The Library is Open: Keynote for the 2018 Pennsylvania Library Association Conference

Good afternoon! A note about accessibility before I begin. If you would like to follow along with the written version of this talk, you can visit http://bit.ly/palakeynote. That link will also have the images on the slide deck with embedded descriptions for your screen reader, and the embedded video has closed captions.   I was Read More …

Facebook: Delete and Stay

So I deactivated my Facebook a few months ago to enjoy a more distraction-free sabbatical, and there wasn’t really a minute where I missed it. I considered deleting it this week for a few reasons. The company’s ethics are crap, they have insidious practices related to data mining and privacy, and the way they ensnare Read More …

Open Assessment: The Parable of the Scorpion, with Jess Mitchell

Today, I participated in a Virtually Connecting session featuring some great folks, including Jess Mitchell, one of the keynote speakers from this year’s Open Education conference in Niagara Falls. I was so struck by her answer to a question by Hal Plotkin about what assessment could look like from an “open” perspective that I transcribed Read More …

Open Pedagogy at the Program Level: The #PlymouthIDS Case Study

For the last several months, I’ve wanted to write something to document the remarkable experience I have had being a part of the Interdisciplinary Studies program here at Plymouth State University. I keep waiting to have the time to do justice to the richness of this experience, but it’s clear that uninterrupted time like that Read More …

Extreme Makeover: Pedagogy Edition

In this post, I am going to describe #Opensem, an Open-Pedagogy-powered First-Year Seminar (FYS) that I taught this past Fall at my small, public university in New Hampshire. While following certain parameters set by the university regarding learning outcomes and goals for the FYS program, I ran the course as an experiment in radical OpenPed. Read More …

“Open” for the Public: Using Open Education to Build a Case for Public Higher Ed

In October 2016, I was invited to give an Ignite Talk at the Digital Media and Learning conference at UC-Irvine. ¬†Ignite Talks are exactly five minutes long, with twenty slides that auto-advance every fifteen seconds. For those who prefer a text version, here are the slides with the transcript (or the transcript of what I Read More …

Our Changing University: Interdisciplinary Students Share Ideas

This is a guest post by the following writers, all of whom are undergraduate students enrolled in “Introduction to Interdisciplinary Studies” at Plymouth State University. The university is currently restructuring itself around interdisciplinary clusters, so I asked these students to weigh in, and offer their most informed ideas, questions, and critiques as the university embarks Read More …