National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education
The National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education (NITLE) is a "community-based, non-profit initiative" to "help liberal arts colleges and universities integrate inquiry, pedagogy, and technology". It was established in September 2001.
Its stated mission is to catalyze "innovative teaching in order to enrich and advance liberal education in the digital age." The initiative provides programs and services that promote inter-institutional collaboration and innovative uses of technology at small, undergraduate-centered, residential colleges and universities.
NITLE was established in September, 2001, through a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The original charge of this grant-funded initiative was to stimulate collaboration between selected liberal arts colleges and to act as a catalyst for the effective integration of emerging and newer digital technologies into teaching, learning, scholarship, and information management at those colleges.
In January, 2006, NITLE reorganized under Ithaka, bringing together and merging with three other Mellon-funded instructional technology initiatives: the Center for Educational Technology at Middlebury College, the Associated Colleges of the South Technology Center, and the Midwest Instructional Technology Center (associated with the Great Lakes Colleges Association and the Associated Colleges of the Midwest). The reorganization merged NITLE and the three regional technology centers into a unified, national initiative for providing instructional technology programs for providers of liberal education in the United States. The reformed organization continues to receive grant support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Core program areas
The organization delivers a methodology that provides colleges and institutions with the traction they need to move forward to meet stated strategic collaboration objectives. The program engages targeted groups of institutions that have already identified – or are actively in the process of identifying—shared needs and objectives, and complementary strengths. The methodology guides participants through the process of identifying how to maximize the benefits of partnerships by using collaborative processes and tools to achieve specifically defined common objectives.
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