Link to Cabrillo College Educational Resources developed under EILS
Posters presented at the from the 2012 SEED Summer institute
Michelle Y. Merrill, Ph.D.
Cabrillo College is a community college on the central coast of California, serving about 15,000 students per semester. Most Cabrillo students are part-time. Most enroll in transfer courses, but we also serve a large number of career and technical education students. We are a Title V Hispanic Serving Institution.
Cabrillo has a few courses designed for engaged interdisciplinary learning in sustainability, in CTE, transfer, and non-transfer fields. One non-transfer course offered is Science, Technology & Energy: Expanding Potential (STEEP; NSF #0757114 DUE); the quality of student definitions of “sustainability” rose from the beginning to the end of the 2011 STEEP Summer Energy Academy .
EILS materials were used in several transfer courses, assessed with the Sustainability Confidence Survey for comparative data. Over 60% of students responding “Yes” or “No” to the question about academic challenges said “Yes.” In Biological Anthropology classes used a modified Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) activity, with desired learning outcomes including: 1. recognizing connections between social sciences, biology/ecology and STEM (in a way that non-STEM majors can relate to and act on personally); 2. using learning technology; 3. working in teams; 4. giving presentations; and 5. applying an understanding of primate biogeography and conservation (required course content) to human economic decisions. In these Biological Anthropology classes in Spring 2012, there was very little difference in reported confidence levels for all questions in the pre and post surveys. In Cultural Anthropology classes using a modified LCA, there were small improvements in all categories save “ability to work in a group.” In a Composition and Critical Thinking (emphasis on Environmental Ethics) class that included a requirement to perform sustainability or animal-welfare related community service, there was only a post survey, showing mean confidence values on all questions between 3.1 and 3.6 out of 5.
Presentations/talks from 2012 SEED Summer Institute