Institutions of Higher Education and particularly University Campuses should embrace a teaching/learning/service model that engages the whole community (admin, board, faculty, students, staff and alumni) in identifying, addressing and creatively collaborating on opportunities and challenges on campus and within thier institutions. Justifiably, Universities look to Alumni, businesses and corporations to provide internship opportunities and funding for research. How often and within what Framework do universities provide REAL collaborative learning opportunities on their campus or within their institutions?
HERE & NOW Proposes
Using The Open Challenge Methdology to facilitate interdisciplinary, interdepartmental contributions to address challenges and opportunities within the Institution or on the Campus.
Carefully designed challenges would have a Community Manager on Campus who would work with Baord, Admin, Staff, Alumni, Faculty and Students to identify a range of opportunties for contributions and a variety of levels of engagement.
Many of the obstacles identified (see idea submitted by ) could be addressed by an on site community manager and a working group with diverse stakeholders represented.
- Identified obstacles include:
- Barriers between Academic Departments and Programs
- Lack of collaboration between academic, operations and administration
Ideally a challenge would yield tangible and visable results. We are interested in prototyping a challenge that will deliver visible improvements on Campus. A design solution informed by research and interdisciplinary collaborations. Challenges are more rewarding and inclusive than Design Competitions and they present an opportunity to all users to provide input, personal preferences and contribute technical knowlege and skills.
Each University has an established community, diverse stakeholders, expertise in many areas.The Challenge could include a series of smaller disciplline specific challenges designed to allow many to contribute and varying levels of engagement....technical research, surveys, policy development, programming, physical design solutions, implementation, promotion, evaluation etc.
Workshops and Teams could be on Campus and Remote.
Workshops could even be recruitment and public relations tools