Project Description: Approach Format, Objectives
In this project we will learn about place through North American culture and history. By exploring the relationship between landscape and the North American Identity we will seek to understand how different peoples have encountered, experienced, and represented North America from 10,000 years ago to contemporary times. How have the experiences of North American shaped the places in North America? How has the North American's understanding of society, environment, and economy shaped a sense of who they are and how they impact an ecoregion?
This project is a collaborative investigation into the heart of North America and involves reading, writing, web development, ethnography, fieldwork, and artistic endeavor. The fellow, mentor and chosen partners will work together in uncovering our place in the ecoregion.
This project will be in a yearlong integrated format. Engaging and Intense, the Global Civ project framework allows for concentrated, self paced learning to occur. The project participants will meet weekly in both face to face and online settings. These times allow for discussion of texts in review, assessment, collaboration with other learners, support for project development, experiential learning and mentoring. The fellow will engage in a deep study of block materials, with partners in the field, or engaged in other academic work relevant to the overall yearlong program.
Learners will develop an informed, and extensive engagement with the content covered in the project. The learner in this project will:
- develop a analytical, personal, and enduring understanding of the North American cultural and historical experience,
- develop deep literacy skills of written, oral, and internet based communication using national and international standards,
- develop their ability to read and interpret complex texts and communicate thier understanding of them effectively,
- collaborate effectively with a broad range of individuals both local, regional and international,
- develop creativity, independence and organization,
- engage in a major set of artistic endeavors.
Outcomes Goals, Workload, Technology in Learning
One of the golas of this project is to provide the Global Civ Fellow with knowledge of the events North American history, literature and visual art. This will not be accomplished through the memorization of unconnected places and events but rather through an investigation into the words, images, and personal experiences that make up someones place in North America and beyond. Together we will construct a narrative of how north american culture and history were made and the frontiers that emerged with them.
In our meetings both face to face and online we will endeavor to understand the past as it unfolded and how we interpret it. We will use a wide variety of sources including a textbook, literature anthology, books, web databases, ethnography, and multi-medium arts.
This course has a considerable reading, writing, studio, and web based load. The intellectual work done with this material will will be woven directly into meetings with mentor for seminar style discussion, artistic endeavor and academic skills workshops. The fellows understanding of the material will serve as background for exploring other perceptions of history and culture with peers from around the world. The fellow will also benefit from their understanding of history and culture when working with service learning partners and other partner possibilities.
Technology in Learning
A wide variety of 21st century tools are available for use in this project of NAE. The fellow is encouraged to utilize their interests and ability with technology to produce a stunning and varied display of learning. Blogs, video, wiki's, mobile learning, collaborative learning tools, and many more are encouraged.
An ePortfolio archive will be created by the fellow for archiving their construction of learning and for assessment both internal (mentor) and external (raters, university portfolio).
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