Integrating Design and Service-Learning within the Curriculum

Posted by University of British Columbia on June 1, 2015

Integrating Design and Service-Learning within the Curriculum

Date: June 7-9, 2015

Where: University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

EPICS is a curricular approach in which multi-disciplinary design teams address needs within local and global communities. EPICS was created at Purdue University and has been adopted at more than 20 universities and colleges, engaging students from their first-year through senior year and even capstone design.

The workshop will provide information, tools, and resources needed to create an EPICS course and will be facilitated by the directors of EPICS with experience from more than 50 faculty workshops on service-learning and design. Topics include course/curriculum, capstone courses, entrepreneurship, partnerships, institutional support, and assessment, evaluation. The workshop will actively engage participants to learn the principles and include presentations, discussions and individual reflections so that participants can develop a customized plan that can be applied to their own institution.

Who should attend? Current and future faculty and instructors and partners interested in:

  • Design Learning
  • Human-Centered Design
  • Multidisciplinary Teaming and Leadership
  • Service-Learning and Community Engagement (local, national or global)
  • Development of Professional Skills
  • Student Engagement and Retention
  • Diversity
  • Sustaining Design Projects Across Multiple Semesters or Years
  • Initiating and Sustaining Curricular Change
  • Assessing Multidisciplinary Design Teams

So whether you are interested in becoming part of the EPICS university consortium, or want to learn how you can integrate design and community engagement in your curriculum, the EPICS Workshop will guide you in reflecting how EPICS principles apply to your institution and curriculum to improve student learning and engagement.

Cost: Registration is required and the cost is $75 CAD. Registration cost covers the morning and afternoon coffee breaks as well as lunch on both workshop days.

Registration Registration extended to May 31, 2015

Participants are expected to cover their travel and lodging costs. Group participants should book their accommodation online, using this secure website.

UBC Housing Reservations

Guests are also welcome to contact the UBC Reservations Office at (Toll-Free) 1 888 822 1030 to make a reservation. Please tell the staff that you are an EPICS Workshop participant.

This workshop is supported by the endowment from the National Academy of Engineering’s Bernard M. Gordon Prize for Innovation in Engineering and Technology Education.

Questions: Email

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