I’m revising my Brand Strategy syllabus, this time for Open Curriculum. I had previously held back from contributing to Open Curriculum for two self-constructed reasons:
- “I’m relatively new at teaching” (am I though? This is my sixth semester/fourth year)
- “Engaged students and peers reviewing my syllabus is fine by me, but anyone/everyone…in the world!?!”
These reasons are being flattened, nay CRUSHED, by evolving technologies + group dynamics. The tipping point for me came unexpectedly in the guise of a sketch comedy writing class.
“It’s so hard to be funny,” “she’s SO much funnier than me,” and other unfunny thoughts would evaporate after the Group riffed, improvised, redirected and deconstructed. Each sketch was MEASURABLY funnier (from smiles to LOLs to tears) after the Group had its way with it, even a sketch of mine called “Yellow Fever“.
What are we willing to open up to critique, to refinement? And for what intention and purpose?