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== Computational and Multidisciplinary Curriculum and Research Initiative ==
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Facilitated by:
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* Supported by the W. M. Keck Foundation
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*1.  regular and established multidisciplinary meetings/communication (SciFri, SciDiv)
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* Mike Deibel and Charlie Peck (deibemi at earlham.edu, charliep at cs.earlham.edu)
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*2.  project of local interest and interest to students
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* Earlham College, Richmond Indiana
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*3.  project intentionally chosen to be as multidisciplinary as possible (chose project that fits multidisciplinary rather than choosing project and then altering it to make it multidisciplinary)
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* Summer research projects and course modules with computational aspects across a wide variety of science disciplines
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Common barriers:
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*1.  time
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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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How to overcome
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A. Our work was facilitated by
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*1. face to face meetings and lots of communication
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# Regular and established multidisciplinary meetings/communication (SciFri, SciDiv)
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*2.  creativity and adaptability
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# Project of interest to the campus and off-campus communities and interest to students
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*3.  common presentation material or guest presentations
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# Project intentionally chosen to be as multidisciplinary as possible (approach and process)
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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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Assessment
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C. Strategies and tactics for overcoming the barriers
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*1. External evaluation - onsite visits
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# Regular face-to-face meetings and lots of electronic communication
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*2.  Internal surveys
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# Creativity and adaptability of faculty
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*3.  personal reflections of faculty
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# Common presentation material or guest presentations of material for courses and research
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*4.  exam questions (criterion referenced assessment)
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# Shared field work, shared meals
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Sustainability
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D. Assessment
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*1. Course module vs. separate course
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# External evaluation, on-site visits
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*2.  Service learning - outside course or built into course
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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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# Course module vs. separate course
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# Service learning - outside of a course or built into course
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# Involving pre-tenure faculty

Latest revision as of 15:25, 20 July 2009

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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