which are free and open to the Five College community, are an opportunity for faculty, staff, and students alike to come together and hear from some of the most influential voices working in the digital humanities today.

Microgrant Program
Sometimes, all a project needs is a little jump start. In recognition of this need, 5CollDH offers small grants on a rolling basis to support student-led projects, travel, and other scholarly initiatives.

DH Research Consultation
Given serious enough consideration, every idea will face the challenge of implementation. For DH projects the pace of both innovation and obsolescence makes realizing them even more challenging. For this reason, 5CollDH offers expert consultation with our staff and our advisory board to help faculty, students, and staff design their DH project.