The goal of the Pedagogic Service is encourage educators to reflect critically on their own teaching practices and to support them in exploring new pedagogies. Building on a successful model in the geosciences, we have created a library of pedagogic methods and a collection of activities which exemplify each method. The complete library is available through the Pedagogy in Action portal. Additionally, the library is used by our partners to create customized pedagogic portals for their own websites. Each portal links together information about pedagogic methods with examples of their use.
For example, comPADRE, a digital library supporting physics and astronomy education, has created a physics pedagogy portal with pedagogic methods of high interest in teaching physics and example activities appropriate for physics classes. The pedagogic portal is fully integrated into their existing website.
A Growing Library Promoting Reuse
The library of modules and activities is continually growing through the contributions of our partners. Currently it contains information over 30 different teaching methods and over 700 examples of their use. The activity collection is still dominated by the original collection developed for the geosciences but there are also examples from statistics, physics, biology and mathematics.
New partners can draw from the existing library to quickly build collections relevant to their own communities as well as contribute new modules and activities that will find new audiences as they are reused by other partners. The service also fosters a community of practice around the challenges of engaging educators in meaningful consideration of pedagogy. Expertise is shared through conversations among partners. The tools and underlying processes used by the service have also been refined to reflect and reinforce community wisdom.
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All of this activity is facilitated by the SERC Content Management System. This authoring, sharing and digital library environment underpins all the sites at SERC and serves as the home for the collections of pedagogic information and example activities. In support of this project this system has been adapted so that it can display customized versions of the collection with a look and feel that matches each of our partner sites. This allows each partner to present their users with pedagogic information that acts as a coherent part of their existing site without the need to maintain the content within their existing system.
The system enables the individual educator who (working within their own community through one of our partners or individually) contributes a successful teaching activity to maintain a sense of ownership and control over their contribution. At the same time that contribution can be reused by other partners in other communities. At all points and for all uses, materials are attributed to the specific author of the materials, the sponsoring center or program(s), and the home institution of the author(s). Thus, reuse by others provides a broad dissemination mechanism and give the authors proper credit for these materials.
Reports, Presentations and Publications about the Project
- Iverson, E.;Kirkendall, R.; Manduca, C.; Fox, S. (2010). Pedagogic Service User Interview Report (Microsoft Word 85kB May19 17)
- Fox, S., (2009) Open Pedagogy: Bringing Effective Teaching into the Open Ed Mix. Presented at the Open CourseWare Consortium International Meeting, April 2009, Monterey, Mexico. (Presentation (PowerPoint 5MB Jul27 09))
- Manduca, C., S. Fox, E. Iverson (2009). Pedagogies in Action: A Community Service Weaving Teaching Methods to Examples for Learning. Presented at 2009 NSDL Annual meeting. Washington, D.C. (poster (Acrobat (PDF) 2MB Nov16 09))
- Fox, S., S. Cooper, J. Rutledge (2008). The Next Generation of MERLOT Learning Activities: Pedagogy in Action . Presented at MERLOT International 2008 Conference. (poster (Acrobat (PDF) 2.4MB Mar20 09))
- Manduca, C., S. Fox, et al. (2008). Bringing Research-based Pedagogies into Use: Digital Libraries Supporting Faculty Professional Development. National Science Digital Library 2008 Annual Meeting: STEM Research and Education in Action. Washington D.C.
- Bell, J., B. Bruihler, S. Cooper, S. Fox, C. Manduca, B. Mason, J. Rutledge (2007). Digital Libraries Providing Pedagogic Guidance: A Multi-Disciplinary Collaboration. Presented at MERLOT International 2007 Conference. (presentation (PowerPoint 2MB Mar6 08))
- Iverson, E., C. Manduca, S. Fox, B. Bruihler (2007). Sharing Examples of Effective Teaching On Campus and Beyond. Presented at the 2007 POD Annual Conference (presentation (PowerPoint 2.1MB Mar3 08))
- Manduca, C.A. (2007). Pedagogic Service Project: Enriching the MERLOT Collection. Presented at the Spring 2007 MERLOT Editors' meeting. (presentation (PowerPoint 1.1MB Mar3 08))
- Manduca, C., S. Fox, W. Bruihler, E. Iverson (2007). Starting Point Pedagogic Services: Linking Pedagogic Information to Library Resources Across the NSDL. Presented at the 2007 NSDL Annual Meeting. (abstract, poster (Acrobat (PDF) 1.2MB Mar3 08))
- Manduca C., S. Fox, B. Mason, (2007). Network of Communities: Synergy Through Common Format, Reuse, and Models for Contribution. Presented at the 2007 NSDL Annual Meeting. (presentation (PowerPoint 13.4MB Mar11 08))
- Manduca, C. B. Mason (2007) Pedagogy in Action: On-line Resources for Physics Faculty and Teachers, Forum on Education of the American Physical Society, Fall 2007 Newsletter http://www.aps.org/units/fed/newsletters/fall2007/pedagogy.html
- Iverson, E.R., S. Cooper, (2006),Pedagogic Service Project: Enriching the MERLOT Collection. Presented at MERLOT International 2006 Conference. presentation (PowerPoint 1.6MB Aug24 06)
- Manduca, C.A., S. Fox, E.R. Iverson, W. Bruihler (2006). Starting Point Pedagogic Services: Linking Pedagogic Information to Library Resources Across the NSDL. Presented at the 2006 NSDL Annual Meeting. (poster (Acrobat (PDF) 645kB Oct31 06))
- Manduca, C.A., M. Savina, S. Fox, E.R. Iverson, W. Bruihler (2006). Sharing Examples of Effective Teaching On Campus and Beyond. Presented at POD Network 2006 Annual Conference. (poster (PowerPoint 1.4MB Oct30 06))
- Manduca, C.A., M. Savina, S. Fox, E.R. Iverson, W. Bruihler (2006). Starting Point Pedagogic Services: Linking Pedagogic Information to Library Resources Across the NSDL. Presented at the 2006 NSDL Annual Meeting. (abstract (Acrobat (PDF) 58kB Nov20 06), poster (Acrobat (PDF) 645kB Oct31 06))
- Fox, S., Manduca, C. A., Iverson, E., (2005). Building Educational Portals atop Digital Libraries D-Lib, 11(1).
- Manduca, C.A. (2005). "Digital Libraries: What can they do for you?" Presented to the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, Iowa State University. (presentation (PowerPoint 2.6MB Oct27 05))
- Manduca, C.A., S. Fox, E.R. Iverson (2005). Starting Point: Geoscience Portal to Pedagogic Service. Presented at 2005 NSDL Annual Meeting, Denver, CO. (poster (Acrobat (PDF) 1MB Jan20 06))
- Cathryn A. Manduca, firstname.lastname@example.org, Carleton College
- Sean P. Fox, email@example.com, Carleton College
- Mary E. Savina, firstname.lastname@example.org, Carleton College
- See About our Partners for more information.
This is sponsored by the National Science Foundation Division of Undergraduate Education (Grant DUE-0532768).
For further information about the project contact: Cathryn Manduca, email@example.com, Carleton College
This project is supported by the National Science Foundation as part of the National Science Digital Library. ( This site may be offline. ) Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.