Highlights from the F2Y Implementation Team: February 23-March 8, 2019

 

What is the Team Up To?

A team of FIT members (Pieter deHart, Ray Phinney, Brian Hull, Kate Coseo, and Josh Kercsmar) along with Associate Director of Admissions Emily Valli, traveled to Tacoma, Washington, to explore models of immersive learning and meet with potential partners. The trip included visits to the Science and Math Institute (SAMI) and University of Puget Sound, as well as meetings with Metro Parks Tacoma, the director of Pierce Conservation District, and other local sustainability-related organizations. The team returned with two main takeaways. First, SAMI and Puget Sound have much to offer in the way of models for F2Y curricula. In particular, these institutions have succeeded in designing immersive experiences that leverage context, and that nicely balance breadth and depth. They have also prioritized support for students and instructors who are involved in these experiences. Second, local people who are managing parks and leading sustainability initiatives are keen to employ Unity students as interns, and to continue dialogue with Unity College as we build out expeditions that can mutually benefit students and Tacoma.

 

The student life team worked with members of the academic design team to continue to develop the curriculum for fall 2019’s testbed experience, Wilderness and Place in Maine. This week the team focused on approaches to integrate within the testbed expedition a variety of opportunities to achieve outcomes currently addressed in Unity Experience and various student life offerings.

 

CADO Hutchinson, CSSO Doore, and I met with our external marketing consultant Linda Povey to continue to map out ways to communicate with various audiences about the value proposition of F2Y. In addition, the advancement team has developed a set of detailed questions related to the most recent draft of Wilderness and Place in Maine. FIT is working collectively to address these questions in order to provide advancement with what they need to promote the program and recruit students for fall.

 

And, just to be sure you’re still reading these updates carefully (not to bury the lede or anything!), the advancement team, working with marketing consultants, has recommended that F2Y be heretofore known as TERRAIN.  This name captures important elements of the learning experience for students, particularly the ethos of embarking on a journey during which one will encounter challenges and build resilience.  Before this name can be made official, however, we will be ensuring that all Trademark checks are completed.

 

How is the Campus Community Engaging in the Work?

On Thursday, February 28th, faculty members worked with the academic design team to identify key ideas for inclusion in modules that will form the basis of the general education curriculum in TERRAIN. Building on these ideas, the academic design team is revising and adding detail to the scope and sequence plan.

 

Earlier this week, CSSO Doore, CIO Audette, Registrar Kelsey Gilbert, and I met with our Portfolium Implementation Team leader, Ashley Hyman, to begin the process of setting up and implementing this tool in the fall. We are looking forward to leveraging it within TERRAIN and predict that it will help to support other assessment and career development initiatives at Unity.

 

Maybe it’s because we have a name now, or maybe it’s the change in perspective that comes when the sun sets after 3:49 PM, but I feel we’ve made great strides in the design work within the last couple of weeks . Thanks to everyone on the team and throughout our community for your continued hard work and support.

 

— Jen

 

 

Jennifer L. Cartier, Ph.D.

Director of Curricular Innovation

Associate Professor of Education

Unity College

Unity, Maine 04998

(412) 215-6511

 

Office: Unity House, Room 2

F2Y Office: Constable Hall