Modules


For each course that participates in a module the order of activities is the same. There is considerable flexibility in the timing and spacing of this order so that it is easy for instructors participate in the module.  The lesson plans for each course lay out in detail the activities and their timing in the course.  In brief, each module starts with a presentation about 21st century problems and the main question of the module. This provides a rationale for the necessity of the multidisciplinary module.  Students then work on a course specific activity to help address the main question of the module and write a technical report about their work aimed at students in the other courses.  As each course produces a report, students then read these reports to provide an understanding of the contribution of the other disciplines. Finally, student respond to a summary assignment that asked questions about the other reports and how they relate to their own work. The summary assignment makes these connections explicit while also checking the students understanding of the reports they read. 

 

Module: What are the Current and Future Impacts of Global Climate Change on Polar Bears?

Understanding the impact of global climate change on polar bears is a complex problem involving breeding cycles, feeding strategies, water levels, ice extents, annual temperature changes, and solar energy (to name a few of the variables). Students apply their disciplinary skills and knowledge to help tackle this complex and relevant problem. 

Lesson Plans: CalculusData Structures, Ecology, Thermodynamics

 

Module: Can We Sustainably Harvest Fish?

Lesson Plans: Under Development. 

 

Module: Can our Power Grid Support our Current and Future Needs?

Lesson Plans: Under Development.