The Future of the Public Mission of Universities

Keynote for “Making Knowledge Public,” the 2018 President’s Dream Colloquium at Simon Fraser University I would like to begin by acknowledging the Squamish, Musqueam, Tsleil-Waututh, Katzie and Kwikwetlem peoples on whose traditional territories Simon Fraser’s three campuses stand. And back home in the United States, today is the National Day of Mourning, and I would Read More …

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 …