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This week we conclude our work with Open and Integrative: Designing Liberal Education for the New Digital Ecosystem, the 2016 AAC&U publication by Randy Bass (Georgetown) and Bret Eynon (LaGuardia Community College). As in the last two weeks, we will begin by annotating and discussion a portion of the book in Hypothes.is.  Also as before, this week will feature a Twitter chat on the week’s emphasis, as well as a live videoconference with Randy and Bret as they speak to your thoughts and your questions.

For this week, if you haven’t done so already, you’ll need to purchase and download a PDF copy of Open and Integrative. You can do that here: https://secure.aacu.org/store/detail.aspx?id=E-GMSDIG . The price for AAC&U members is listed as 15.00, but hub director Gardner Campbell reports he was charged only 12.00. We recognize that this is the first non-OER we have used in Open Learning ’17, but we believe the investment is worth it, and we hope it will not prove a hardship for you. If you have concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact hub director Gardner Campbell directly at gardner.campbell AT gmail.com (substitute @ for AT, of course).

WEEK 13:
FOCUS ON CHAPTERS  5-6:  “Design Principles for a Rebundled Institution” and “Coda: The Emerging Opportunity.”

Monday-Wednesday, April 13-15
1. Using Hypothes.is, read and annotate chapters 5-6 of Open and Integrative (pp. 51-73). Please feel free to continue reading and annotating throughout the week.
Instructions for annotating PDFs offline via Hypothes.is: https://hypothes.is/blog/synchronizing-annotations-between-local-and-remote-pdfs/

2. View this conversation with Open Learning ’17 Steering Committee member Dr. Amy Nelson. Tweet or blog about her stories of meaningful exchanges, faculty development, and the ongoing importance of liberal education in a democracy:

For a detailed look at the course transformation Amy describes, don’t miss “Connected Learning & Integrative Thinking: Teaching History at Virginia Tech”:


Friday, April 17, 11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. EDT
Live streamed videoconference with Randy and Bret on Chapters 5-6, with an opportunity for them to address your thoughts and questions shared on Hypothes.is and via Twitter. Twitter backchannel using #openlearning17. Watch the Hangout here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i8yx5Q6P5tM

A look ahead:

Week 14 is Open Learning ‘17’s grand finale, an opportunity to reflect on the journey we’ve taken together. Details forthcoming!

Post written by hub director Gardner Campbell

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