Collaborative learning to realize United Nations' sustainable development goals and professional roles

Dann Sklarew

Session Information

Year: 2017 | Time: 4:15pm-5:45pm (Poster Session) | Location: Johnson Center (Dewberry Hall)


Advanced undergraduates often seek a capstone learning experience to demonstrate the skills and understanding they have honed in college. Learning to apply both to a global challenge, such as realizing one of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals for 2030, provides students a pathway from learning to contributing professionally to their own distinct social concerns. This session demonstrates how students can rapidly coalesce around a subset of these 17 global goals, then develop “novums” and test “theories of change” as they learn to contribute to the goals at campus to community scales. Participants are then introduced to this approach as implemented through collaborative learning across an entire semester. This is followed by discussion of how to adapt the approach to other courses promoting experiential learning through social changemaking.

For more information about collaborative learning:


active learning; collaborative learning; problem-based learning; inquiry-based learning; student engagement; critical thinking; research experiences for undergraduates; reflective practice


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