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Lessons Learned by INFEWS-ER’s virtual resource center for transdisciplinary graduate student training at the nexus of food, energy, and water
Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan www.asabe.orgCitation: 2019 ASABE Annual International Meeting 1900876.(doi:10.13031/aim.201900876)
Authors: Richard K Koelsch, Luis F Rodriguez, Shannon C Banner, John Classen, Dan C Cotton, Alison Deviney, Jill M Heemstra, Jacek A Koziel, Deanne Meyer, Anna-Maria Marshall, Anand Padmanabhan, Daniel J Steward
Keywords: Food, energy, water, FEWS, transdisciplinary, multi-disciplinary, cohort challenge, collaborative learning, virtual learning, online learning, wicked problems.
Our goal is to create a virtual resource center, the INFEWS-ER, which provides educational opportunities to supplement graduate students‘ education in the development of these transdisciplinary competencies. A National Science Foundation Project engaging faculty and graduate students from multiple institutions has hosted two symposiums to define critical transdisciplinary competencies, conducted two surveys to further refine our ideas, developed educational modules around several previously mentioned transdisciplinary skills, and piloted two graduate student “cohort challenges” that combined these educational modules with a FEWS challenge. These experiences are designed to be delivered through the web environment allowing graduate students from multiple institutions and disciplines to assemble around a FEWS challenge of common interest. The purpose of this paper is to share our early experiences relative to delivering a transdisciplinary learning experience for graduate students.(Download PDF) (Export to EndNotes)