I officially started in my new position as General Education Coordinator last week, while I was away at the Digital Pedagogy Lab. But I have been informally working in the position for a few months. For example, back in May, I created the first draft of a new General Education Handbook which explains the underlying philosophy of our program as well as the details of the structural components. Getting new faculty, staff, and students to understand the program was my initial goal. I realized, however, that it is probably useful for the whole PSU community since we are making changes to the program as we implement the cluster initiative. It is a living document which I will keep up to date as we move forward with additional changes. For example, I have not included any information about our Gen Ed sunset renewal process because we have suspended it for the last few years. The Gen Ed Committee had a retreat on Monday of this week and we talked about restarting that process sometime in the next year. Once we do, I will add the information and forms required to renew the Gen Ed status of a course.
Because the Handbook contains a lot of information, I thought it would be helpful to distill the essential components of the program into an infographic so that people new to the program (including students) could get the basic idea of what it’s all about quickly. Here’s what I came up with. I’d love feedback about it!
(Edit: I incorporated Pat’s feedback from the comments.)