Clemson University

Open Pedagogy and the Empowerment of STEM Learners

Dr. Karen Cangialosi, Professor of Biology at Keene State College introduces an innovative strategy to STEM teaching that involves having students learn through creating and sharing scientific knowledge online. Students do so using blogs, openly licensed web publishing, and in communications with each other on Twitter. A creative application of open pedagogy, her approach offers a refreshing alternative to tests and structured lab activities. It gives instructors the opportunity to contextualize learning in a larger world outside of the classroom, and makes education more relevant, inclusive, equitable and accessible. Integrating open pedagogical practices into teaching also builds trust and community with students, engaging them more fully in course content and design and promotes their agency as learners. It encourages student engagement in the most potent way: to not just be consumers of, but contributors to knowledge. Applicable to a variety of disciplines and well suited for face-to-face, online, hybrid and blended teaching, open pedagogy allows instructors to utilize the web for boundless discovery, creativity and analysis, and as a venue for dialogue with the wider public. Join Dr. Cangialosi for a discussion of her teaching activities, and she will also ask you this larger question: How can your role as a teacher in higher education have a greater impact in influencing our larger culture?


Monday, March 1 at 1:00pm to 2:00pm

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Lectures / Seminars / Speakers


Libraries, Office of Teaching Effectiveness and Innovation (OTEI)

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