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Earlham College - Keck Computational and Multidisciplinary Curriculum and Research Initiative
Earlham College - Keck Computational and Multidisciplinary Curriculum and Research Initiative
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* Mike Deibel and Charlie Peck
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* Earlham College, Richmond Indiana
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A. Our project was facilitated by:
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A. Our work was facilitated by
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# Regular and established multidisciplinary meetings/communication (SciFri, SciDiv)
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# Project of interest to the campus and off-campus communities and interest to students
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# Project intentionally chosen to be as multidisciplinary as possible (approach and process)
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1. regular and established multidisciplinary meetings/communication (SciFri, SciDiv)
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B. Barriers which we experienced
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# Lack of time in faculty and student schedules for new initiatives
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# Staffing limitations at small schools, small departments have less inherit flexibility.
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# Disciplines sometimes speak different "languages"
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# Students often like to compartmentalize their education
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2. a project of local interest and interest to students
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C. Strategies and tactics for overcoming the barriers
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# Regular face-to-face meetings and lots of electronic communication
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# Creativity and adaptability of faculty
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# Common presentation material or guest presentations of material for courses and research
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# Shared field work, shared meals
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3. a project intentionally chosen to be as multidisciplinary as possible
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D. Assessment
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# External evaluation, on-site visits
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# Internal surveys
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# Personal analysis and reflections by faculty each year
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# Exam questions (criterion referenced assessment)
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E. Sustainability of multidisciplinary work
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B.  Common barriers which we experienced:
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# Course module vs. separate course
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# Service learning - outside of a course or built into course
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1.  time
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# Involving pre-tenure faculty
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2.  staffing limitations at small schools
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3.  disciplines sometimes speak different "languages"
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4.  students often like to compartmentalize their education
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C. How we tried to overcome the barriers
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1.  face to face meetings and lots of communication
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2.  creativity and adaptability of faculty
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3.  common presentation material or guest presentations of material for courses
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D.  Assessment for our project
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1.  External evaluation - onsite visits
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2.  Internal surveys
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3.  personal reflections of faculty
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4.  Exam questions (criterion referenced assessment)
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E. Sustainability of multidisciplinary work
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1.  Course module vs. separate course
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2.  Service learning - outside course or built into course
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Revision as of 08:54, 20 July 2009

Earlham College - Keck Computational and Multidisciplinary Curriculum and Research Initiative

A. Our work was facilitated by

  1. Regular and established multidisciplinary meetings/communication (SciFri, SciDiv)
  2. Project of interest to the campus and off-campus communities and interest to students
  3. Project intentionally chosen to be as multidisciplinary as possible (approach and process)

B. Barriers which we experienced

  1. Lack of time in faculty and student schedules for new initiatives
  2. Staffing limitations at small schools, small departments have less inherit flexibility.
  3. Disciplines sometimes speak different "languages"
  4. Students often like to compartmentalize their education

C. Strategies and tactics for overcoming the barriers

  1. Regular face-to-face meetings and lots of electronic communication
  2. Creativity and adaptability of faculty
  3. Common presentation material or guest presentations of material for courses and research
  4. Shared field work, shared meals

D. Assessment

  1. External evaluation, on-site visits
  2. Internal surveys
  3. Personal analysis and reflections by faculty each year
  4. Exam questions (criterion referenced assessment)

E. Sustainability of multidisciplinary work

  1. Course module vs. separate course
  2. Service learning - outside of a course or built into course
  3. Involving pre-tenure faculty
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