Proposal Title

Assessing Critical Encounters: A Unique Multidisciplinary, College-Wide Learning Initiative

Proposal Abstract

It is increasingly clear that solutions to emerging and entrenched issues such as climate change and poverty must be multidisciplinary in nature. Unfortunately, faculty research interests and college courses are often increasingly specialized. Now in its third year, Critical Encounters (CE) at Columbia College Chicago is a unique thematic campus initiative that hopes to challenge these countervailing forces. Focusing on a single, complex issue each academic year, CE intends to synchronize conversations between the school and the community in an ongoing dialogue around a central, socially and culturally relevant issue . Data collected from the first two years that highlighted participation has been extended to include current research examining student and faculty participation levels, actual and perceived learning outcomes, and perceived strengths and weaknesses of the initiative. Participants in the workshop will learn about a unique innovative educational initiative and the research methodologies we are using to assess CE.

Location

Room 2911

Publication Type and Release Option

Presentation (Open Access)

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Mar 13th, 11:00 AM Mar 13th, 11:45 AM

Assessing Critical Encounters: A Unique Multidisciplinary, College-Wide Learning Initiative

Room 2911

It is increasingly clear that solutions to emerging and entrenched issues such as climate change and poverty must be multidisciplinary in nature. Unfortunately, faculty research interests and college courses are often increasingly specialized. Now in its third year, Critical Encounters (CE) at Columbia College Chicago is a unique thematic campus initiative that hopes to challenge these countervailing forces. Focusing on a single, complex issue each academic year, CE intends to synchronize conversations between the school and the community in an ongoing dialogue around a central, socially and culturally relevant issue . Data collected from the first two years that highlighted participation has been extended to include current research examining student and faculty participation levels, actual and perceived learning outcomes, and perceived strengths and weaknesses of the initiative. Participants in the workshop will learn about a unique innovative educational initiative and the research methodologies we are using to assess CE.