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Inquiry to Innovation

HNRS 2031

In a global world, being smart and working hard isn't enough. Through collaborative learning experiences in this UC Forward gateway course, students will be able to demonstrate clearly-precisely and convincingly-constructive, effective and transformative solution-oriented outcomes for problems brought by a client or user group.  This approach to community engaged interdisciplinary coursework is being supported by the UC Forward program which sponsors these entry level seminars as an introductory experience in collaborative learning.

As an introductory level course for the UC Forward program, the goals of this course are to create an atmosphere whereby students are able to work in multidisciplinary groups to collaboratively learn and experience the different perspectives provided by various academic fields of study. Part of the emphasis of the course will be to push the boundaries of academic fields through transdisciplinary learning, and understanding.  Students will apply the insights and methods of various academic disciplines in new and exciting ways to not only learn new ideas, methods and ideational constructs, but to also create real world products/solutions to social or market problems.  The final goal of the course will be to construct a product/tool/process that is tangible and operable.  This will be accomplished through student group interaction with the faculty as well as private sector entrepreneurs and businesspeople.  The specific nature of the project will be selected and then steered by the instructor along with private sector participants.

Student Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of the I2I Introductory course, students will:

• Build relationships and partnerships with internal and external collaborators, including local innovators, entrepreneurs, and policy makers and/or faculty and students outside their discipline.
• Understand and explain clearly the idea of transdisciplinarity and its relationship to academic institutions divided into distinct disciplines.
• Work effectively in self-directed teams, demonstrating capacity to lead, follow, and motivate others.
• Appraise their own individual strengths and weaknesses in the context of multi-disciplinary collaborations
• Create powerful outcomes through recognition of the role of opposing value systems and paradigms
• Use creative problem-solving skills to address market and societal needs through innovation.


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