Current Initiatives

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A twist on traditional open courseware, OPenned is a website SCUE is developing that is best described as a cross between TEDx and Coursera.

Everyday at Penn, a variety of professors from around the world give talks, write papers, and produce content about a wide range of topics. Throughout campus, students and faculty are changing the way we understand our disciplines and broadening the way we see the subject areas we study. All of this information can be difficult to sift through, and the overall story of what’s happening at Penn could be lost along the way.

OPenned seeks to provide a narrative to these talks, essays, and presentations by tying them together in a logical and enjoyable sequence that we have coined a “tutorial.” We put together tutorials that approach particular topics from the perspective of each department at Penn.

For example, a current tutorial we are working on, Food, features content such as an interview with Penn professor Paul Rozin on the psychology of food, an article from the Penn Museum about how ancient Egyptians viewed food, and a visit b ack to the 2007 Theme Year: Year of Food.

In curating this content from across the University, it is our hope that students will be able to connect what is happening inside and outside the classroom.

Roadmap to Research

Building off the success of The Practical Scholar: A Roadmap to Penn, current SCUE members are working hard to write the Roadmap to Research at Penn.

Penn has a variety of resources and research positions, but many students are unaware of even how to get started in research. In writing the Roadmap to Research we aim to explain why research is valuable to all students and how to build a cohesive academic experience that incorporates research.

As part of the research and writing process, SCUE members have met with people across the university ranging from CURF director Wallace Genser to students in the Environmental Studies Undergraduate Advisory Board. By speaking with representatives from many disciplines and Penn institutions, they are able to capture what makes a Penn research experience so unique and valuable.

2015 White Paper

Every five years SCUE publishes a comprehensive assessment of undergraduate education at Penn. Each White Paper includes an analysis of the current state of education as well as our recommendations for the future. This document is distributed to every member of the faculty and administration. In the past, many topics written about in SCUE White Papers have been instituted (see History).

Some of the topics we plan to focus on in our upcoming White Paper include:

If you have suggestions or comments for us regarding White Paper, please post them here!

Other SCUE Initiatives

Within the last four years, SCUE members have worked on a variety of projects ranging from involvement of freshmen in research to publishing course syllabi online.

Here is a sample of such projects:

  • Alternative study abroad
  • Physical education classes
  • Penn Course Review
  • University calendar
  • Residential programs
  • Social entrepreneurship minor
  • Online learning systems
  • Problem solving learning

In addition to specific projects, SCUE works on many other academic issues by collaborating closely with the administration, faculty members, and other students. To that end, SCUE members are active on a variety of university committees. We continue to work on improving the intellectual atmosphere and undergraduate experience at Penn.


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