Designing Courses around Central Geoscience & Environmental Issues in your Community
InTeGrate materials help introduce students to earth and environmental issues relevant to community decision making and national policies. Materials explore environmental justice, community decision making, risk, coastal resilience planning, and communication barriers, and a selection of examples are included in Political Activities for Your Course. These are effective launch points for campus solution and advocacy-oriented projects. Project expertise can be integrated in multi-week efforts that investigate the local implications of policy change or Op-Eds, Blog, or Social Media assignments that give students an opportunity to learn from and communicate with new audiences. Also consider exploring opportunities to learn from or share with the community. Maps and toolkits include guidance for planning local decisions (e.g. climate resilience, environmental justice, hazard planning, stormwater management, coastal problem solving and more). These tools may or may not be familiar to city planners and environmental groups and our classes can be good places to use tools to create products of decision maker interest. Toolkits also illustrate the need for a co-planning process that values both community and scientific knowledge. Have your students conduct an issue awareness or attitudes survey before they begin campus research or as they explore local data in a large lecture class.
- Planning Around Locally Relevant Issues Worksheet (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 23kB Mar1 21)
- Course Design Tutorial from On the Cutting Edge; use this with the planning around locally relevant issues worksheet
- EJSCREEN, Environmental Justice and Mapping Tool from the EPA; use this to explore local justice issues or pair it with any geoscience issue to understand the social-demographic context of local science decisions.
- Global Climate Change Course that was designed around local climate issues and solutions informed by experts & features a public event.
- AAC&U Civic Engagement VALUE Rubric
- Political Activities for Your Course explore environmental justice, communication, and decision making.
- Reflection Resources helpful for designing projects. Reflection questions give students and opportunity to build personal connection.
- Op-Eds, Blogs, and Social Media also support building information literacy, synthesis, and communication skills. They also reach new audiences.
- U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit includes many tools related to climate resilience planning useful for community engagement and curriculum.