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Wednesday, November 27 • 14:40 - 14:50
Non-majors as content creators: Working towards content fluency in a general education science course for undergraduates

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One underexplored area of Open Pedagogy is the use of Open Educational Practices (OEP) in general education courses. This presentation will highlight an ongoing OEP project in an undergraduate science course for non-majors at Roger Williams University with goals towards a more authentic learning experience and to help students develop “content fluency” - deemphasizing details of a subject in favor of context and allows the students to gain confidence discussing or engaging with the topic, which is an important part of scientific literacy. After some inspiration from a presentation on student-created textbooks, a research paper and poster presentation project was converted into a renewable website creation project utilizing the Google sites platform. Students in a non-majors science course selected topics typically covered in the course and created websites to present sub-topics. The websites are revisited in subsequent semesters by the next cohort of students to add more content, and in the future, to develop supplemental course materials. In converting the project, certain skills were identified as needing to be scaffolded for the students, like understanding copyright and creative commons. An unexpected result of the project conversion was also an overarching change in the pedagogical design of the course to remove exams and include more reflection. The presentation will highlight the successes and missteps of the project, while also showing that open pedagogy can be utilized in general education courses to advance authentic learning and the concept of content fluency.

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Heather Miceli

Lecturer, General Education, Roger Williams University
Interests: Open pedagogy in science courses, Adjunct support systems

Wednesday November 27, 2019 14:40 - 14:50 CET
BL27.08 ground floor classroom - Presentations