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Category: First Year Seminar

Why is PSU Moving to Clusters?

President Birx wrote a blog post (which I've referenced more times than I can count) about the Four Tools of Clusters. It's important to note that three of the four tools are directly related to the General Education program at Plymouth State University. I am starting to take on my responsibilities as the new (first!)…

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. ButĀ  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…

Workshop

Wicked Problems April 27th, 2018, 12:30 to 1:30 at HUB Hage Room Rachelle Lyons and I will be presenting a workshop on wicked problems for anyone interested in the topic. This will be especially interesting for First Year Seminar instructors. Additional details can be found here.

PCA 2018

I went to the Popular Culture Association Conference last week.Ā  My presentation was calledĀ Wicked Problems in Popular Culture:Ā An Open Pedagogy Experiment in EngagementĀ 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.

Guest Post from Alex Richard

A couple of weeks ago, my First Year Seminar (FYS) classes discussed ways that we might assess the learning outcome in our class related to General Education. In particular, at the end of FYS, students should understand the purpose of general education and make connections between general education and major coursework. The class brainstormed ideas…

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.Ā  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…

The First Year Seminar and Wicked Problems

The First Year Seminar Coordinating Council (FYSCC) is facilitating a workshop during Plymouth State University'sĀ January Jamboree. We will beĀ 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…