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