IS2220: Course Schedule


  • 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


  • Read “The History of the Academy and the Disciplines” and annotate with
  • Read “Disciplines as Social Communities” and annotate with
  • Read “Where We Begin” and annotate with
  • Post on your ePort: choose a discipline that is a part of your contract. Describe it. Use the “Terms & Concepts” to guide your description. Then, explore your discipline from the perspective of this week’s readings. Do you know the history of your discipline in the West or the US? or at PSU? What are classes like in your discipline? What is the space like? What are the journals or Twitter leaders like? Take a deep dive into one of your disciplines and make this post ROBUST, COMPLEX, FUN, and INTERESTING. Use links and images to enhance your ideas.

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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