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Experience Design

In my last blog post, I wrote about Making Things and Drawing Boundaries, a great collection of essays written by practitioners of digital humanities. When I first encountered the book's table of contents, there was one essay that pushed me to purchase the book and read it as soon as I got it. The essay…

Making Things and Drawing Boundaries

If you read my About the Author page, you will see that I have a BA, an MS, and a PhD, all in Computer Science. What you won't see is that I hated many of the CS classes I was required to take. I often felt like the classes focused on the technology for the…

Assessment That Works

We at Plymouth State University have been talking about appropriate assessment of our General Education program for most of the 20 years that I have been here. When we instituted our "new" Gen Ed program in 2005, we developed a General Education Handbook which identified some administrative goals for the new program, including: "A General…

B is for Belonging

Last week, I wrote a post reviewing the book The ABCs of How We Learn. The book provides a ton of information about learning science, including practical advice about how to incorporate strategies based on this science in our classrooms. After I wrote that post, I had a meeting on campus with Amanda Grazioso (Director…

The ABCs of How We Learn

I've just finished reading the second book on my sabbatical list. The ABCs of How We Learn: 26 Scientifically Proven Approaches, How They Work, and When to Use Them was written by Daniel L. Schwartz, Jessica M. Tsang, and Kristen P. Blair, all from Stanford University, who "teach an applied course that emphasizes learning theories…

National Survey of Student Engagement

Plymouth State University participates every other year in the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), which measures student participation in meaningful learning experiences. The survey is given to first year students and to seniors to help institutions of higher education determine their level of effectiveness in engaging students in experiences shown to be positively linked…

Lifelong Kindergarten

I'm on sabbatical for the Spring 2018 semester. My first sabbatical project, getting my knee replaced, began in earnest on January 12 and I've made great progress on it over the past 12 days. My main sabbatical project has been a little more difficult to get going because of pain meds and how difficult it…

Creating OERs with Students

With the end of the Fall 2017 semester, I want to record my thoughts about creating the open educational resource (OER) Introduction to Media Studies with students in CM2770 (Intro to Media and Cultural Studies). At the start of the semester, I hadn't planned that my students would create an OER. As I wrote in October, the…
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Advising and General Education

The General Education Committee held a town hall on Friday, December 8, to discuss the President's idea of theming General Education. He has written in his blog that "while individual Gen Ed courses have many elements that relate to a student’s major area of concentration, students often do not see the connections, context or relatedness...."…

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…