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Ecology as a Model for Teaching

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A talk given at SXSWedu in Austin, TX, on March, 2017 by Pavel Cenkl, Sterling College, VT

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Ecology as a Model for Teaching

  1. 1. Ecology as a Model for Teaching Pavel Cenkl pcenkl@sterlingcollege.edu #ecosxsw17 bit.ly/ecosxsw
  2. 2. How can ecological thinking provide a model for a more inten=onal and dynamic pedagogy? Can ecological thinking be scalable across exis=ng courses, units, and overall curriculum design?
  3. 3. 5 Majors 120 Students …Majority Design Their Own Major 15 Full Time Faculty 150 Acres 35% of Our Own Food
  4. 4. Faculty in Environmental Humani=es Associate Dean for Student Learning Support and Advising Director of Athle=cs 3 Job Titles
  5. 5. Teaching & Mentoring Running / Environment / Climate Curriculum Design 3 Sources of Inspira=on
  6. 6. Run across Iceland
  7. 7. Trail Running
  8. 8. Environmental Philosophy
  9. 9. Making Connections: Rhythms of experience Ecological systems Curriculum design
  10. 10. Classroom Instruction College-Wide Governance Curriculum-Wide
  11. 11. Classroom Instruction
  12. 12. Biomimicry
  13. 13. Nils Aslak Valkeapää, The Sun, My Father
  14. 14. engagement experience synthesis reflection observation 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 expectations&goals m ake som e field notes & sketches where? what? when? Whatdidyoulearn aboutyourself? Whatdidyoulearnthatsurprisedyou? H ow could your experience connect to the BIP? Howdoesyourexperienceconnecttocourseobjectives? Whatconnections canyoumaketo priorexperience? deep description:details, colors,unique aspects use all of your senses How might you explore these ideas and this experience further? H ow doesthis experience fitw ith the restofASO P? Didyousee theexperience differentlywhen writingaboutit? W hatdid you learn aboutyourgroup? Whatquestions doesthis experience raiseforyou? ASOP Journal Spiral Rubric Fall 2014 Spiral Rubric
  15. 15. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 1014 5 16 expectations&goals m ake som e field notes & sketches where? what? when? Whatdidyoulearn aboutyourself? Whatdidyoulearnthatsurprisedyou? H ow could your experience connect to the BIP? esyour nce course s? ections aketo rience? deep description:details, colors,unique aspects use all of your senses How might you explore these ideas and this experience further? H ow doesthis experience fitw ith the restofASO P? Didyousee theexperience differentlywhen writingaboutit? W hatdid you learn aboutyourgroup? Whatquestions doesthis experience raiseforyou?
  16. 16. Curriculum-Wide
  17. 17. “a material first approach, priori=zing environmental performance and material behavior over form” Neri Oxman, MIT MediaLab
  18. 18. Place-Based Learning
  19. 19. A place-based experien1al curriculum not only empowers —it demands— interdisciplinary engagement.
  20. 20. Integrative Curriculum Experiential Learning Systems Thinking
  21. 21. College-Wide Governance Scaling up par=cipa=on and engagement
  22. 22. Community
  23. 23. Work
  24. 24. WorkAcademics Community Engagement Collaboration Application Systems Thinking Creativity Problem Solving
  25. 25. Resilient Adaptive Multi-scale Ecological thinking Interdependent Deeply interconnected
  26. 26. Thank you. Pavel Cenkl pcenkl@sterlingcollege.edu #ecosxsw17 bit.ly/ecosxsw

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