Cognitive Flexibility

Big Idea Writeup

Cognitive Flexibility

When I think of the intended goals or outcomes of the SLS program, the term cognitive flexibility comes to mind.

Course

Prototyping Practices for Innovation

Prototypes are typically thought of as nearly complete products or technologies which are used to conduct system, alpha or beta testing near the end of a development process. This course is designed to expand on the idea of prototyping and teach how to employ a variety of tools as methods to inspire, contextualize, evaluate and inform any phase of any research or development activity.

The Rhetorics and Poetics of Dirt

This course asks students to examine what we talk about when we talk about “dirt,” and how do the things we communicate about dirt change its presence in our lives. The major assignments facilitate learning goals through four units: dirt vs. soil, earthworks, dirt stories, and trendy dirt. The primary texts in this course will largely deal with a North American perspective on dirt. We will engage with American film (ex: Grapes of Wrath, Waterworld, Noma, Interstellar, The Martian, the Mad Max megaverse), and contemporary American literature.

Collaborative Design

Collaborative Design is a course focused on inquiry-based learning in a project-based environment. Student teams will learn to work together creatively, in a hands-on environment, with emerging technologies to design innovative products or services. The course aims to teach design thinking as an approach that can be used to consider issues and resolve problems more broadly, and promote self-directed learning that can be applied inside and outside the classroom.

Collaborative Design

Collaborative Design is a course focused on inquiry-based learning in a project-based environment. Student teams will learn to work together creatively, in a hands-on environment, with emerging technologies to design innovative products or services. The course aims to teach design thinking as an approach that can be used to consider issues and resolve problems more broadly, and promote self-directed learning that can be applied inside and outside the classroom.

Toolkit Listing

SOLO Taxonomy

The SOLO (Structure of Observed Learning Outcomes) Taxonomy Rubric is a rubric designed by Serve-Learn-Sustain to assess Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) developed to assess sustainability knowledge. The rubric can be adapted to assess any of the nine SLOs that instructors can use when partnering with SLS for their affiliated courses. 

This rubric is intended to be adaptable for each instructor’s use. Most projects or assignments will utilize three or four SLOs at most. Choose the SLOs that are most pertinent to your assignments or projects when utilizing this rubric.