Initial Publication Date: September 5, 2023

A revised dual approach for implementing the FEW Nexus into the curriculum: Combining Design Thinking across Experiential Learning

Monday, November 13, 2023
9-11 am PT | 10am-12pm MT | 11am-1pm CT | 12-2pm ET

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Provenance: Michele Ackerman and Nirav Patel
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Dr. Nirav Patel, Binghamton University

Dr. Patel is a trained natural and social scientist with a PhD from Cornell University and possesses specific expertise in human dimensions and dynamics of Coupled Natural and Human Systems (CNH). His research encompasses teaching as research in its emphasis on experiential learning on topics exploring the Anthropocene through Food-Energy-Water (FEW) nexus and One Health. Dr. Patel possesses expertise in experiential learning and is motivated to offer immersive learning opportunities across environmental disciplines that help explore transdisciplinary approaches to social- environmental systems and practice iterative thinking across disciplines.


There is a need for curricular engagement on FEW nexus across disciplines and development of courses that engage with FEW nexus across institutions. This two-hour workshop will help faculty balance current resources by cross adapting tools and strategies' that can attain to creating a flexible structure for continued teaching of the FEW nexus within the allocated course work for faculty. This webinar will cover two strategies on the topic of food-energy-water nexus..

Strategy 1: Adopting Design Thinking for Systematic Innovation in Teaching the FEW nexus: The first session focuses on adopting design thinking in your teaching to facilitate specific and actionable course design strategies that can help faculty avoid becoming overwhelmed with the FEW nexus. Instead of focusing on advanced methods such as LCA in FEW nexus. This discussion delves into specific evidence-based teaching strategies and course design steps faculty can use to make their teaching work for them and their students FEW nexus.

Strategy 2: Humanizing the Learning Experience clinic on FEW nexus: Curating a humanizing learning experience that treats learners as individuals and not just data points requires a multi-faceted approach in teaching FEW nexus. This session will focus on creating FEW experiences by incorporating experiential activities in your syllabus design. The session will help participants to identify a topic that has low student learning experience and help faculty to augment scaffolding activities on FEW nexus to increase student experience and well-being.



Duration: 2 hours
Format: Presentations will take place through a Zoom Meeting screen-sharing session. The virtual workshop will be recorded.
Accessing the Virtual Workshop: Instructions for joining the virtual workshop will be emailed to participants the day before the event.
Code of Conduct: Participants in all NC-FEW meetings and events are expected to abide by the NC-FEW Code of Conduct, which applies in all venues, events, and on-line forums associated with NC-FEW. Please read the full Code of Conduct Policy for details.
Questions? Please contact Bradlee Wahid Cotton ( if you have any questions about this event.