Using Google Docs, Hypothesis, and Pressbooks to Create an Open Pedagogy Project in any Modality

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Brief Abstract

Students selected an open pedagogy book creation project in an economics capstone class at the start of the semester and transitioned smoothly to remote instruction theough by relying on for peer review, Google docs for collaborative work, and Pressbooks for sharing the final project under a creative commons license. 


John Kane is a Professor of Economics and the Director of the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching at SUNY-Oswego.

Extended Abstract

During the spring 2020 semester, students in an economics capstone course chose to jointly create an open book project explaining why wages differ across people, occupation, alternative levels of educational attainment, location, and time. While the course began in a face-to-face format, the work in this project was taking place in Google docs and Blackboard. The class transitioned smoothly to a hybrid format with reduced synchronous meetings.

The book project was scaffolded over the course of the semester. In this session, the following stages of the project will be discussed:

  • topic selection
  • group assignments,
  • assignment of chapters to groups,
  • the process of moving from chapter outlines to bibliography to annotated bibliography to drafts will be discussed,
  • the use of embedded in the LTI for peer review and annotation will be discussed.
  • the transition from face-to-face to remote instruction will be discussed.

Participants will learn how an open pedagogy project can be effectively used to motivate and engage students in any modality.