Interdisciplinary Learning Activities
Interdisciplinary Learning Activities
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1 Acknowledgements
2 Introduction
3 Interdisciplinary understanding
4 Interdisciplinary learning activities (ILAs)

5 Issue tree
6 CALQ discussion
7 Breaking news
8 Business model canvas
9 Socratic-style questioning
10 Concept map
11 Elevator pitch
12 Interdisciplinary debate
13 Personal strengths matrix
14 Shuffling teams
15 Team charter
16 Strengths game
17 Walt Disney strategy
18 A closer look at interdisciplinary texts
19 Complex systems
20 Designing an interdisciplinary research question
21 Finding a shared topic
22 The interdisciplinary shuttle
23 Managing data
24 Inter-professional team meeting

25 Scenario analysis
26 Managing teamwork in big groups
27 Developing a campaign
28 Stakeholder’s view
29 Movies & matter
30 Panel discussion
31 OEPS model
32 Developing a collaborative E-book
33 Instrumental sketchbook
34 Writing a reflection essay

35 Reflection on (inter)disciplinarity
36 Reflection from different perspectives


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"We find inspiration in this book when we develop service-learning courses, honours programmes and other interdisciplinary courses, as this publication provides us with the necessary tools for teachers who want to let students from different academic backgrounds work together."
– Hilde Creten & Nicole Totté, Dienst Onderwijsprofessionalisering en -ondersteuning, KU Leuven

Interdisciplinary Learning Activities

As the complex societal and technological challenges of the 21st century cannot be addressed by solutions from just one field of expertise, academics are increasingly expected to cross the disciplinary boundaries. 'Interdisciplinary Learning Activities' contains concrete suggestions in the form of examples of learning activities that university teachers can use to teach and foster interdisciplinary skills in graduate and undergraduate students. These skills for interdisciplinary understanding include critical thinking, collaboration, and reflection.

Socratic style questioning, Breaking news, The Walt Disney strategy, and The interdisciplinary shuttle are just four examples of the 32 interdisciplinary learning activities for workshops, courses and curricula that are shared by university teachers in this handbook. Incorporating these activities into education will contribute to creating a challenging, engaging and successful learning environment.

Hannah Edelbroek

Hannah Edelbroek lectures for the Bachelor's programme Natural and Social Sciences. She is specialized in cognitive neuropsychology and health care ethics.

Myrte Mijnders

Myrte Mijnders lectures for the Bachelor's programme Natural and Social Sciences and the programme Future Planet Studies. She is specialized in evolution and sustainability.

Ger Post

Ger Post spent five years working at the Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies, including as a lecturer in academic skills for the Bachelor’s programme in Natural and Social Sciences. He now works as an educational specialist at the School of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Melbourne.

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