Desert of My Real Life

Category: Open Educational Resources

Advocating for “Open”

Because NH students have the highest student loan debt in the country, I think every instructor in public higher education in the state has an obligation to minimize student expenses in whatever way we can. One of the things faculty can individually control is our choice of educational materials. To me, this means that faculty…

Integrated Clusters, General Education, and the Creative Commons

Plymouth State University's president came to campus three years ago with a vision that, at the time, he called "Strategic Clusters" (which has since been rebranded as "Integrated Clusters"). I thought (and still think) the vision is exactly the direction that higher education should move in. As we have begun to implement this vision at…

PCA 2018

I went to the Popular Culture Association Conference last week.  My presentation was called Wicked Problems in Popular Culture: An Open Pedagogy Experiment in Engagement in which I talked about my experience with the First Year Seminar. Although it doesn't include everything I said during my presentation, you can see my slide deck here: Presentation.

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…

“Open” and the Cluster Initiative

President Birx has explained that a cluster-based curriculum would be one in which students could identify and articulate the connections between all of their courses, that they could explain the ways in which the perspectives, skills, and knowledge they learned from their courses could be integrated to work on challenging, "wicked" problems. He wants our students…