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This OC Blog features mostly articles from our quarterly OC Magazine.  Articles cover a variety of topics inspired by the different programs that we offer at OC. You will also find Peter's Podium written by Peter Bergson, OC Co-Founder, who explores broader philosophical topics related to Open Education.


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Owning One's Education

Mike Hilbert, Co-Director, Program Coordinator (ages 13-18 years), Facilitator

In the Open Connections Glossary of Terms, Peter Bergson defines many of the terms and ideas that so many of us first encounter at Open Connections. Often summarized by umbrella names like Process...



How the Dinner Theater Came to Be and What We Learned

It is a tradition in the Shaping Your Life program to have one of the fundraisers for our group-planned trip in the form of a dinner event for the OC community. For the first number of years, the...



Peter's Podium - Spring 2018


I have always been interested in the way that understanding has come to me in layers. One experience after another— reading a passage in a book; or hearing a phrase spoken in a lecture or on a radio...



Let 'Em!

Kelly Dillon, Program Coordinator (ages 7-12), Choice Co-coordinator, Facilitator

Self Direction + Real, Puposeful, Multi-Step Work = Fantastic Recipe for a True Sense of Accomplishment.   Here at Open Connections it is liberating, for young people and Facilitators alike, to...



The Spark of Curiosity

Amy Hertzog, Facilitator

Curiosity. I think back and I remember the feeling of being curious as a child. But somewhere along the way into my adulthood, I began to ignore that tug of curiosity, whispering to me from time to...



The Midden Project: From Digging to Display, Real Work, Collaboration and Applied Academics in Group Tutorial IV

Kelly Dowd, Facilitator, Evaluator

A midden is a refuse heap, a collection of unwanted, broken items tossed in a pile and left to crumble further, forgotten by their owners. A midden is also a hidden treasure cache, filled with clues...

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