Navigating Complexity: What goes into a multi-course collaboration?
In the spring of 2017 several Concordia faculty members partnered with a local architecture firm and the Table de concertation du quartier des Grands Jardins to lead students through an exploration of the borough’s civic commons. After several weeks of loosely linked course work, combined with many planning and logistical meetings, the project culminated in a two-day event, which both featured the results of students’ efforts and invited community members to participate in a wider reflection about the neighbourhood.
At this Living Knowledge gathering, recognizing the potential of rethinking education through projects like this one, we will use the Civic Commons experience as a point of departure to explore the complexity of multi-stakeholder course-based projects. What motivated the faculty members involved to step out of the comfort-zone of their self-contained classrooms to work together on a project of this scale? Once they agreed to do so, who else’s viewpoints had to be taken into consideration and how? With multiple internal and external stakeholders around the table, what did it take to bring together divergent timelines, priorities and objectives? When all was said and done, what were the impacts on student learning, the teaching experience and community-identified needs?
As a Professor and Chair in the Department of Design and Computation Arts, pk langshaw strives to facilitate fluid models of knowledge acquisition in design education. Langshaw identifies social design in her research/creation, which situates the works as socio/cultural, environmental interventions. www.pklangshaw.com
This is the last of four meetings of Living Knowledge events during the 2017-2018 academic year. Living Knowledge strives to bring together faculty and staff who share a passion for community engaged scholarship, with the goal of creating connections, sharing ideas and strengthening our collective practice. Students, community organizers and representatives from other universities are also welcome. For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or follow this link to RSVP.