UBC MIX announces first partnership!



I’m pleased to announce UBC MIX’s first partnership: Science One Biology and HIST 104!

This partnership is a great one and the faculty involved are certainly diving into it head first.

There are several components to this partnership. I’m going to go ahead and outline what the plan is.

There will be 4 joint classes over the course of the term. Each of these classes will involve a different activity that will bring the students together. These activities include a case study, a joint video, and a guest lecture discussing ecology and conservation.

The students will also be paired up as pen-pals and discuss the activities between each other from the students respective perspectives. These pen-pal communications will be worth 5% of the student’s grade.

The final activity that the students will be working on will be a project in groups of four. These groups will have to compile a small report after exploring, identifying, and photographing various trees in the campus ecosystem. This assignment will be worth 10% of the HIST students grade and an amount TBD in Science One.

Everyone involved in the project is very excited about the upcoming semester and to see the UBC MIX model in action. We’ll be sure to keep you posted on the partnership as it moves forward.

We are still looking for more partnerships for September, if you are interested in getting involved send an e-mail to ubc.mix (at) gmail (dot) com. For more information check out our temporary homepage here. This is only one example of a partnership. There are many other options, many that are not as involved as this.

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Geoff is a 5th year student who studying a double major in Integrated Science (Evolutionary ecology, virology) and Political Science. He was the 'Wish' speaker at the 2008 Terry Talks and is passionate about university education, especially when it comes to interdisciplinary experiences. After graduation Geoff wants to find a job that allows him to meet people from all sorts of backgrounds and share stories. If your savvy enough you can follow Geoff on Twitter - user: gcosteloe.

5 Responses to “UBC MIX announces first partnership!”

  1. Jacqueline

    That is superb. I’ve been waiting to hear about this for a while. My heart beats like that of a child who just caught a glimpse of a budding baby sprout from someone’s great tree planting work.

  2. Jess H. Brewer

    It would be wonderful if someone from History could attempt to reproduce Stephen Straker’s famous lectures to Science One, in which he invited the students to convince him of the obviously ludicrous claims that the Earth is a sphere and revolves about the Sun. We miss him!

  3. Tiffany Tong

    Great job! I wish I was back in Science One for this….

  4. Blake Frederick

    I’m very happy to see this getting off the ground.

    I’ve always encouraged an increased push to interdisciplinarity at UBC, but at the same time I have been cautious to advocate for a learning curriculum that is overly disjointed. It is extremely important for students to find and be a part of a learning community and I believe that under the current structure of learning at UBC, a student who takes a sampling of courses from various faculties will be less likely to become a member of a learning community.

    UBC MIX seems to solve this problem. Students are able to partake in cross-faculty experiences without having to explore too far out of their learning communities. faculty experiences

  5. Celeste

    This is going to be exciting! Thanks, Geoff, for your great idea.

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