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Monday, May 11 • 2:05pm - 2:35pm
Coast Mountain College: Experiential, Place-Based Learning

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Coast Mountain College’s BHAG (Big Hairy Audacious Goal) is to become the college of choice for experiential, place-based learning by 2027.  With this goal in mind, courses at Coast Mountain College (CMTN) are designed to provide authentic real-world educational experiences. Field schools are an innovative way to provide this type of experience and are regular offerings for many of our science and anthropology programs; but offering field schools in our Faculty of Business was something more unique.
In 2019, Evan Van Dyk transformed two, one-semester-long, 3-credit courses: MGMT 201-Entrepreneurship and MARK 150-Introduction to Marketing into a 17-day, 6-credit, condensed field school called “Opportunities in the Skeena.” With their instructor, students spent two and a half weeks onsite at the North Pacific Cannery Historic Site in Port Edward, at K’san Campground, on the Gitxsan traditional territory, and working with other businesses and non-profits in Terrace and Smithers, BC. Students were tasked with “assessing the challenges that entrepreneurs face while operating businesses in the Skeena region, performing research and assisting in designing strategies to meet the region’s unique needs.”
The decision to transform these courses into a Field School was not just in keeping with the college’s BHAG, it was also to incorporate the principles of Universal Design of Learning (UDL) into the course delivery. Meyer, Rose and Gordon (2014) suggest that students be provided with authentic, real world experiences, opportunities for group collaboration and frequent formative feedback to better reach their academic goals. Another suggested UDL principle, providing multiple means of assessment, was built into the course allowing students to demonstrate their learning through a variety of hands-on and real-world experiences throughout the course.
In this 30-minute workshop, Evan will present the successes and challenges of this field school with a focus on how to transform a regular business course into an experiential, place-based adventure that appeals to learners who need success measured outside of regular classroom situations. Evan will discuss how to condense content, design assignments and assessments to incorporate UDL principles, as well as what he learned working on First Nation’s Lands and with Indigenous Communities.

Meyer, A., Rose, D.H., & Gordon, D. (2014) Universal design for learning: Theory and practice, Wakefield MA: CAST

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Evan van Dyk

Instructor, Coast Mountain College
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Tracey Woodburn

Learning Transformation Specialist, Coast Mountain College


Monday May 11, 2020 2:05pm - 2:35pm
Ballroom 2
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