Collaborative Learning to Realize United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals and Professional Roles


  • Dann Sklarew George Mason University; Environmental Science and Policy



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


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 ââ¬Ånovumsââ¬Â and test ââ¬Åtheories of changeââ¬Â 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.

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Author Biography

Dann Sklarew, George Mason University; Environmental Science and Policy

Dann Sklarew is an associate professor for Environmental Science and Policy.





4:15pm-5:30pm POSTER SESSION (Group A- 4:15-4:45pm)