Situated Solutions: Global Learning through Interdisciplinary Problem-Solving in Specific Contexts
In their lives and careers, students will grapple with complex global challenges, including energy, water, public health, education, climate, and conflict. Solutions to these challenges will be highly interdisciplinary and context-driven, and they will play out differently depending on where they are situated. Participants will consider how their students might tackle global problems situated in highly local contexts – whether down the street or around the globe—and work to design interdisciplinary, inquiry-driven learning experiences for their campuses. Examples from Worcester Polytechnic Institute will illustrate how these experiences can promote transferrable learning outcomes such as research skills, critical thinking, collaborative problem-solving, and communication while increasing student engagement.