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 …

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 …

The University of New Hampshire Open Educational Resources Ambassador Pilot

I am happy to be serving as a consultant for the University of New Hampshire on their exciting Open Educational Resources pilot.  I will use this space to curate blog posts and other materials that I create for the pilot.  Keep checking back for the latest updates! Slideshare from initial training on OER, open access, 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 …

Beyond the Buck: An Expanded Vision for Open Access (Text Version)

A look at how a foundation of “open” can transform our pedagogy and our scholarship, and provide a fresh vision for the relationship between the public and the university. Moving past cost-savings and OER, we will take a look at open praxis and imagine a new pathway for the future of education. Read More …