“Given the strains on Mother Earth caused by Global growth and the Millennials’ hyper-concern for protecting the planet, Sustainability became the World’s greatest innovation challenge. It’s not just about being green. It’s about what a business’s mission is. It’s about wellness and water. Hence, companies that embrace this challenge and come up with viable strategies and solutions will thrive. But those that conduct business as usual will be in peril.”—Michael Moe (2018) “Hot and Bothered” Global Silicon Valley A2Apple Weekly Perspective.
I agree! And those aiming for STEM careers need to grapple with this reality. That’s why I created “Sustainability” an all inclusive teaching and learning kit for a STEM writing course. Using the Campus as a Living Lab model, the course situates students in the center of this issue by asking them to collaboratively develop a formal Proposal addressing a solution to real sustainability problem. Students apply what they learned in the first half of the course through a series of micro-lectures and an embedded closed captioned guest speaker series (GreenTalks) to develop their solutions. However, the strategies for teamwork and communication that students must apply in order to meet their Team Pitch/Proposal deadline may be the most valuable aspect of the course. This 15-week course gives students a taste of the creative problem solving and critical thinking required in today’s complex world and instills 21st century skills of life long learning, teamwork and clear communication—essential for success in STEM.
These empirically tested, student-centered learning guides provide teachers with an all-inclusive teaching “kit” that keep students on track in a flipped instructional design.
Replacing high-cost textbooks with a low cost, light-weight print alternative (roughly the size of a magazine), these teaching and learning kits “unfold” online via the cloud and provide multi-media, scaffolded curriculum designed to build the skills needed for student success in college and beyond.
Aligned with Common Core Language Arts Standards, these print and digital texts provide new Language Arts/Composition faculty with everything they need to ‘hit the ground’ running, and veteran teachers with a plug-and-play flipped instructional design package.
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