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  1. 1. Integrating Sustainability into Geoscience Courses Saturday, October 26, 2013 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm Part of the GSA Short Course 4-Pack Co-sponsored by NAGT and the Geoscience Education Division of GSA David C. Gosselin, Director Environmental Studies Program University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE
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  3. 3. Who is this Guy?
  4. 4. My Career Journey Gosselin Trajectory 2005 – Pres. Assoc. Director SNR - TC Director, Environmental Studies DBER - Instruction 1989 - 2005 CSD&SNR@UNL Applied Hydrogeology/ Geochemistry & NESEN 1982 – 1988 B.A. Geology, UST Internship, LPI Ph.D Geology, SDSM&T Post-Doc. Battelle - PNL
  5. 5. Goal: Incorporate key concepts of sustainability into our courses The Course Trunk Sustainability Sustainability Move From A Branch
  6. 6. Make sustainability concepts, skills, and “habits of mind” part of courses in ways that have curricular integrity and “standing” – both for faculty members and students. Sustainability Goal: Incorporate key concepts of sustainability into our courses
  7. 7. Goal: Incorporate Key Concepts of Sustainability into our Courses Learning Outcomes: 1. Identify possible integration points for sustainability and geoscience content. 2. Formulate a plan to integrate sustainability into at least one assignment in a course you currently teach. 3. Support participant’s in achieving personal outcomes.
  8. 8. Who Are You? Name Institution Expertise Teaching Experience “It’s good to have goals” Why Are You Here? Personal Learning Outcomes What would you like to gain from this workshop?
  9. 9. Approach modified from Systems, Society, Sustainability and the Geosciences: A Workshop to Create New Curricular Materials to Integrate Geosciences into the Teaching of Sustainability David C. Gosselin1 , Cathryn A Manduca2 Eric A Oches, 3 Jean MacGregor4 Karin B Kirk2 1. Environmental Studies Program, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE 2. Science Education Resource Center, Carleton College, Northfield , MN 3. Natural and Applied Sciences, Bentley University, Waltham, MA 4. Washington Center for Improving the Quality of Undergraduate Education, The Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA
  10. 10. Philosophers Biologists Geoscientists An Interdisciplinary Workshop (n = 48) Historians Geographers Sustainability Studies Political Scientists Engineers & Technologist Chemists Economists & Business Environmental Studies
  11. 11. Approach: Design Integrative Sustainability Assignments – A Curriculum for the Bioregion Initiative’s “Big Idea” or concept in the discipline Integrative Assignment Sustainability context or “Big Idea”
  12. 12. Geoscience and Grand Challenge Infusion into Sustainability Education Ecological citizenship Ecological footprint Sustainable use of resources Precautionary principle “Connect the dots” Bio mimicry Evaluate Systems thinking Sustainability Skills; ability to: Use indicators Sustainability in practice Environmental Economics Recognize trade-offs Reflect Participatory democracy Decisionmaking Water Resources Humility Respect for earth Energy Resources Critical hope Geoscience Infusion into Sustainability Habits of Mind Mineral Resources Shared responsibility Civic consciousness Biodiversity Rights of all living things Food Climate Change “INTEGRATE Grand Challenges” Waste Disposal Ecosystem services Environment Degradation Hazards Environmental history “Big Ideas” Localism Resilience Equity & Justice World view Climate change Environmental justice Ethic of care Social development Ecosystem integrity Modified from: C.R. Svendsen Skagit Valley College Thresholds; non-linear relationships
  13. 13. Questions???? We have only just begun….