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Interdisciplinary & Team Taught Courses

Josh

Galster

& Laura Rademacher

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Overview

What is interdisciplinary?Your motivationIntegration by designExamplesChallenges & solutionsDesign your own

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What is Interdisciplinary Teaching?

Integration of analytical frameworks from multiple disciplines to examine a question or topic (Pedagogy in Action, SERC)

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/blog/research-brief-interdisciplinary-learning-environmental-

education)

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Motivation

For you:Geosciences are interdisciplinaryIncrease enrollmentsStaying relevantBuilding networks / finding colleaguesFlexible schedulingFor your students:Critical thinkingEthical considerationsPrepare to solve problemsAppeal to student interestNew perspectives

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Goals for Interdisciplinary Courses

What do

you want students to gain from the

interdisciplinary experience

?

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Think – Pair - Share

What are some advantages of interdisciplinary teaching?

What are some disadvantages of

interdisciplinary teaching?

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Integration by Design

Identify points of intersectionCapitalize on strengths of othersProvide meaningful context

Adapted from InTeGrate: Interdisciplinary Teaching – Designing for Success

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Start Small

Identify & talk with faculty and community partnersGuest speakers in your class and other classesField tripsPartner with faculty from your departmentPartner with faculty from other departments

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Thinking bigger

Linked coursesOrganize a symposia on important and/or local issuesLearning communities Team teachingNew courses: One time special seminar vs. new course integrated into curriculumNew major/minor/program

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Examples: Field trips

Geology & History of Colorado PlateauGeology & Environmental Ethics in CaliforniaWestern Water Resources & Photo-journalingGeology & Oceanography of HawaiiFluvial Geomorphology & Fluid Dynamics

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Examples: Linked Courses

Geology and Culture of Chilean PatagoniaConcurrent courses, option to enroll in bothShared readings, assignments, field tripEnvironmental Science & Cultural Anthropology – campus landscapingConcurrent courses, option to enroll in bothShared readings, (some) class meetings, research project

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Examples: Learning Communities

Residence for Earth and Environmental Living and Learning (REELL)Freshmen & sophomoresAll majors, co-curricular

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Examples: Team Teaching

Undergraduate class Life in the Universe

Physics, Geoscience, and Biology Faculty

Systems Thinking; Influence of life on planets and vice versa

~1/4 of lectures per faculty member and ~1/4 for all three instructors

Integrated final projects and exams

Graduate class Water Resources Management

Two members of same department

One geoscientist & one social scientist

~1/4 of lectures were joint and alternated the rest individually

Comprehensive assignments and paper

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Challenges?

Approaches: piecemeal vs. integrated sequential learning

Teaching what you don’t know

Different expectations/language/styles/perspectives

Finding partners

Words of caution – institutional / department values, “ownership” of classes

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Solutions

Find common interests

With a course, start with 1 or 2 people as the complexity grows quickly

Communication

Planning

Flexibility

Embrace the unexpected

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Develop Your Own Course/Module

On your poster…

What course / module do you propose?

Audience for course / module?

What disciplines integrated?

Approach?

Resources needed? (personnel, facility, other?)

Post It note comments on peer posters…

Strengths?

Suggestions?

Other considerations?

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Resources

Interdisciplinary Approaches

to Teaching:

http://serc.carleton.edu/sp/library/interdisciplinary/

index.html

Interdisciplinary Teaching: Designing

for Success:

http://serc.carleton.edu/integrate/teaching_materials/

interdisciplinary.html


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