Harnessing the Web to Create an Environment for Curiosity, Exploration and Learning

Chad Iwertz, School of Writing, Literature and Film, Oregon State University

Hannah Gascho Rempel, OSU Libraries & Press

Anne-Marie Deitering, OSU Libraries & Press


This presentation grew out of a long-standing collaboration between the First-Year Composition program at OSU, which is located in the School of Writing, Literature and Film and the OSU Libraries and Press.  In part 1, Chad Iwertz from SWLF will explain the impetus for the project and the problem we were addressing.  In parts 2 and 3, Hannah Gascho Rempel and Anne-Marie Deitering will explain the two main things we did to address this problem.  In part 2, Hannah explains how we refocused the researched papers in the course around curiosity, and in part 3, Anne-Marie talks about how we structured the topic-selection process to encourage curiosity and exploration.

Part 1: Context

Part 2: Curiosity

This section will be a lot more helpful if you take a few minutes to take the Curiosity Self Assessment before you start!

Scoring Guide: Curiosity Self Assessment 
Dimensionality of Interpersonal Curiosity (2007). Litman, J.A. & Pezzo, M.V. Personality and Individual Differences 43 (6): 1448–1459.
(T&F paywall) Measuring Epistemic Curiosity and Its Diversity and Specific Components. (2003). Litman, J.A. & Spielberger, C.D. Journal of Personality Assessment 80 (1) (February): 75–86. 
(Elsevier paywall) The Measurement of Perceptual Curiosity. (2004). Collins, R.P., Litman, J.A. Speilberger, C.D. Personality and Individual Differences 36 (5): 1127-1141 
Part 3: Exploration

WR 121 Course Guide

Science Daily 

Creating an embedded twitter timeline 

Mapping OSU Research 



Timeline JS  

Image Credits

Title slide: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS. ID# PIA16937.

Curiosity: Science Selfie. @MarsCuriosity (twitter). 

Interpersonal Curiosity: Rear Window Screencap. Brad Woodard (FanPop).

Perceptual Curiosity: #yarnaddict #yarnlove #stash #colours #yarn. Some rights reserved by Gummelure (flickr)

Epistemic Curiosity:TEXample.net.

Exploration: NASA/JPL-Caltech. Curiosity Heading for Mount Sharp, Sol 329.