Dr. Amy E. Potter: Using Food Security in Geography 1100: World Regional Geography at Armstrong State University
About this CourseAn introductory course for non-majors.
2 sections of
Geog 1100 Syllabus (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 228kB Jun23 16)
A Success Story in Building Student Engagement
My course is an introductory world regional geography class that fulfills the global perspectives requirement for the university. I teach this course thematically (largely traditional lecture format) with regional examples inserted throughout. I ran the module the last three weeks of the semester as a culmination of some of the human/cultural themes we discussed throughout the class with the exciting insertion of earth systems. The module allowed students to focus on the problem of food security in the context of a regional case study.
My students were incredibly engaged throughout the module. I was initially worried about their level of energy at the end of the semester, however, the module provided a new spark of enthusiasm for the course because the students had to take ownership of their learning. The group projects created a camaraderie within the teams, and the students were generally quite proud of their final PowerPoint presentation.
My Experience Teaching with InTeGrateMaterialsMost of my students work full or part time so I tried to space out some of the assignments (the AGO 4x4 and the Wicked reading) by assigning them earlier in the semester.
Relationship of InTeGrate Materials to my Course
The three-week module served as a final capstone project for a 15-week course. Because many of the topics I discuss in my course already intersect with food security, I occasionally would foreshadow the module throughout the semester.