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Workshop Program

Tuesday, July 24, 2012


5:00 Reception and icebreaker activity, Earth Resources in the Classroom
by Maureen Muldoon, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
Carleton College, Weitz Center - 2nd Floor Lounge over Atrium

6:15
Dinner - Weitz Center - Larsen Meeting Room 236
7:15 Welcome and introductions
7:30 Opening discussion and activities including Sustainability Buffet – What's in a Definition? by Laura Webb , University of Vermont

Slides for Opening Discussion (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 65kB Jul24 12)
TED talk - Let the environment guide our development by Johan Rockstrom
Sustainability Definitions (Microsoft Word 29kB Jul24 12) | Sustainability Images (Acrobat (PDF) 467kB Aug6 12)
See Rockstrom's Planetary Boundaries work in Science.


Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Courtesy breakfast - Country Inn of Northfield
*All workshop activities will take place at the Carleton College, Weitz Center, unless otherwise noted.

8:45 - 9:00 Opening remarks - Weitz Center - Larsen Meeting Room 236

9:00 - 10:00 Gallery Walk - Arenas for Teaching Sustainability

Participants will work in groups to create posters of the possible approaches for teaching sustainability within certain disciplines, and across all disciplines. Sustainability means different things to different disciplines, and we hope to gain an understanding the breadth of approaches and the nature of the overlap between disciplines.

10:15 Morning Break - Room 236

10:15 - 11:30
Key concepts of sustainability in our courses and disciplines
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Key concepts of sustainability in our courses and disciplines (PowerPoint 287kB Jul25 12)
Jean MacGregor, The Evergreen State College

Small group discussions, working on developing a list of key concepts for your discipline and creating a web page with the key concepts.

What are the key concepts for teaching sustainability? See the outcomes from the key concepts groups.

11:30 - 12:30 Panel presentations

Three approaches to teaching in arenas that bring together key concepts and geoscience.

Water Budgets and Sustainability: Starting with Stratigraphy
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Water Budgets and Sustainability: Starting with Stratigraphy (PowerPoint 2.3MB Jul26 12)
Cailin Huyck Orr, School of the Environment, Washington State University

Environmental History as an Interdisciplinary Gateway
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Environmental History as an Interdisciplinary Gateway (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 1.6MB Jul25 12)
Derek Larson, Environmental Studies, College of St. Benedict/St. John's University

Ethanol & Sustainability Teaching: Integrating Business, Public Policy, and Science
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Ethanol & Sustainability Teaching: Integrating Business, Public Policy, and Science (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 3MB Jul25 12)
Rick Oches, Bentley University


12:30 - 2:00 Lunch - Dining Center on campus

2:00 - 3:30 Break out session I: Focus on the topics of sustainability
List of breakout groups

Small group discussions on teaching in particular arenas, followed by discussion of opportunities for infusing ideas from other disciplines.

3:30 - 3:45 Break - Room 236

3:45 - 5:15 Break out session II: Pedagogic approaches for teaching sustainability
List of breakout groups

Small group discussions of successful strategies, teaching approaches for different settings, and ideas to move forward in fostering effective teaching of sustainability

5:15 - 6:00 Summary Discussion

Roadcheck evaluation and generation of ideas for working groups

Tomorrow we have set aside time to develop proposals for a course or a module you would like to see developed. What ideas are you most interested in exploring further in tomorrow's working groups? Describe each idea on a separate index card and put your name on each card you fill out. Tomorrow we will organize the cards and you will have an opportunity to see other ideas and select your working group.

6:45 Dinner - Sevy Great Hall on the Carleton Campus

8:00 (optional) - Tour of the Carleton Arboretum and discussion of the use of the arboretum in teaching sustainability. Meet at the Rec Center at 8:00.


Thursday, July 26

Courtesy breakfast - Country Inn of Northfield
*All workshop activities will take place at the Carleton College, Weitz Center, unless otherwise noted.


8:45 - 9:00 Opening remarks

9:00 - 10:30 Panel presentations

Examples of course structures that embrace interdisciplinary teaching and learning

Avoiding Another Tower of Babel: Lessons Learned from Team Teaching across the Disciplinary Divide
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Avoiding Another Tower of Babel: Lessons Learned from Team Teaching across the Disciplinary Divide (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 3.7MB Jul26 12)
Ed Barbanell, Philosophy and Steve Burian, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Utah

Finding Common Ground In Interdisciplinary Learning Communities
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Finding Common Ground In Interdisciplinary Learning Communities (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 4.8MB Jul26 12)
Benjamin Fackler-Adams, Instructor of Interdisciplinary Sciences, Skagit Valley College

Infusing Sustainability across the University Curriculum
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Infusing Sustainability across the University Curriculum (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 5.3MB Jul26 12)
Bill Stigliani, Center for Energy & Environmental Education, University of Northern Iowa

10:30 - 10:45 Break - Room 236

10:45 - 11:30 Small group discussion and report out

What are the challenges we face in infusing interdisciplinary approaches into disciplinary courses? In designing effective interdisciplinary courses? (e.g How do we make time for interdisciplinary/sustainability teaching in our courses?) What are some strategies that have/could be used to address these challenges?

(11:15 start report out)

11:30-11:45 Group forming

11:45 - 12:30 Course and activity working groups
List of working groups

Groups of 3-4 will explore ideas for developing a module or a course

Begin with each group reviewing the relevant submissions of courses and activities. Then brainstorm what is needed to move forward. What needs to be developed where an interdisciplinary team would be an asset? Where would focused energy change our teaching capacity? Who is the intended audience? How would it fit into existing course/program structures?

12:30 - 1:30 Lunch - Dining Center on campus

1:30 - 3:15 Course and activity working groups, continued

Groups work to refine a proposal for course or module they would like to see developed.

Afternoon Break - Room 236

3:15 - 3:45 Report out in small groups Review groups

3:45 - 4:15 Discuss the results of other groups' work

4:15-4:30 Break

4:30 - 4:50 Take Home Messages - on line collection

4:50 -5:10 Personal action plans

5:10-5:30 Table sharing of plans

5:30 -6:00 Discussion of synthesis document


6:00 - 6:30 Closing words, evaluation


7:00 Dinner - Weitz Center - East Patio off Atrium





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