SFU: Change Lab

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CRITICAL THINKING, EDUCATION, EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING, URBAN PLANNING

SFU: Change Lab

How can your classroom change the world? Experiential learning empowers students to become agents of their own education.

The Backstory


I was a part of eight students who engaged in an eight month interdisciplinary, cohort–based class to plan, organize, and host Experiential Education Dialogues; targeted towards SFU students, faculty, and administration to revitalize classroom learning.




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The Design Challenge


To engage the campus community around sustainability education and build a network that could support it ongoingly: particularly interested in how to inspire and enable instructors to integrate sustainability concepts into their course curricula.



Our Approach: Appreciative Inquiry Model




Partners




Dialogue Results


One dialogue philosophy that seems to appropriately reflect our events is that “you’ll always have the right people in the room”. This phrase essentially implies that the participants who show up will self-select, and make for a group of especially invested, engaged individuals that can generate stimulating and meaningful dialogue. Our marketing strategy — to first target individuals who had previously expressed interest in experiential education — also played an important role in determining the participants.