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Supporting Interdisciplinary Teaching about the Earth for a Sustainable Future with the InTeGrate Website

Friday 11:30am-1:30pm UMC Aspen Rooms

Authors

Kristin O'Connell, Carleton College
Monica Bruckner, Carleton College
Dave Gosselin, University of Nebraska at Lincoln
Cathy Manduca, Carleton College

One of the main project goals of InTeGrate, Interdisciplinary Teaching about Earth for a Sustainable Future, is to greatly increase the number of undergraduate students that are ready to creatively, effectively, and ethically address today's grand, Earth-related, societal issues. Geoscientists are particularly well equipped to explore and explain Earth systems, but aren't always ready to incorporate the societal impacts and challenges relating to these topics. Other disciplines can better approach the engineering, political, ethical, and social aspects of these challenges. To that end, partnerships across these disciplinary silos lead to deeper, more nuanced, and more rigorous discussions- critical to finding real and just solutions to these grand societal issues. The InTeGrate website aims to help bridge disciplinary divides by providing teaching strategies and activities, course descriptions, as well as rigorously developed teaching authored by interdisciplinary teams. The website reflects the InTeGrate community, including perspectives from faculty, program chairs, and employers. It continues to evolve as the community and conversation grows. View the Build Interdisciplinary Connections portion of the InTeGrate website to learn more.