The impacts of climate change cross societal sectors, interests and ecological borders. Consequently, the implications for teaching and learning cannot be contained in disciplinary silos. For these reasons, academics from seven Australian universities have launched ‘Global Climate Change Week’ and are calling on academics around the world to share ideas within and across disciplines and engage effectively with students about climate change (http://globalclimatechangeweek.com/ ). Their vision is for academics to play a greater role in catalysing ideas to faciliate action on climate change. But can we do this when our courses are designed to deliver pedagogical outcomes specific to our programs and the needs of our graduates? What if climate change has no apparent connection with what we are teaching? Climate change is such a contentious issue - could academic engagement with climate change be construed as activism? A panel of USC academics from across faculties will describe how climate change intersects with the courses they teach at USC and inspire us to reflect on the goal of Global Climate Change Week (19-23 Oct). Join us in this session to hear how they creatively share knowledge about the diverse implications of climate change and stimulate student engagement in working for innovative and responsible solutions.
Award: Best Panel Presentation
2015 Learning & Teaching Week: Teaching Visions: Seeing Teaching in New Ways, Sunshine Coast, Australia 14-18 September 2015
2015 Learning & Teaching Week Program Book / pp.17