We are deeply committed to nurturing learning environments that are responsive to student need, that grow from a thoughtful consideration of both disciplinary context and the future of knowledge, and that amplify the impact of the academy on the public good. The Open CoLab is focused on:
The Open CoLab enacts its commitment to these engaged pedagogies in its approach to faculty and staff development as well: we actively seek to improve and transform traditional professional development methods and to grow and sustain new initiatives from inside Plymouth State’s community of practice.
We are committed to a learner-centered approach to education that sees all members of a school — students, staff, faculty, administrators, parents, alumni, community members — as both learners and teachers. As we work alongside each other, we seek to uphold these values:
We strive for a sense of shared purpose that creates a unity between otherwise separate people and groups.
We do not seek to profit off of each other, but to flourish together. We do not work against, we work alongside.
When separate, distinct elements work together, they form a coalition. The elements do not meld together but stand alongside.
We may arrive banged up and in need of healing before we can really learn what we most need to learn.
We must regenerate a sense of education as a public good, of the commons as fertile land, not tragedy. We must regenerate the idea of learning as itself of value.
The Open CoLab is structured around four main kinds of work: