IS2220: Course Schedule

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

  • ePort post: write a post that focuses on two things you have learned about this semester in two different courses (not in any IS2220 or IS4420). Summarize your learning, and explore why you found these ideas interesting, citing sources such as articles, professors, and textbooks as you go. Add a final reflection about how these ideas connect to each other, fuel your major, and excite you to continue your learning.
    • Here is a possible outline format for the post, which you can feel free to ignore:
      • Introductory paragraph
      • Idea #1 (describe the course it came from, explain the idea, quote–with citations–from a text or text, and discuss what is interesting about it)
      • Idea #2 (describe the course it came from, explain the idea, quote–with citations–from a text or text, and discuss what is interesting about it)
      • How these ideas integrate and how they connect to your major
      • Conclusion about where you hope this learning will take you in the coming semesters or years
    • (Make sure you add links, citations, and images to your post as appropriate.)
    • Due by 9pm on Monday, 4/24.


  • Read all of the posts in your assigned spreadsheet column. Choose the top five from your column and prepare a word document where you note what is strong about each of these five posts. You should also note any grammar or spelling errors that you discover on each post. Make sure you also add comments to the ePorts on each of your five top posts, and please focus your comments on the substance of the ideas in the post (not on grammar or mechanics). Do not choose your own post. Bring your document to class.
  • Erika H Column E
    Tiffany R Column F
    Madison R Column G
    Kendra E Column H
    Amanda L Column I
    Alexis B Column J
    Ariana S Column K
    Sean B Column E
    Molly S Column F
    Rebecca C Column G
    Emily D Column H
    Michael S Column I
    Shay V Column J
    Kate D Column K
    Casey C Column E
    Allie B Column F
    Elene G Column G
    Ke C Column H
    Rob P Column I
    Lyndsey B Column J
    Ayla S Column K
    Nelson A Column E
    John M Column F
    Brooke M Column G
    Emily S Column H
    Louisa N Column I
    Simone M Column J
  • In class: Textbook Editing, multimedia, web enhancements, post 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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