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Teaching Excellence Seminar:
Out of the Classroom and onto the Site: Active Observation of Complex Systems

Liv Haselbach and Michelle Maher
April 20 , 2007


Don’t you wish you could really show the students more: the complex systems, the interactions, the world? If only they could actually see what you are talking about. But how? In K-12 classrooms they might take the coveted field-trip. But how do we do this in a college setting without disrupting students’ schedules and imposing additional stress and administrative work to the already full curricula? This seminar will show you ways to get your students out of the classroom and involved in the real and complex systems they study with a combined observation and journal technique. The exercise is applicable to many disciplines and diverse areas of study, and can be easily incorporated into local, readily accessible destinations. This method can serve as the foundation for dynamic class discussions, small group activities or solo reflections, and has been well received by student participants. Come join us and learn how to introduce the complex systems simply, with zest, and using what’s at hand.

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About the Presenters

Dr. Liv Haselbach comes from a long career in construction and engineering. She is currently an associate professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at Washington State University. She teaches Autocad, air pollution control engineering, land development and sustainable construction. Current research includes projects in green construction, best management practices and the use of pervious concrete. She is a licensed professional engineer in New York, Connecticut, South Carolina and Virginia and is a LEED® Accredited Professional.

Dr. Michelle Maher is an assistant professor in the Higher Education Administration and Student Affairs Program at the University of South Carolina. She has written numerous articles on college teaching and learning, and is particularly interested in issues associated with graduate student and also complex system learning.

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