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ShapingEDU climate ed tech session

ShapingEDU climate ed tech session

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Outline and prompts for a workshop on higher education in the climate crisis.
We hit five subtopics:
1: The physical campus
2: Research
3: Teaching
4: Campus-community relations
5: Campuses engaging the nonacademic world as a whole.

This was an interactive session, goading participants to share their thoughts through Zoom chat, verbal reactions, and online writing on other sites.

I'm testing out this framework.

Outline and prompts for a workshop on higher education in the climate crisis.
We hit five subtopics:
1: The physical campus
2: Research
3: Teaching
4: Campus-community relations
5: Campuses engaging the nonacademic world as a whole.

This was an interactive session, goading participants to share their thoughts through Zoom chat, verbal reactions, and online writing on other sites.

I'm testing out this framework.

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  1. 1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northwest_Passage Universities on Fire Academia in the climate crisis
  2. 2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northwest_Passage The biggest driver of change
  3. 3. What we’ll explore 1. Impacts on campuses 2. Research 3. Teaching
  4. 4. What we’ll explore ● Community relations ● Academia in the world ● What next?
  5. 5. How it works 1.I share some research and forecasts 2.You write about how your work might - should - change in… a.Chat b.Google Doc etc.
  6. 6. Scope: out • No time to explain climate change today • Macro picture, mostly • Long term trend • Plenty of variations
  7. 7. One scenario: SSP1-1.9 ● Humanity gets its act together ● No tipping points passed ● Benevolent disasters
  8. 8. The worst scenario: SSP5-8.5
  9. 9. Today: a middle path • Temp rises >2 degrees • Some collective action, civilizational transformation • 1-2 tipping points passed
  10. 10. Domains of action 1.Protective action 2.Systemic participation
  11. 11. 1.Impacts on campuses
  12. 12. Climate change on campus Buildings ●Carbon zero or negative ●New materials ●Experimental practices
  13. 13. Climate change on campus ●Water, desert barriers ●Elevating buildings ●Relocation from water, desert
  14. 14. Climate change on campus Power ●Change outsourcing ●On-campus installations ●R&D ●What is green computing?
  15. 15. Climate change on campus ● Food ● Green spaces? ● Transport
  16. 16. https://archive.curbed.com/2017/8/9/16059384/vertical-forest-italy-climate-change
  17. 17. Academic travel?
  18. 18. • All webinars? • HyFlex meetings? But: • Inequalities • Resistance
  19. 19. Question: What would green computing look like at your institution - more or less? And who would lead the charge for it?
  20. 20. 2. Academic Research
  21. 21. Disciplines and interdisciplinarity ●STEM ●Social sciences ●Arts and humanities
  22. 22. https://www.nature.com/articles/s41 467-019-08540-3
  23. 23. ●Fields expand, contract ●New domains, disciplines ●Interdisciplinarity ●Political challenges within institutions
  24. 24. How to support research? • Preserve endangered sites, materials • Deal with external political pressures
  25. 25. Question: How would you support digitizing your institution’s research enterprise?
  26. 26. 3. Teaching
  27. 27. Teaching: curricula ●Reflect research? ●Decolonizing classes ●New programs, colleges, schools
  28. 28. Teaching: pedagogies ●Project based learning ●Inquiry based ●Simulations/gaming ●Collective work, assessment
  29. 29. Teaching: structures ●Changing populations Already changing + climate experience
  30. 30. Question: How quickly, and how far, can you scale up online learning at your institution?
  31. 31. Question: How might you support new pedagogies for a curriculum increasingly focused on the climate crisis?
  32. 32. Question: What does social justice look like in educational technology during the climate crisis?
  33. 33. 4. Community relations
  34. 34. Town-gown ●Work with local efforts? ●Support climate migrants on site? ●Economic development ●Climate justice, local
  35. 35. Town-gown Politics ●New policies imposed ●Effects of climate change
  36. 36. Town-gown Economics ●Property values skew ●Tax policies
  37. 37. Question: How might you respond to climate pressure from the local community, either pro- or anti-climate action?
  38. 38. 5. Academia in the world
  39. 39. Role of academia in the crisis Open questions: ●Public intellectuals? ●Preserve other fields in crisis? ●Lead mitigation? ●Support climate migrants online? ●Global alliances?
  40. 40. Respond to changing ideas in the world ●New economics (Donut, Circular) ●Emergency authorities ●Decolonization ●Geoengineering
  41. 41. Climate justice
  42. 42. Question: How does ed tech change at your campus if your society shifts to a circular or no- growth economy?
  43. 43. 6. What next?
  44. 44. COVID lessons •A glimpse of cutting back emissions •Dry run for climate change •Connect social justice
  45. 45. What to do next Rethink and redesign ●Research ●Teaching ●Community ●World stage
  46. 46. Or not ●Reserve our energies for efforts with bigger impact ●Academics overburdened ●Autonomy from politics ●Anti-academic “
  47. 47. What to do next ●Plan strategically ●Prepare for short and long change ●Democratic, just participation ●Rethink higher education
  48. 48. https://www.yesmagazine.org/environment/2021/01/28/climate-change-sustainable-solarpunk
  49. 49. Universities on Fire
  50. 50. http://futureofeducation.us/ http://twitter.com/bryanalexander

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