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NITLENational Institute for Technology & Liberal Education
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And the Texas Language Consortium is by no means the only group NITLE has helped this way.
"We did a lot of work with the iPad when it came out, using it to teach stroke-based languages like Arabic and Chinese," explains Joey King, executive director of NITLE. "With small colleges, they are hard-pressed to have all the expertise they need on staff, so we fill that gap."
Southwestern has a long history with NITLE. For the Associated Colleges of the South, we hosted one of three regional technology centers beginning in 2001; the ACS Technology Center is now part of NITLE.
We have served as a regional host campus since 2004 for NITLE staff who design and deliver professional development and networking programs for faculty, technologists, and librarians from participating campuses.
Hosting NITLE on Southwestern's campus in Central Texas places us front and center in the national conversation about technology and the future of liberal arts.
We're enthusiastic about the best-practices, real-world approach NITLE can take as part of the Southwestern community, deepening NITLE's connection to participating institutions and positioning it for even greater influence in undergraduate education.
We were genuinely interested when NITLE approached us about taking over its operations and relocating to our campus, but we really began to see the potential once we persuaded Joey King to step in as executive director.
The transition of NITLE to Southwestern has been an enormous effort, with involvement from a number of organizations, including The Mellon Foundation, Ithaka Harbors, and the university itself.
After all of the legal bridges were crossed, NITLE's move to Southwestern was announced to the public.
Once the ink was dry on the deal, King embarked on a "listening tour," meeting with as many NITLE participants as possible and getting feedback on group programs and services.