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Seminar 1: Dr. Manuel Vallée - Building Student Engagement When Teaching Environmental Problems

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posted on 2024-05-15, 23:02 authored by Manuel ValleeManuel Vallee

Dr Vallée’s talk focuses on the importance of fostering and maintaining student engagement when teaching about environmental problems. While environmental problems are a growing concern and relevant to everyone’s lives, the extent of the problems can leave students feeling overwhelmed, which can lead to apathy and disengagement. In this Environmental Sociology course Dr. Vallée uses numerous strategies to foster and maintain student engagement, one of which is assigning a 2-part comparative project that asks students to pick an environmental issue they are interested in, find a university campus or city that is a leader on addressing the issue, and then contrast it to our campus or city. One way the assignment fosters student engagement is by allowing students to personalise it, which increases relevance to their lives. Another is that it gives them a chance to identify examples where environmental problems have been effectively addressed, thereby providing the inspiration and hope that helps combat apathy and disengagement. Beyond hearing about this innovative assignment, the talk will be an opportunity to think about and discuss how we can foster and maintain student engagement when teaching about environmental problems.


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