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interdisciplinary teaching and learning in the new american college

Interdisciplinary Teaching and Learning in the New American College

Best Practices, Challenges

Fran Navakas, AIS 2008, North Central College

an experimental laboratory for integration
The Language and Structure of IDS Initiatives – Refining the Focus

and Assessing the Results

Best Practices/Challenges in

Teaching and Learning

Faculty Development/Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

Program Administration

Assessment of Student Learning

An Experimental Laboratory for Integration

Fran Navakas, AIS 2008, North Central College

preliminary working definitions
Preliminary Working Definitions
  • Interdisciplinary--“A process of answering a question, solving a problem, or addressing a topic that is too broad or complex to be dealt with adequately by a single discipline or profession. . . . IDS draws on disciplinary perspectives and integrates their insights through the construction of a more comprehensive perspective” (Klein and Newell).

Fran Navakas, AIS 2008, North Central College

north central college
North Central College

Approaching integration through—

  • Team-taught first-year seminars
  • Linked courses and international clusters
  • All-college seminars
  • Interdisciplinary majors, minors, honors offerings
  • Co-curricular initiatives—undergraduate research, service, civic engagement

Fran Navakas, AIS 2008, North Central College

features of ids 125 and eng 125
Features of IDS 125 and ENG 125
  • Two instructors: Each instructor receives the equivalent of one 3-credit hour course credit.
  • Two departments: Departments are defined in terms of disciplinary boundaries rather than administrative departments that include multiple disciplines.

Fran Navakas, AIS 2008, North Central College

first year seminar topics eng ids 125
Utopia/Dystopia

Reading the Blues

The Future of Being Human

Money Matters

Writing the Holocaust

Reading the Movies

Representations of the Body

We Are What We Eat

Deviance, Discipline and Society

Consumption in the Global Age

Investigating Violence

Fraud

Communication and the Presidency

The Culture of the Video Game

Science and the Public Interest

Course topics anchored to Learning Communities or Regional Cluster

Topics lending themselves to interdisciplinary consideration:

The Image

Journeys

Work

Food

Invention

The Mind

Crossing Borders

First-Year Seminar Topics: ENG/IDS 125

Fran Navakas, AIS 2008, North Central College

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NCC SIFE Coffee Project –Inside and Outside the Classroom

Coffee

Botany of Coffee

Economics of Coffee

Anthropology of Coffee

Technology of Coffee

History of Coffee

Marketing of Coffee

The Uses of Coffee

Cultural Exchange of Coffee

Coffee and Health

Coffee and Gender

Linguistics of Coffee

Coffee and Geography

Coffee and Colonialism

Coffee and Labor

Fran Navakas, AIS 2008, North Central College

north central college international studies annual regional emphasis
Panel, Interdisciplinary Teaching and Learning in the New American College Context, 2007 ANAC Summer Institute.

Francine Navakas, North Central College

North Central CollegeInternational Studies: Annual Regional Emphasis

Faculty

Development

Faculty/Student

Travel

Student

Learning

  • Course Clusters/Links
  • Team-Taught Freshman Seminars
  • Cultural Events
  • Fulbright Scholar
  • Interim Travel Seminar
  • Mini-courses
  • Study Abroad
  • Richter Fellowships
  • Summer Faculty Development Grants
  • Reading Group/Workshops
  • Travel Grants

Fran Navakas, AIS 2008, North Central College

supplements to the on campus classroom north central college
Supplements to the On-Campus ClassroomNorth Central College

Study

Abroad

Richter

Independent Study

Interim

Seminars

Mini-

Courses

  • Eastern Europe
  • Border Cities
  • Mexico
  • China
  • Japan
  • Southeast Asia
  • Central America
  • North Africa
  • NCC in
  • Costa Rica
  • England
  • China/
  • Japan
  • Funding for
  • independent
  • research
  • grant
  • application
  • campus
  • dissemination
  • BUS 390
  • EDN 390
  • International
  • Student
  • Conference

Fran Navakas, AIS 2008, North Central College

the leadership ethics and values seminar a capstone approach
LEV Seminars offered “across the curriculum” at upper level

Reinforcement of general education skills in writing, oral presentation, research, and critical thinking

Linkage of general education perspectives and skills to advanced study

Topics considered from the perspective of a department, division, or interdisciplinary program

Explicit and systematic infusion of LEV themes into readings, assignments, and course structure

Emphasis on interaction of leadership, ethics and values

Coordination of seminars with Cultural Events; Student Life; co-curricular programs

Summer curriculum grants fund course development, reading groups, and research to assist faculty in preparing for and coordinating seminar

The Leadership, Ethics, and Values SeminarA Capstone Approach

Governing Principles

Fran Navakas, AIS 2008, North Central College

best practices challenges north central college
Best Practices/Challenges—North Central College
  • Implications for student learning across liberal arts and preprofessional programs; nuancing of an education
  • Implications for faculty development, collaborative research, and scholarship of teaching and learning
  • Consequences of program growth—from supplementary programs to systemic change

Fran Navakas, AIS 2008, North Central College

questions for discussion and follow up
Questions for Discussion and Follow-up
  • How are faculty roles defined?
  • What organizational structures accommodate them?
  • What avenues exist for supporting interdisciplinary teaching, scholarship, service, faculty evaluation?
  • What next? Resources. Networking.

Fran Navakas, AIS 2008, North Central College

higher education context
Higher Education Context

AAC&U, Greater Expectations: A New Vision for Learning as a Nation Goes to College

  • “Intentional learners are integrative thinkers who see connections in seemingly disparate information and draw on a wide range of knowledge to make decisions.”
  • “…all students will need to be nimble thinkers and creative problem solvers. To think outside the box, they will depend on intellectual flexibility, at least as much as on factual information.”

Fran Navakas, AIS 2008, North Central College

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