Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education Conference

Cape Breton University, Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada

June 19 - June 22, 2013

Friday, June 21 • 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Students: Welcome to my Class, Scientists: Welcome to the World!

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Pollution. Violence. Cancer. Global warming. War. Poverty. Atrocity. These are just a few of the problems plaguing humankind, difficult problems that cannot be broken down into simple steps and solved. Many of these problems have persisted for tens, hundreds or even thousands of years, in the face of significant human effort with no solution. Perhaps part of the reason such problems haven't been solved is that we don't encourage such broad thinking in current educational systems. Imagine what a different perspective humankind would have if they had to take 12 years of Peace Studies instead of English or Pollution Science instead of Math. Would this problem-based approach erode disciplinary barriers to solutions, provide greater empathy, and yield a healthier society or end in greater ignorance and impotence in solving these problems? This presentation, part of the "3M Welcome to my Class" series, will engage participants in a novel learning environment on the first day of class in "Science Citizenship", a project-based, novel community service learning course for Science students at the University of Alberta. I will model interactive teaching tactics to engage students and set clear expectations on the first day of class. In addition, a science-appropriate model for community service learning will be presented which builds community within and without the Academy, leads to a better sustainable Earth, is scaleable to large class size, and incorporates holistic education. The course also emphasizes higher-order learning skills, such as critical thinking, problem-solving, and teamwork and communication skills.

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Alison Flynn

Associate Professor, University of Ottawa
Alison Flynn, Ph.D. (Chemistry), is an Associate Professor in uOttawa's Department of Chemistry and Biomolecular Sciences who conducts Chemistry Education Research. Her initiatives include flipped courses, online learning tools, and a new organic chemistry curriculum. Her awards have... Read More →


Friday June 21, 2013 3:30pm - 4:30pm

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