Desert of My Real Life

Category: Curriculum

The New Education: First Year Seminar

I've been busy for the last month or so IndieWebifying my web site. That's been really fun. But  I've also been started planning for my new position as Coordinator of General Education. Accepted students will start coming to campus this week for orientation which means that First Year Seminar is on my mind. Because of…

Students’ Signature Work: Conference Debrief

The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) and the Davis Educational Foundation sponsored a one day institute in Boston this weekend for institutions of higher education who want to learn more about "signature work." What is signature work? Here's what AAC&U says: In Signature Work, a student uses his or her cumulative learning to…

General Education and Clusters Revisited

Back at the beginning of the semester, I wrote about the realization I had that President Birx's Four Tools of Clusters mean that when we talk about "cluster curriculum," we are talking about General Education.  In particular, I have said that from a student's perspective, clusters are General Education. In the last week, I've had…

Lessons Learned Five Weeks In

The semester is five weeks old and my experiment with open pedagogy in Plymouth State University's First Year Seminar has been an up and down experience so far. I have had some of the most rewarding moments of teaching when students say things like, "I'm starting to understand what we're trying to do in the…

AAC&U General Education Conference

Annette Holba, Annemarie Conlon, Sandra Van Gundy, Hilary Swank, and I attended the American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) General Education Conference in Phoenix last week. The AAC&U is an organization focused on promoting liberal education. They do some great work, sponsoring lots of conferences and other professional development opportunities for faculty and administrators…

Arts and Technologies Curriculum Discussion

During PSU's January Jamboree (JJ), I was involved in four sessions: First Year Seminar Update, General Education Update, Lessons Learned from Cluster Project Proposals, and the Arts and Technologies Curriculum Discussion. Now that the semester has successfully started, I'll write summaries of all 4 sessions. But I'll start with the Arts and Technologies Curriculum Discussion.…

The First Year Seminar and Wicked Problems

The First Year Seminar Coordinating Council (FYSCC) is facilitating a workshop during Plymouth State University's January Jamboree. We will be discussing the changes we envision as the First Year Seminar (FYS) becomes our students' introduction to the cluster initiative. One of the biggest changes (although it might not seem like a big change at first) is that…

Clustering Gen Ed

The General Education Committee and the cluster guides have been meeting once a week since the start of the semester to talk about potential changes to the General Education program. The following is the history and rationale concerning the emergence of working groups to envision the relationship between the General Education program and the Integrated Cluster…

Clusters and Curriculum

Conversations about various aspects of cluster implementation are continuing. Since I last wrote about my personal activities regarding clusters, I have been involved in three conversations that have given me some clarity about the relationship between clusters and our curriculum. The first of those conversations had nothing to do with curriculum on the face of…