An Interdisciplinary Collaborative Project in Teaching and Learning
Abstract: The project described in this paper represents the collaboration between two departments at a Midwestern, U.S. university who share the common goals of exposing their students to active learning and student engagement in a most accurate, real-life working experience. These goals were achieved by forming interdisciplinary teams and by providing the opportunity to enhance team learning. Within these teams, students from the Technology department (TEC) shared their technical expertise with students from the Family and Consumer Sciences department (FCS), whereas students from FCS provided the content about consumer issues for the project. The materials produced in this project included websites, databases, on-line and downloadable brochures, and newsletters related to consumer issues such as those confronted by the elderly and low income consumers.
Presider: Brian Mackie, Northern Illinois University