Combine Creativity and Open Pedagogy for an Engaging Student Experience

Concurrent Session 6
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Brief Abstract

Build a creative final assignment for students to demonstrate their learning, add an opportunity to share and publish their work and you create an engaging student experience. Our university has provided everyone with access to the Adobe Creative Cloud. The opportunity for students to utilize this level of professional software in an assignment not only enables them to demonstrate their learning in a creative way but introduces them to tools to increase their digital literacy. The assignment is then peer reviewed and eligible to be part of an Open Educational Resource that will be published each semester.


Melody Buckner is the Director of Digital Learning and Online Education for the Office of Digital Learning, and the Interim Dean of UA South. In her role as director, she oversees the design, development and maintenance of over 700 courses within almost 80 fully-online programs the UA Online campus. She began at the UA almost a decade ago as an Instructional Designer, charged with helping faculty create online courses that reach out and engage students in an online UA experience. Before coming to the University, she served as an Instructional Designer in Professional Development and as an adjunct faculty for Pima Community College. Her educational background includes, a Bachelor of Science from the College of Architecture at Arizona State University and a Masters in Educational Technology at Northern Arizona University. She is earned her Ph.D. in Teaching, Learning and Sociocultural Studies at the University of Arizona in 2015. Her informal education consists of living in over 40 different places including several countries overseas.

Extended Abstract

Three to five critical take-aways from this session will be for the audience to describe a creative assignment that uses open pedagogy, discuss the opportunities to integrate digital literacy into an assignment and identify ways to use OERs for an assignment.The audience will be engaged your audience virtually through other examples of creative assignments, open pedagogy and the use of OERS within the curriculum. Google Doc will be used to record the information shared along with personal information to connect at a later date and continue the conversation.