Problem Based Learning (PBL)
The Faculty Center would like to invite you to participate in an initiative that seeks to integrate the liberal arts and humanities with STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields and other professional programs, including teacher education. The project centers on a “common-problem pedagogy,” in which two or more courses share a real-world problem or challenge posed by a community partner. This pedagogy draws on problem based learning, and can include various forms of civic engagement, such as service learning. Participating faculty will be asked to develop a common problem of interest to be identified among faculty from different disciplines and that problem to be generated by and tied to a community organization.
Participating faculty facilitate the task for their students, who work in multi-disciplinary teams to address the problem posed by a community partner. There are multiple pathways to complete the task with students. Ideally, classes could be scheduled to provide for regular, common meeting times (weekly or bi-monthly) where students and faculty would interact and develop cross-disciplinary perspectives on potential solutions. The partnership teaming can occur outside of class time as well.
We are seeking faculty interested in exploring this concept and incorporating PBL in the classroom. We currently have external funding from to support this work through the training and participation of faculty. We hope to fund up to five partnerships. Each participating faculty member will receive $1,500 to cover the cost of training and planning for the implementation of the projects during the following semester.
Due Date for Applications November 1st
Save the Date Workshop
Monday, November 13, 12:30 to 2:30
Preference will be given to those applications that diversify the opportunity for students to participate through open calls and through targeted marketing to historically underserved populations. The applied learning may be for credit and noncredit experiences linked to student academic education. All selected applicants will attend a brief Faculty Center workshop on Applied Learning. Faculty will be paid a $100.00 stipend to attend this workshop. Selected applicants will provide a post implementation report evaluating the success of the experience. This report will be submitted digitally and a form will be sent to the applicant at the close of the fall and spring semester for submission.
All applications must address each of the five SUNY approved criteria for Applied Learning:
- Activity must be structured, intentional, and authentic
- Activity must require participation, orientation, and training
- Activity must include monitoring and continuous improvement
- Activity must require structured reflection and acknowledgement
- Activity must be assessed and evaluated
See details on the five criteria
Model 1 – Individual Award
This pathway allows individual faculty to apply for a one time stipend or personal development award (for those not eligible for stipend) of $500 to develop a new applied learning opportunity for students or to build out an existing applied learning opportunity so that it meets SUNY's 5 criteria for approved applied learning experiences. This opportunity may be connected to a particular course and the students enrolled in that course, or may be built within opportunities promoted through the program for all enrolled students of the program.
Model 2 – Individual SubGrant
This pathway allows individual faculty to apply for a one time subgrant of between $500 and $1500 to be utilized to support an applied learning experience for students. The funding may not be spent on SUNY Oneonta faculty stipends or food, but may be used to purchase materials, support professional development or (in the form of stipends) external partners. The funding will be used to develop a new applied learning opportunity for students or to build out an existing underdeveloped opportunity. This opportunity may be connected to a particular course and the students enrolled in that course or may be built within opportunities promoted through the program for all enrolled students of the program.
Model 3 – Department Award – Tiered Experience
This pathway allows for departments (or cross-department partnerships) to apply for one time funding awards of $5000 to be utilized to support applied learning for students. The funding could support retreats for development, materials, professional development and more. This pathway asks that departments examine the program experience for students and to develop a scaffolded approach across courses in the program or across years of matriculation. Departments would attend a Faculty Center led workshop as a team and develop the plan of action collaboratively. A working team of at least three people, with representatives from each participating department, must attend the workshop.
Due Date for Applications November 1st
Save the Date Workshop
Tuesday, November 14th, 8:30 to Noon, Catskill Room, Hunt Union
Are you thinking about developing a new course or new unit in an existing course? How about incorporating environmental or sustainability issues? We believe this can be done with virtually any course! We invite you to enhance your teaching and engagement by participating in the Sustainable Susquehanna Workshop, May . This pilot project, based on nationally recognized models known for their innovative approach to curricular change, is designed to be an intellectually stimulating and collegial experience for teaching faculty at SUNY-Oneonta. The workshop will explore how we can meaningfully integrate sustainability – broadly defined – into our classrooms. Though we start by taking a close look at SUNY-Oneonta and Otsego County, we invite participants to engage in local/global comparisons. Campus faculty who have received training from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) will facilitate and catalyze discussion of a green curriculum and its integration and role in the broader community. Participants will receive an honorarium of $1000 upon completion of a new or revised syllabus (with the intent to teach the course by the fall semester of 2018 or sooner). Participants will also join in a fieldtrip and discussions that will offer opportunities to extend research and teaching horizons across disciplines and create new networks with fellow colleagues.
Application: If you are interested, please submit a short, one-page description of how you plan to revise an old course or develop a new one. See samples from other colleges. Send your description, along with name, title, and department to: Kjersti VanSlyke-Briggs, Director of Faculty Center
Sustainable Susquehanna participants agree to:
- Read some material prior to the workshop.
- Participate in the 2-day workshop, May
- Commit approximately 3 weeks during the summer to prepare a syllabus for the affected course or courses and submit it in August
- Report back to the group in an August meeting.