Open Pedagogy Courses
Over time within the three classes I have been enrolled in that are open pedagogy (Invert Zoo, Senior Seminar and Tropical Marine) I can definitively say that I am a huge fan of how they work for multiple reasons. I am willing to admit that walking into my first class that was entirely graded by myself, setting my own deadlines and working with my online pnl, I was not excited for the semester but that changed very quickly.
I have always been extremely passionate about biology (specifically marineJ) but in other classes I struggled and seemed to be one of the students that wasn’t quite absorbing all of the material and my grade would reflect that. Then at the end of the semester I didn’t get all that I wanted from that course and on top of that I didn’t get the grade I wanted either. With this style of self learning, I never got that feeling in any of the classes. I struggled to adjust but once I did, I was able to digest the material how I saw fit and put it into my online domain. This allowed me to slow down and do the work at my pace which improved the overall quality of my learning and the work I produced.
Another thing that I noticed over the past three semesters is these style courses bringing students closer together in a way. Instead of just being another person in the classroom this style of learning allowed all of us to connect in the room itself but also outside of it via our domain sites, twitter, linked in and so on. When you combine all of these things, it creates a tight knit group of people which just so happens to be the bio students here at Keene State.
All in all, these classes have changed the way I view learning and they have helped me more than I would have expected. They have helped me to learn what I wanted to, bring our students together and also better prepare me for the future after Keene State which is coming in only a few short days.
Tropical Marine Bio
This was one of my favorite courses during my entire college career! Yes I am biased because of my love for marine biology but I loved the overall course as a whole and I am very content with what I took away from it.
I loved the freedom of the course and how many options we had to learn what we wanted to. The lectures were short yet perfectly informative, the labs were nice (already did most of them in invert zoo and have them on my site) and the ideas and freedom with blog post was great. This gave me an opportunity to write about what I wanted to and I had enough time to produce quality posts based on what I am passionate about.
I also loved how incorporated in the course we all were. As a whole this was the most I have interacted and communicate with everyone in the class and I mean everyone! We all become closer and that helped the learning within the class. There is nothing better than being in a course that you enjoy and being surrounded by people who enjoy it just as much!
Overall I loved this class and all of the open learning courses the you have taught! They have done so much for me as a whole and I am thankful for that. I am also happy I went out on a limb and took invert zoo which snowballed into 2 other courses! Thank you for all that you have done and I hope you have an awesome summer.
Keep doing what you’re doing here at Keene….I LOVE IT!
Throughout the duration of the course I have greatly improved upon my domain site and my overall online presence. I have worked on finding, following and retweeting several professionals and company that are involved in the field of marine biology. Along with this, I have taken things from our seminar that we worked on and expanded my work in those categories as well. Since I am a graduating senior and need to work on finding a job in the “real world” I have been working on my resume as well as my linked in account. I feel as if creating connections both in person and online are vital for the stage in life that I am currently in.
As far as my domain site goes I have spent a good portion of the semester not only writing blog posts about some of the marine creatures which I find extremely interesting but I have been working on improving the functionality of my site as a whole. I want to continue improving upon my site and working with it even after graduation so this was important for me to get it into a state where I am happy with how my work here at Keene State is presented.
I have also been to most of the class periods only missing a couple which were due to family reasons and being ill. I felt that it was important to show up for class not only to here the lectures and take notes on the material but to come together with the class and work on the material in the actual classroom. My work for this class seemed to be much more productive when I was in the classroom working alongside my fellow classmates.
During the course of this semester, I have worked to learn and understand the marine biology material and put what I learned onto my site and also worked on several other things to help with my future. Taking the time to work on a little bit of everything has definitely helped me with absorbing the material while also preparing me for the inevitability of graduation. Thank you so much for this class! I truly enjoyed it in every way!!