STM_503_Interdisciplinary Pedagogical Methods for STEAM (Online) - Fall 2020
Special Courses
Skill Level: Beginner

Course Description:

This course provides teaching methodologies for different subject-matter through interdisciplinary projects. Participants will explore the diverse methods to integrate disciplines; and will dive deeper into the purpose, benefits, and limitations of integrated curriculums. Techniques for integrating subjects within traditional courses will be explored. Participants will analyze the role of teacher, student, school, and community in creating an integrated STEAM learning environment; they will relate this to their context and develop their own ideas for how to implement these concepts. Within STEAM practices; collaboration, engagement, and inquiry are core. These will be the core concepts explored in depth in this course with a focus on inquiry and inquiry-based learning. Through group discussions, group and individual projects, and presentations, students will learn how to apply these concepts in a STEAM class and design an integrated STEAM unit.


Course Objectives:

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Connect between STEAM as an education system and the pedagogies and concepts covered in STM 501/STM 500.

  2. Explore the origins of STEAM as an education system and how it impacts our part of the world.

  3. Analyze the integration levels in designing integrated curriculums.

  4. Explore the role of teachers/students in STEAM learning environment.

  5. Explore the role of the school in STEAM learning environment.

  6. Identify STEAM practices.

  7. Analyze the role of inquiry in the learning processes and especially in learning sciences.

  8. Design a lesson plan based on inquiry-based learning.

  9. Design the objectives of a STEAM unit.

  10. Construct flow for a STEAM unit.

  11. Construct detailed design for a STEAM unit.

  12. Collaborate with other colleagues to achieve tasks and projects.

  13. Reflect on experiences and drive ideas and conclusions from them.

This is an online course, so all classes and content will be conducted through the Moodle platform. The topics and flow are outlined in the syllabus.