Innovative Course-Building Group – Homework!

I enjoyed meeting all of you yesterday and really enjoyed hearing about your interesting course ideas. I wish I could take all of your courses! I have attached the presentation from our workshop and the homework is repeated below.

I think there was some confusion about pairing. You are NOT required to pair. We just wanted to give you the opportunity to talk with some of the folks in the group to see if pairing would make sense for you.

For those of you that were unable to attend the first workshop, I will contact you separately to arrange a make-up session.

•Join the blog:
–Use the email invitation you received today to create a wordpress login. When you log in the blog should be in your blog list.

–Select the "just gimme a username, please" button (you don’t need your own blog
–If you have don’t get the invitation or have any problems with the blog, please contact me at julia.metzker and I’ll try to help.

•Use what we did today to identify (3) civic issues or community projects you could use as the nexus for your course.

•Try to tie these issues to a course you are currently teaching or plan to teach.
•Post your three ideas to the blog within one week (Oct 26). Include a brief introduction of yourself.

•Read everyone’s post and comment on several by Nov 2.
•Use the blog as a forum for identifying a partner (optional).

Our next meeting will be on Monday Nov 8 in Dogwood. In this workshop we will investigate writing course goals and will be led by Sandra & George.

Have a great week!




About Dr. J. Metzker

I believe in the power of a liberal education to transform individuals and society. I am currently the Executive Director of the Brown Center for Faculty Innovation and Excellence. Formerly, I led a community engagement initiative and held a full professorship in chemistry at a public liberal arts university. I am a proud product of The Evergreen State College.
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3 Responses to Innovative Course-Building Group – Homework!

  1. Judy Donovan says:

    Hi all – i enjoyed meeting everyone! I am the one who teaches educational technology and library media. I want to incorporate the theme of social justice in an ed tech course. I am thinking of the general Technology for Teachers course or the Instructional Design course. I also teach a course on Distance Learning and can see potential in all three for including the theme.
    Community projects might include:
    Designing a workshops for teachers
    Boys and Girls Club or other afterschool tutoring
    on computer skills
    Perhaps a design project for a community group
    I am really interested in international education, so perhaps the Distance Learning course could do something with virtual pen pals or virtual tutoring

  2. kmannmass says:

    Hello Dr. Metzker-

    I thought that I submitted an intro for myself yet I do not see it on the site. Have I not been approved or did my write-up not save?

    Thank you –


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