Thunder in Our Voices: Inquiry Based Learning

Title Thunder in Our Voices: Inquiry Based Learning
Faculty/College/Unit Applied Science
Status Active
Duration 1 Year
Initiation 04/01/2017
Funding Details
Year 1: Project Year Year 1
Year 1: Funding Year 2017/2018
Year 1: Project Type Large TLEF
Year 1: Principal Investigator Gordon Christie
Year 1: Funded Amount 31,000
Year 1: Project Status Active
Year 1: Team Members

Linc Kesler, Director / Sr. Advisor to the President on Aboriginal Affairs / Associate Professor, First Nations Studies Program and English
Michael Jackson, Professor, Faculty of Law
Hans Schreier, Professor Emeritus, Land and Food Systems
Sally Thorne, Professor, Nursing / Associate Dean, Faculty Affairs, Applied Science

Project Summary

Berger during the Mackenzie Valley Pipeline Inquiry. Over the last few years Professor Jackson has worked with Dr. Gordon Christie to organize three "interactive challenges" - non-fiction games based on key issues and actual testimony from the Inquiry. In each challenge, students are asked to compare the evidence given by scientists and social scientists - many of them from UBC - with the testimony of Dene and Inuvialuit from 30 villages in the north. Then students are asked to "put themselves in Judge Berger's chair" and to find the solution that is best for Canada. These interactive challenges encourage lateral thinking and debate. The best solutions uncover unexpected linkages between the evidence presented at the Formal and Community hearings of the Inquiry. To make the challenges more interesting, some of the links have been disguised to provide a game-like intensity to the classroom experience.