IS2220: Course Schedule

1/30/17 Meet in Lamson 124

Bring a laptop to class if you have one! If you don’t have one, you will check one out for free at the Lamson Library circulation desk (bring your student ID).

  • In class: we will talk about “connected learning” and “open education.”
  • In class: we will talk about “Interdisciplinary Studies.”
  • In class: we will try to get you using Google Chrome as your browser, if it’s available to you.
  • In class: we will make sure you are a registered IDS major.
  • In class: we will make sure you are a member of the Facebook group if you are on Facebook.
  • In class, we will help you add a bookmark for our course spreadsheet.
  • In class: we will hook you up on Twitter (our program hashtag is #PlymouthIDS; our program account is @PlymouthIDS; my Twitter handle is @actualham).
  • In class: we will hook you up with a account.
  • In class, we will begin to set up your new domain on PlymouthCreate. Click here for instructions. (If you already have a fully operational website, see me for permission to forego the new domain.)
  • In class, we will discuss the Interview assignment.
  • IDS Open Hours are Sundays from 6-9pm and Mondays from 6-9pm in Lamson 003. Make sure you visit to get assistance when you need it!
  • The IDS office is open Sundays 3-6pm, Mondays 8:30am-9pm, and Tuesdays through Thursdays 8:30am-5pm. You can get help there, as well!


  • Email a professor and get an interview meeting set up for this week (the week of the 6th)!
  • Bring a laptop to class every time we meet!
  • Read Gregorian: “Colleges Must Reconstruct the Unity of Knowledge“. Livetweet the reading OR tweet about your reactions to it when you’re done reading. Use the course hashtag #IDSintro.
  • Read Watters: The Web We Need to Give Students.” Annotate with H. Livetweet the reading OR tweet about your reactions to it when you’re done reading. Use the course hashtag #IDSintro.
  • Read Rikard: “Do I Own My Domain if You Grade It?” Annotate with H. Livetweet the reading OR tweet about your reactions to it when you’re done reading.Use the course hashtags, #IDSintro.

(The hashtags were getting kind of cluttered up, so just let’s use #IDSintro for our course. You can use/check #PlymouthIDS for general interdisciplinary news and announcements. Try to open a column for each on your Tweetdeck!)

  • Edit your ABOUT Page on your ePort.  Add an image!
  • Play around with Header Images and Themes on your ePort until you like what you see!
  • Make sure your Twitter handle, username, and ePort URL are logged on our spreadsheet.
  • Write an ePort post (not a PAGE! a POST!) in which you discuss the three readings for today. In your post, explore how these articles work together to set a scaffold for your IDS education. What do you like about these readings? How do they make you think differently about how you will learn and how you will work this semester? Use quotes from each article to add specificity to your thoughts. Log the URL for this post (not your ePort and not your wp-admin editing page, but the post itself!) on our spreadsheet.
  • In class, we will talk about the Interview assignment, the IDS program requirements, the IDS contract, the workshop sign-off sheet, the advisor meetings, and adding openly licensed images and links to your posts.

2/13/17 No in-class meeting

  • The following work is due by 9pm on 2/13:
  • Interview a professor in a field that you expect might be part of your major.  Focus on their interdisciplinary work/interests, current challenges in the field, and what courses their students should take outside of their main field of study.  Take an image to use for your post. Your interview post is not due yet.  You just need to complete the actual interview by today at 9pm.
  • Build your IDS program
    Sample Contract

    Sample Contract

    • Remember that you need to have
      • a total of 51 credits in your major (6 credits of IDS courses, and then 45 more of your own choosing);
      • at least 24 credits of upper-level courses (3000-level or above) in your contract, including IS4420;
      • a QRCO (can’t be the same as your Math Foundations course) and a WRCO in your program.
      • Find the Contract Form at our website:
    • Dance Entrepreneurship Track students: make a list of the courses you will take for your major.
    • Sign off:
      • Your workshop sheet must be signed by one of the IDS staff (Janina Misiewicz, Janet Currier, Mariah Davis, Christine McElreavy, Victoria Tobin).  IDS staff are available in Lamson 003 at the following times:
        • Sundays 3-6pm
        • Mondays 8:30am-9pm
        • T, W, Th 8:30am-5pm
        • The phone number in the office is (603) 535-2510
    • Send out your advisor emails to secure appointments and cc Robin on the emails to get credit for doing this. You will need two advisors; note that Robin MAY NOT serve as a formal advisor.


    • Interviews due to ePorts (make sure to add a new POST, not a new PAGE). Here’s an example of a great interview post.  Here are some tips. Log the link to our spreadsheet (make sure you log the link to the POST, not to your general ePort, and make sure that “wp-admin” is not in the URL, since that is your editing page, not the link to the actual post). Posts due by 4pm. (Posts submitted between 4pm and 9:15pm will receive a maximum of half credit: 3 of 6 points maximum. Posts submitted after 9:15pm but before the end of the semester will receive a maximum of 1 point).
    • Bring hard copies of your completed contract, Planning Guide, and Essay to class (see 2/27/17 below for more info). We will be workshopping these documents, and you will receive credit for one assignment for having all three with you, and complete.
    • In class: Workshopping programs, and building your Personal Learning Network (PLN)

2/27/17 No in-class meeting

  • Submit IDS Application (Contract, Essay, Planning Guide) to All files must be Word documents. You will receive one point of extra credit on your FINAL GRADE in this course if you bring your IDS essay to the Writing Center anytime before 2/27/17.  Here’s a sample of an awesome IDS essay from a couple of semesters ago (remember this is for her ePort, so when she turned it in to the Council, it had the name of her program at the top, not this cool title).


Sample Planning Guide

On your Planning Guide, you do not need to fill out semesters that you have already taken or are currently taking.  You only need to fill out semesters that you have yet to take.  You don’t need to choose specific Gen Ed courses (you can just write in SSDI or WECO). If you have electives to take (remember, you need at least 120 credits to graduate) you can just write in “Electives” (you don’t have to pick specific courses to take right now). Stop by our office or Open Hours for help!

  • Remember that your advisors must tell you that they COMPLETELY APPROVE both your contract AND your essay.  Make sure they have reviewed both and agree to all of it before you write their names in and submit. If you submit without their full approval, you could find yourself in violation of the PSU Academic Integrity policy, so please be sure! They will be contact by IDS to confirm their approval.
  • If you are applying for a WAIVER of one of the Directions requirements, fill out a Student Request Form.  Please meet with Robin before completing it. Waivers are most commonly given for SIDI (for students whose majors include mostly science courses) and for CTDI (for students whose majors include mostly art courses).
  • If you submit your IDS application by 9pm today (2/27), you will receive 10 points for the assignment.  If you submit by midnight, you will receive 9 points for the assignment.  If you submit by Friday, 3/3 at midnight, you will receive 6 points for the assignment.  If you submit by Monday 3/6 at noon, you will receive 5 points for the assignment.  If you submit after that but before the end of the semester, you will receive 1 point for the assignment.
  • Remember to visit Open Hours or stop by the IDS office if you need assistance!


  • Don’t forget to work on your PLN! I won’t be reminding you!
  • Post a copy of your essay to your ePort (make sure it’s a POST and not a PAGE!). Log the link on our spreadsheet. Make sure you dress up your essay with images (your own or cc-licensed images). Tweet a link to your essay to our hashtag (#IDSintro) when it’s posted!
  • Read “Terms & Concepts” section of our textbook, and annotate with Be prepared to speak and write about each term and concept in class. These are the sections you need to cover:
    • The BIG Terms
    • Benefits of Interdisciplinarity
    • Concepts for DOING Interdisciplinarity
    • Content, Methods, Epistemologies


3/20/17 NO CLASS – Spring Break

3/27/17 – No in-class meeting


    • Read “How Do We DO Interdisciplinarity?” and annotate with
    • Identify a real-life interdisciplinary success story.  It does not have to be from academia.  Now write a news article for a general readership explaining the story and how interdisciplinarity (integrating knowledge from across disciplines), multi-disciplinarity (using expertise from different disciplines), and/or transdisciplinarity (partnering with stakeholders from outside of academia) made a difference in how the story turned out (example: the cleanup of Livermore Falls in Plymouth required input from environmental scientists, ecologists, business leaders, politicians, and community members). Review the Rubric (on Moodle) and the Blog Tips before you finalize your post.  Post your writing on your ePort and log the link into our spreadsheet.
    • In class: Advising  Should we bring snacks or something?

4/10/17 No class meeting


  • Select a full-text scholarly article on Interdisciplinary Studies.  Start by checking the library databases, and if you need help identifying a SCHOLARLY article, visit the Reference Desk in Lamson.  The article must be at least four pages long and it must be published from 2012-Present.
  • Write an ePort post summarizing your article and explaining why it is helpful to your thinking. Engage with the ideas, quoting passages that you analyze in further detail. Explain how the article’s main points interact with your experience as a beginning interdisciplinarian. Make sure you cite your article properly, and attend to the blog tips as you craft your post. Make sure you add images (your own or cc-licensed) to your post, and long the link on our spreadsheet.

4/24/17  No in-class meeting

Assignments TBD


  • Assignments TBD
  • In class: Textbook Editing, multimedia, web enhancements, scholarly article & success story curation, filler materials


  • Take-Home Portion of Final Exam (due to your ePort and our spreadsheet by 4pm today, no extensions): Write an essay summarizing your learning in this course.
    • What did you think this course would be like? (1 point)
    • What did you think the definition of “interdisciplinarity” was before taking this course? (1)
    • How did your understanding of IDS change over the course of the semester, and how would you define it now? (4)
    • Go back through the course and documents and readings, and explore how 3 or 4 of the ideas/concepts/terms/issues we covered relate to your own IDS program and plans. (5)
    • Why does interdisciplinarity matter to universities?  Why does it matter to the world? (4)
    • What are your hopes for your future? (4)
    • What are your hopes for the future of IDS, at PSU and beyond? (4)
    • Add hyperlinks and images to your post to increase its appeal and impact. (2)

Final Exam is Monday, 5/15, from 2:30-5pm

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