Development of a Web-Platform to Engage Local and Global Communities of Learners Around the Science of Human-Environment Interactions

COIL is proud to have supported the Development of a Web-Platform to Engage Local and Global Communities of Learners Around the Science of Human-Environment Interactions project through our Research Initiation Grant Program.

Abstract:

Funding is being sought to develop the Penn State “& People Network”, a web-platform that engages both the Penn State community and global communities around scientific concepts underlying some of our most pressing global issues. The & People Network seeks to establish a “community of learners” around faculty-led, education abroad experiences that immerse students, staff and faculty in global landscapes that demonstrate scientific principles through interesting interactions between the environment and the people that depend on these environments to sustain themselves. The web-platform will take advantage of the predominant social media culture to engage geographically dispersed groups of students in contributing artifacts (meaning-making images, photo-journals, systems diagrams) that highlight the multiple ways in which different communities interpret and associate meaning to the natural environment and the relevance of science in these interpretations. The ” & People Network ” is part of a larger University mission coordinated by the University Office of Global Programs and more specifically the Global Engagement Network (GEN) to realize Penn State’s potential as a global university.

The platform will strive to achieve three main objectives:

• Enhance the systems thinking skills of our Penn State students while infusing scientific concepts into the undergraduate social media network
• Provide informal learning spaces for increased global literacy among our Penn State students and the associated 21st century skills
• Enhance the ability for residential courses to internationalize their curriculum

Team:

• Neil E. Brown, Director, Parks & People (South Africa), Global Engagement Network (GEN)
• Julia Plummer, Associate Professor in Education, Curriculum & Instruction, College of Education
• Robert Crane, Professor of Geography, College of Earth and Mineral Sciences
• Deborah Kerstetter, Professor of Recreation, Park and Tourism Mgmt., College of Health and Human Development
• Danielle Andrews-Brown, Research Associate, Ecosystem Sci. and Mgmt., College of Agricultural Sciences
• Larry Gorenflo, Professor of Landscape Architecture, School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture
• Elizabeth Scarpaci, Assistant Director, Residence Life, Berks Campus
• Jared Hammond, Senior Coordinator, Residence Life, University Park Campus
• Justin Miller, Manager, Advanced Learning Projects, Penn State’s Teaching Learning and Technology
• Ben Brautigam, Manager, Advanced Learning Projects, Penn State’s Teaching Learning and Technology

Contact:

Neil Brown HeadshotNeil Brown
neb141@psu.edu
(814) 865 0333

 

 

 

 


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