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Serve-Learn-Sustain's Linked Courses for Trandisciplinary Learning

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Serve-Learn-Sustain's Linked Courses for Trandisciplinary Learning
Case Study Presentation
Dr. Ruthie Yow & Mr. David Eady, RCE Greater Atlanta
8th Americas Regional Meeting
23-25 September, 2019, Burlington, USA

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Serve-Learn-Sustain's Linked Courses for Trandisciplinary Learning

  1. 1. SERVE-LEARN-SUSTAIN’S LINKED COURSES FOR TRANSDISCIPLINARY LEARNING RUTHIE YOW, SERVICE LEARNING & PARTNERSHIPS SPECIALIST DAVID EADY, INDUSTRY ENGAGEMENT MANAGER
  2. 2. WHAT DOES SLS DO? SLS works with all six colleges to offer students opportunities inside and outside the classroom to collaborate with diverse partners - across the community, nonprofit, government, academic, and business sectors – on key sustainability challenges. Through SLS, students learn to use the knowledge and skills they are acquiring at GT to help “create sustainable communities.”
  3. 3.  Systems thinking  Collaborative inquiry  Support for ongoing learning  Emergent design  Multiple strands of inquiry and action  Transdisciplinarity SYSTEMIC ENGAGEMENT: KEY PRINCIPLES McNall, M., Barnes-Najor, J., Brown, R., Doberneck, D., & Fitzgerald, H. (2015). Systemic Engagement: Universities as Partners in Systemic Approaches to Community Change. Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement, 19(1), 7-32. Retrieved from http://openjournals.libs.uga.edu/index.php/jheoe/article/view/1390
  4. 4. SUSTAINABILITY FROM A SYSTEMS PERSPECTIVE Environment SocietyEconomy Environment Society Economy
  5. 5. SDGs FROM A SYSTEMS PERSPECTIVE Image Credit: Azote Images for Stockholm Resilience Centre, taken from World Wildlife Fund, 2018 Living Planet Report
  6. 6. RCE GREATER ATLANTA – PRIORITY SDGs Image Credit: Azote Images for Stockholm Resilience Centre, taken from World Wildlife Fund, 2018 Living Planet Report MORE INFORMATION AT: https://serve-learn- sustain.gatech.edu/rce-greater-atlanta
  7. 7. WHY TRANSDISCIPLINARITY? “Because complex problems do not respect disciplinary boundaries, we argue that precisely this kind of new transdisciplinary and transsectoral knowledge is needed to effectively address them.” (McNall et al, 2015, p.7) McNall, M., Barnes-Najor, J., Brown, R., Doberneck, D., & Fitzgerald, H. (2015). Systemic Engagement: Universities as Partners in Systemic Approaches to Community Change. Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement, 19(1), 7-32. Source of Diagram: Alexander Refsum Jensenius, http://www.arj.no/2012/ 03/12/disciplinarities-2/
  8. 8. CHARACTERISTICS OF TRANSDISCIPLINARY APPROACHES The joining of . . .  Diverse academic disciplines and non-academic experiences and perspectives  Academic approaches and “real world” challenges  Faculty and courses from fields with different fundamental assumptions . . . Leads to:  Fresh questions  New relationships  Experimental, non discipline-bound ways of thinking, teaching, and acting together
  9. 9. WHAT ARE “LINKED COURSES”? SLS links together classes from multiple GT colleges and schools with some key community partners, under broad sustainable communities themes. Through a series of joint workshops and activities, students, faculty, and partners together explore problems and solutions from different academic and practitioner perspectives. Example theme: Equitable and Sustainable Development, Summer 2018 & 2019 Partner- and faculty-guided tour of Atlanta BeltLine and Old Fourth Ward Park, Summer 2018, which was complemented by Opening and Closing Workshops and a lecture from Ryan Gravel
  10. 10. WHAT DO LINKED COURSES LOOK LIKE IN ACTION? Course Project: Health, Design, and the “Just Food” Pop-Up Market on Campus Priority Issue: Community Health Courses: Jon Sanford’s (CoD) Health and Design Studio, Michael Elliott’s (SCaRP) Sustainable Food Systems Partners: • Anthem Healthcare • Georgia Farmer’s Market Association • IPaT • SLS • Klemis Kitchen Possible Additional Partners: participants in/members of the RCE Greater Atlanta
  11. 11. WHAT DO LINKED COURSES LOOK LIKE IN ACTION? Course Project: Valley Branch Greenway (proposed hardscape “wellness” focused trail) Priority Issue: Green Infrastructure Courses: SLS 3110: Technology and Sustainable Community Development EAS 4813/EAS 8813/BIOL 4813/BIOL 8813 Extreme Atlanta: Climate Change in Urban Spaces ENGL 1101 Immoral Energy: Slavery and Fossil Fuels in the Anthropocene ARCH 4803/ARCH 8803 Urban Design Studio Partners: • Grove Park Foundation Additional Partners: Environmental Engineering Capstone Team and CoA Watershed Management
  12. 12. LINKED COURSE GOALS // BIG PICTURE PRIORITIES GOALS: 1. Lead students to question a single-discipline or single-perspective approach 2. Expose students to a framework that incorporates multiple intellectual and methodological approaches to a single topic 3. Urge students to pause to problem-frame rather than rush to problem-solve 4. Engage students in collaboration and co- learning outside academia in communities possessing expertise different from their own. BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS FOR SYSTEMS CHANGE: 3 of SLS’s Key Principles 1. Engage in “collaborative inquiry” 2. Incorporate technological expertise as one of many types of expertise. 3. Highlight community expertise and assets.
  13. 13. QUESTIONS? David Eady Industry Engagement Manager Serve-Learn-Sustain Georgia Institute of Technology +1 678-570-9030 david.eady@gatech.edu Ruthie Yow Service-Learning and Partnerships Specialist Serve-Learn-Sustain Georgia Institute of Technology +1 404-394-9220 ruth.yow@gatech.edu

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