has limits that are exhausted quickly when we ignore the reality that even the most dedicated employee can be resilient but will refuse to be an eternal Bobo doll, rising from each punch to endure another blow. Douglas B. Reeves
part of why they are fraught is because they’ve become a panacea for the hopeful and an indication of what’s going wrong for those who feel concern about the state of Higher Ed. Panacea: Increase retention Generate valuable IP Increase enrollments Meet market demand Secure private partnerships Increase student engagement Problem: Privatize public education Allow revenue to drive learning Misconstrue consolidation as innovation Decrease academic freedom and protections Forget about real students in the rush to be shiny
Seminar (wicked good) • Open Labs (kinda) • Themed Gen Ed & Certificates (kinda/kinda/wha?) • Integrated Capstones (getting there) • Gen Ed Habits of Mind • purposeful communication • problem-solving • integrative perspective • self-regulated learning • Toolkit Courses • Cluster Projects Since clusters
use various disciplinary perspectives and to integrate those perspectives to create new and unique projects and/or solutions. • Project-based work that extends beyond the walls of the classroom: Students work on projects that impact the world outside of the classroom in some way. • Sharing with an external audience: Student work is shared with an audience external to the course.
various disciplinary perspectives and to integrate those perspectives to create new and unique projects and/or solutions. Project-based work that extends beyond the walls of the classroom: Students work on projects that impact the world outside of the classroom in some way. Sharing with an external audience: Student work is shared with an audience external to the course. Interdisciplinary Approaches • Content, Methods, Epistemologies • Multidisc, interdisc, transdisc • Assignment, project, course, program, institutional levels Project-Based Learning • Meaningful, authentic question • Sustained inquiry • Student voice & choice • Reflection & revision Open Education • Removing educational barriers • Students as contributors • Public impact • Knowledge commons
pedagogy: interdisciplinary collaborations; projects; open learning. • Cluster pedagogy is cluster-enabled, but not cluster-dependent. • Cluster pedagogy is a way of teaching and learning. • Cluster pedagogy is not the only awesome kind of teaching and learning at PSU.
learning are rich areas in the scholarship of teaching and learning (SOTL), informed by long histories and diverse movements, practitioners, and fields. We want those who are new to these ideas to get a foundational understanding, and those with expertise to help lead and complicate our learning.
practice for cluster pedagogy • Prioritizing and assisting with institutional initiatives related to teaching & learning • Revisioning goals, strategic plans, & PD as we learn and change • What makes an open lab “open?” and other overgrown amusements • Support for Gen Ed pedagogy & curriculum initiatives underway • Building coherence across local pedagogy & curriculum initiatives
Barriers to effective implementation include the difficulty of designing innovations that are usable for teachers who have modest professional knowledge and few common professional standards, the difficulty of addressing weaknesses of capability, and the difficulty of devising means to manage the environment and support implementation. To solve the problem of ‘scaling up’ requires ‘scaling in’ –by this we mean developing the designs and infrastructure needed to support effective use of an innovation. That, in turn, requires consideration of the problems that have made some sorts of innovation difficult, and taking these into account in deciding what to change, and how to design the means to do so. It also requires significant attention to designing the use of innovations by practitioners, in the environments in which they work.” David K. Cohen and Deborah Loewenberg Ball