DCAL's New Associate Director of Learning Innovation

We are pleased to announce that Mike Goudzwaard has joined DCAL as the inaugural Associate Director of Learning Innovation. In this new role, Mike provides project and program management for learning initiatives within DCAL's portfolio. The focus of the position is twofold: creating and implementing an innovation framework to guide Dartmouth's advancement as a leader in liberal arts teaching and learning and managing a portfolio of past and ongoing innovation initiatives.

Mike came to DCAL after six and a half years with Dartmouth's Learning Design and Technology (LDT) team within Information, Technology, and Consulting. As a Learning Designer, he worked with faculty, students, and staff on pedagogical development and represented Dartmouth on a global scale within the educational development field. He has collaborated closely with DCAL on a number of initiatives, including co-leading DartmouthX and partnering on DCAL's Experiential Learning Initiative and Learning Fellows Program. Prior to coming to Dartmouth, Mike held a dual role as instructor and instructional designer at Keene State College. 

Mike was the lead Learning Designer on Dartmouth's Professional Certificate in C Programming series, which was recently awarded the 2019 edX Prize for Exceptional Contributions in Online Teaching and Learning. He was also a contributing member of the DELTA Summit planning team which received the inaugural Dartmouth Lone Pine Excellence Award for Innovation. In his new role, Mike has been named Co-Chair of the Dartmouth Classroom Committee, working with faculty and staff leaders to implement classroom design innovation, standards, and study. Mike has published several articles including recently, Building Demand and Reaching for Capacity, a case study in the Journal of Learning Spaces (Vol 7, No 1 (2018)) about the Berry Innovation Classroom.

Mike joined DCAL in late January 2020 and has been part of the College-wide effort to transition Dartmouth to remote teaching and learning for spring term. Within the learning innovation portfolio are both the DartmouthX (short non-credit courses on edX) and the Experiential Learning Initiative. "Experiential learning is typically hosted on campus, in our communities, and all across the globe. Our rapid shift to remote learning during the COVID-19 crisis provides new opportunities for experiential learning. I look forward to working with Dartmouth's teacher-scholars and staff educators to design these new experiences."