Growing SENS

Growing SENS as a Learning Organization

Funded by the Curriculum Innovation Fund, University of Saskatchewan submitted from the School of Environment and Sustainability (SENS).

Project co-leads: Dr. M.J. Barrett, Dr. Maureen Reed & Toddi Steelman

Environmental and sustainability studies programs frequently struggle in reaching the goal of integrating knowledge and providing curricular programming to bridge disciplines and create effective problem-solvers Creating and delivering an interdisciplinary program requires much more than combining a set of courses spanning different disciplines. As a result of our collective learning over the past five years, we propose a set of curricular innovations to become a model of excellence and the ‘go-to’ place for interdisciplinary problem-focused, issue-driven, and experience-based learning at U of S and beyond. We propose a cohesive set of initiatives that are intended to create a culture within SENS where curricular effectiveness and innovation are on-going, sustainably supported, celebrated and systematically assessed. Once implemented, the curricular innovations will become part of our standard program delivery. Specific objectives for this fund are to:

1. Become a model of excellence and the ‘go-to’ place for interdisciplinary problem-focused, issue-driven, and experience-based learning;
2. Be internationally known for our high quality programs in sustainability education and mentoring of interdisciplinary researchers and practitioners;
3. Share our successes and lessons learned widely in on-campus workshops as well as in scholarly presentations and papers; and
4. Contribute in a concrete and meaningful way to the University’s priorities of experiential learning, Aboriginal education, internationalization, and innovative uses of learning technologies.