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 …

Thoughts from an Interdisciplinary Starting Gate

Introduction Recently, my public university announced its intention to begin a large-scale interdisciplinary initiative focused around clusters.  As part of the initial phases of the planning, the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning asked a variety of faculty members with interest/experience in interdisciplinarity to contribute a “a one-page document that synthesizes and distills information Read More …

Reflections on Going Interdisciplinary

by Robin DeRosa, Professor of English & Interdisciplinary Studies & Danielle Marie Carkin, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice Today at our annual start-of-school meeting for faculty and staff, our new president announced plans to transform our small, regional university into an interdisciplinary institution centered around the ideas of clusters and open labs.  We represent two Read More …

My Go-to Sites for Open Access & OER Info

I was going through my bookmarks related to Open Educational Resources (OER) and Open Access, deleting some and organizing others into groups, and it occurred to me that maybe other folks would like to take a look at this annotated list of reference sites that I keep at hand to help me when I have to make presentations on these topics. This is not an exhaustive list of links, but just the ones that I am finding I return to the most often for basic background info on all things open. Read More …

Student-Centered in an Open World

At my university, we use the phrase “student-centered” all the time.  Sometimes it’s in non-controversial ways (mostly we all agree that collaborative classrooms are student-centered, that internships and experiential learning opportunities are student-centered, that thinking of how policies will impact actual students is student-centered).  Other times, we don’t seem to have consensus about what it Read More …

What Does Campaign Finance Have to Do With Open Access to Education?

Just left Lawrence Lessig‘s keynote talk “Walking While Chewing Gum” here at OpenEd14. It was inspiring, and I found myself reevaluating my goals as an academic in much the same way as I did after hearing Cable Green speak at my home university recently.  Both Lessig and Green are Creative Commons guys, leaders in the Read More …

Practical Examples for Plymouth State University

Here are some practical ideas to go with the more theoretical vision I laid out in my 2014 talk at Plymouth State University, “Rethinking Student Engagement.” How can we reintegrate knowledge so that the historically constructed boundaries between fields can be made porous? Develop cooperative templated majors that partner multiple departments together, which students could Read More …

Rethinking “Student Engagement”

Faculty Day 2014, Plymouth State University Robin DeRosa If I have a guiding principle in my own pedagogy and scholarship, it’s probably related to the idea that the question on the table usually masks conflicting and more compelling questions underneath. I always value it when a student undermines one of my well-intentioned assignments because she’s Read More …