Human and Environmental Geography Experiential Learning Initiative

TitleHuman and Environmental Geography Experiential Learning Initiative
Duration3 Years
Project Summary

The Learning Initiative, drawing on UBC’s Place and Promise Plan of student lead activities providing firsthand research experience while engaging with communities and the environment in a sustainable way, aims to produce an innovative and student-driven experience with relevant curricula and learning tools for undergraduate Geography and UBC students. The two-course initiative (a BC-based 3rd year and an international 4th year) allows students to engage locally and internationally providing them with a capstone experience whereby they learn by doing, a cornerstone of geographical research. The Initiative would engage and enrich, but not overlap, upon existing projects in Geography involved in a transformation of curriculum in new and innovative ways, and putting into practice learning occurring in class. The initiative engages with colleagues across UBC in collaborative development of pedagogies, resources and curriculum on intercultural understanding, international engagement and sustainability (both environmental and social), and draws on UBC students for design and participation in the initiative.

Funding Details
Year 1: Project YearYear 1
Year 1: Funding Year2014/2015
Year 1: Project TypeSmall TLEF
Year 1: Principal InvestigatorSiobhán McPhee
Year 1: Funded Amount29,200
Year 1: Team Members

Siobhán McPhee, Geography, Faculty of Arts
Loch Brown, Geography, Faculty of Arts
Sally Hermansen, Geography, Faculty of Arts
Matthew Evenden, Geography, Faculty of Arts
David Edgington, Geography, Faculty of Arts
Daniel Hiebert, Geography, Faculty of Arts
John Robinson, Geography, Faculty of Arts
Graeme Wynn, Geography, Faculty of Arts
Shona Ellis, Associate Dean, Biology, Faculty of Science
John Bass, School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, Faculty of Arts
Andrew Riseman, Faculty of Land and Food Systems
Janette Bulkan, Forest Resource Management, Faculty of Forestry
Julie Wagemaker, Liu Institute for Global Issues
Debra Martel, First Nations House of Learning
Heather Turnbull, Community Based Learning Initiative
Brittany Jang, Geography Student Association (Academic Representative)
Kelsey Brooks, International Relations Student Association (President)

Year 2: Project YearYear 2
Year 2: Funding Year2015/2016
Year 2: Project TypeSmall TLEF
Year 2: Principal InvestigatorSiobhán McPhee
Year 2: Funded Amount16,200
Year 2: Team Members

Siobhán McPhee, Geography, Faculty of Arts
Loch Brown, Geography, Faculty of Arts

Year 2: TLEF ShowcaseYear 2: TLEF Showcase
Year 3: Project YearYear 3
Year 3: Funding Year2016/2017
Year 3: Project TypeSmall TLEF
Year 3: Principal InvestigatorSiobhán McPhee
Year 3: Funded Amount4,176
Year 3: Team Members

Siobhán McPhee, Geography, Faculty of Arts
Loch Brown, Geography, Faculty of Arts

Year 3: TLEF ShowcaseYear 3: TLEF Showcase
Project Report2016-TLEF-SP-Final-Report-McPhee-WEB.pdf