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International Group Work For Sustainable Development


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Poster presented at Variety in Chemistry Education/Physics Higher Education Conference 2016

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International Group Work For Sustainable Development

  1. 1. International Group WORK for sustainable development Sustainable Chemistry Dr Richard Darton & Dr KatheriNE HAXTON Chemistry, Keele University, @kjhaxton Level 4 15-credit module, all coursework. In person (Keele) & distance (NXU). Places chemistry in the societal, political and cultural context. Opportunity to get students in UK and China talking to each other. Collaborative Degree Year 1: Nanjing XiaoZhuang (NXU) Year 2/3: NXU Programme + 8 pass/fail bridging modules by Keele staff; 6 ‘in person’, 2 distance learning Year 4: Keele 3rd year + 3 bespoke modules, join with UK cohort. Synchronize in person and distance modules Share email and discussion prompts with groups Simple form to summarise discussions and reflections “It was nice to converse with the Chinese students and to find out about how another culture tackles sustainability.” “I feel that the assignment was too dependent on the Chinese students responding to our emails.” This task rewards students who are engaged and: - organised (emailing well in advance of deadlines) - curious (willing to learn from one another) - open (not deterred by cultural barriers) Energy Personal Care Water Security Food Security PlasticsHealth “I didn’t like this task!! Because the Keele students didn't email me more!!!” “Be more nice and open, don't be shy, be willing to chat to others.” This task is harsh on students who: - leave things to the last minute - are reluctant to engage, ask questions, be curious - dislike social activities and prefer solitary research