Workshop Program

Workshop Goals

  1. Introduce Participants to InTeGrate Project & Our Efforts to Date
  2. Identify Examples of Local Stakeholder Interests & Opportunities
  3. Introduce Best Practice Ideas for Community Projects: InTeGrate & VALUE Rubric & Example Products
  4. Participants Identify Projects Aligned with Interests
  5. Identify Authentic Data & Systems Components Used in Project
  6. Discuss Relevant Assessment
  7. Form working Groups & Follow-Up Opportunities

Workshop Participants


  1. Sarah Fortner, Geology Department, Environmental Science Program, Wittenberg University
  2. Amber Burgett, Geology Department, Environmental Science Program, Wittenberg University

Local Experts:

  1. Ben Babien, President, South Fountain Historic District, (
  2. Susie Broidy, OSU Extension/Clark County Master Gardener's, (
  3. Anne Kaup-Fett, Environmental Health Division, Clark County Combined Health District, (
  4. Steve Schlather, Program Coordinator, Clark County Ohio Solid Waste District (professional), Citizen's Climate Lobby (
  5. Rachel Sanders, Science Teacher, Global Impact STEM Academy, (
  6. Sky Schelle, Stormwater Coordinator, Stormwater Utility, City of Springfield, (
  7. Sarah Shivler, Assistant Director of the Hagen Center for Civic & Urban Engagement, Wittenberg (


  1. Sheryl Cunningham, Communication Department, Wittenberg University
  2. Dave Finster, Chemistry Department, Wittenberg University
  3. Ruth Hoff, World Languages, Wittenberg University
  4. Ryan Gamm, Education, Wittenberg University
  5. Brian Kot, Biology and Environmental Science, Antioch College
  6. Kim Landsbergen, Biology and Environmental Science, Antioch College
  7. Michelle McWhorter, Biology Department, Wittenberg University
  8. Nona Moskowitz, Sociology Department, Wittenberg University
  9. Richard Phillips, Biology Department, Environmental Science Program, Wittenberg University
  10. John Ritter, Geology Department, Environmental Science Program, Wittenberg University
  11. Barbara Sanborn, Mathematics, Antioch College

February 20th, 2016

Location: Wittenberg University's Barbara Deer Kuss Science Hall, Room 212

*Workshop schedule was revised slightly while in process to allow more time for faculty to explore the topics/projects stakeholders had interest in. The posted schedule reflects those revisions.

Workshop Slides (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 4.6MB Feb22 16)

Project Development Questions (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 18kB Feb20 16)

9:00 AM-9:10 AM Welcome & Introduction to InTeGrate Project & Our Workshop Goals

9:10 AM-9:25 AM Introductions

9:25 AM-9:55 AM Local Experts & Faculty Identify Skills Habits Central to Addressing Local Challenges

9:55 AM-10:20 AM Local Experts Share Project Topics

10:20 AM-10:55 AM Faculty talk with Local Experts & Identify Project Ideas

Most Local Experts Depart

11:00 AM-11:20 AM Curricular Design: InTeGrate & Inquiry & Analysis VALUE Rubric Introduction & Example Student Products

Our approach combines the below:

11:20 AM-12:20 AM Project Development Time & Discussion of Concerns

Common concerns included timing, so several examples of short projects were described (e.g. 6 hour implementation model- Hour 1: Introduce project topic: the problem & stakeholder perspective (1 hour); Hour 2: Students explore relevant systems (e.g. explore components of a systems diagram); Hour(s) 3-4: Analyze or Collect & Analyze Local Data; Hours 5-6: Compile & present results. Stronger projects will include discussion of results with other students & experts. When inviting the expert is not possible, students might value that strong examples of their work will be shared publicly online.

12:20-12:40 PM Reporting Instruments:

Reporting instrument choices were informed by our efforts to date through the InTeGrate Project & through discussions with the Hagen Center for Civic & Urban Engagement. Some of the attitudinal questions asked will align with those measured for Hagen Center internships.

  • Research on the Integrated Science Survey (RISC) This survey will be administered pre & post course to determine demographic information of participants & their learning gains associated with interdisciplinary research.
  • Community Service Attitudes Scale This survey will be administered pre & post course to measure shifts in attitudes about societal relevance, care about the community, & career interests.
  • This project was approved by the Wittenberg IRB office on 8/9/14. Please have students sign the Student Consent Data Release Letter (Microsoft Word 32kB May26 15) at the beginning of your course & upload this to your course reporting page.
  • The InTeGrate Project is released through Carleton College Release Letter. This may be sufficient for your institution, but you should check.

12:40- 1:00 PM Follow-up Survey (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 73kB Feb21 16) Establish Timeline for Implementation, Encourage Pairing of Faculty to Discuss Curriculum Development (modest stipends), Follow-up Concerns


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