Nancy AarsvoldWelcome!

After teaching in the Norwegian Department for 15 years, I started a new job as the Assistant Director of Instructional Technology at St. Olaf College in 2011.  In this position, my main responsibility is to enhance teaching, learning, and scholarship at the college by helping faculty, staff, and students integrate innovative technologies with effective pedagogical and research practices.  The instructional technology team works closely with the other IT groups, the reference librarians, and the Center for Innovation in the Liberal Arts (CILA). Some of my priorities for the 2013-14 academic year are:

    • developing a coordinated team of IT staff, librarians, and faculty to provide leadership and support for the “Digital Humanities on the Hill” project, a four-year grant funded by the Mellon Foundation.
    • creating a variety of professional development and training opportunities for the St. Olaf community, including summer institutes, learning communities, showcase events, workshops, open labs (MTWTh, 3-5 p.m.), and one-on-one consultations.
    • expanding online training materials by creating online documentation in a variety of formats for learning about instructional technologies.
    • overseeing the IT staff liaison program for academic departments.
    • expanding the Intersections IT and Library Blog and using Twitter to enhance communication with the campus community.

bryggen Previously, I taught Norwegian language and culture for over 25 years, first at the University of Minnesota, then at Augsburg College, and from 1995 to 2011 at St. Olaf College. I taught courses in beginning, intermediate, and advanced Norwegian as well as in English composition. With interests in second language pedagogy, instructional design, and online learning, I have been active in developing materials for Norwegian language learners for her entire teaching career.