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June 2013 Oread Project Integrates Sustainability into the Classroom By Jeff Severin, Director, KU Center for Sustainability The University of Kansas has launched The Oread Project, a new program to help faculty from across campus redesign an existing course – or create a new course – to incorporate sustainability content. Fourteen faculty representing 4 different Schools participated in the project’s inaugural 2day workshop in May. The workshop was sponsored by the Office of the Provost, and led by Stacey White, Chair of the Urban Planning Department and Director of Academic Programs for the Center for Sustainability. The workshop allowed participants to explore sustainability concepts and pedagogical approaches through presentations, activities, and group discussions. Activities included: presentations from campus and community resources on using the Campus Sustainability Plan, Building Sustainable Traditions, as a starting point for course projects; connecting sustainability with initiatives; and community integrating ‚flipped learning,‛ a practice that involves putting lecture materials online to allow more time in the classroom for hand-on learning, problem solving and discussion. Participants also spent time exploring outdoor spaces on campus, including a walk to the Prairie Acre led by Professor and Kansas Biological Services Senior Scientist Kelly Kindscher. Oread Project participants will use the summer to revise an existing syllabus or create a syllabus for a new course offering. KU Center for Sustainability Oread Project participants visit the Prairie Acre with guide Kelly Kindscher. Page 1 1

Sustainability Spotlight - June 2013

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