What do I want to get out of the Open Pedagogy Fellowship This Semester?

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My overarching goal for this semester is the same as for the fellowship in general: to move our campus culture a little more towards open pedagogy, by having instructors who complete this fellowship be so happy about what they read about and are doing in their own classrooms that they tell all of their friends on campus.  I’m still very new to facilitating, and this program is only 1 semester old, so it’s all very new and experimental- we are very much finding our way together. I’m really hoping to improve as a facilitator, especially in learning how to listen more and talk less.  This is a major challenge for me, especially when we’re talking about such interesting stuff, and talking comes easier than breathing for me most of the time.

I’d also like to institutionalize the fellowship a bit, as my plan is to hand off the facilitator role to a former fellow for the spring cohort.  I love talking about open stuff, but it’s important to bring in new voices and develop more open faculty at as many levels as possible- open pedagogy at KCC should not be based only on my perspective!  It’s also important to share the work and the funding around as widely as possible.  But I’d like to be able to hand off a nice outline to the next facilitator, which is why I’m developing our agenda (which the future facilitator is certainly welcome to change/ignore).  And I figured out (the very easy) process of making our agenda readable in hypothes.is if anyone wants to read or make comments on it.  

I am so very excited about this cohort- 4 fabulous faculty fellows and our first cohort of student fellows who are absolutely wonderful!!!!  I’m really very excited for our conversations to develop on this blog, and for our next in person meeting in early January!

Student Fellow!

Hello! My name is Emily Torres, and I am majoring in Childhood Education. I have no experience with Open Pedagogy. I am excited to learn more about it in our meetings. We are living in a pandemic and despite the situation; I think that learning and being able to give resources to professors will create a positive environment. Creating a positive environment takes effort, and it starts with allowing the student’s input on a course because we all have different learning needs. Especially because of the pandemic there are different barriers that can come into place when talking about their learning environment. As a student fellow, I am looking forward to learning from each other and working together. 


I am new to Open pedagogy, I have no experience with it but I am more than excited to have this experience. I believe that this is a great opportunity for not only the teachers but also the students. Its rare that students really speak to professors outside of a classroom setting. Having the students voice their opinion is really important because a lot of these professors though they are trying, don’t know what it’s like to be a student in today’s society(especially during a pandemic) This is a great because now teachers and students are able to communicate! I can’t wait to see what this will bring.
-Bianca student fellow


Colleagues, my name is Tom Rothacker. I am an Asst Professor of Theatre Arts in the Department of Communications & Performing Arts. I look forward to working with you all, especially around the idea of Assignment Design. I have used an OER for one of my Theatre courses and have adopted other texts that are available through our library for students to access. It is rare that I am making students purchases books when everything needed is at our fingertips, virtually. The idea of students having imput in assignment design intrigues me and I “may” have touched upon this is one of my classes, but need to further explore and brainstorm with you all. I am excited to begin our discussions!

Hello from Dorina!

Hello everyone! Allow me to first introduce myself. I am a faculty at the Business Department. I teach Macroeconomics and Microeconomics. For many years, I have adopted OER materials in my courses and have been very happy with students’ feedback. I am glad to be part of this team and learn more about open pedagogy and how adopt it in my teaching. I have been fascinated by the concept of “renewable assignment.” I think that students’ performance and engagement would increase if I allow them not only to contribute to an assignment, but share it outside the classrooms’ walls (physical or digital) and even open-licensed so they allow others to build upon their work. This renewable assignment would be alive even after the semester ends and I think would makes students think more about the future rather than short term. Hence, I joined this group and I hope to be able to create such assignments, as well as learn from our discussions and collaboration.