Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 66.75
Liaison Victor Udo
Submission Date Nov. 18, 2022

STARS v2.2

Bucknell University
IN-50: Innovation D

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50
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Name or title of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Use of Outdoor Classes to Maintain Students Engagement During the COVID Pandemic

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome that outlines how credit criteria are met and any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation:
The Bucknell Center for Sustainability and the Environment (BCSE) implemented an innovative process to deal with the COVID pandemic and still maintain a high level of student engagement through the introduction of outdoor classes. The BCSE uses field excursions into coursework, in order to give students and faculty an immersive experience of class materials in the environment. To overcome the pandemic-related digital disconnect between students and professors, the BCSE was awarded the Mellon Confounding Problems Grant and constructed an outdoor classroom. There has been interdisciplinary participation in outdoor classes offered by the BCSE. Professors from all three colleges bring their students to the outdoor setup in order to teach in a different setting. Students enjoyed this change of scenery, with many other professors citing an interest in using the space.

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