Designing the EMBeRS Summer School

connecting stakeholders in learning, teaching and research

Kate Thompson, Antje Danielson, David Gosselin, Simon Knight, Roberto Martinez-Maldonado, Roderic Parnell, Deana Pennington, Julia Svoboda-Gouvea, Shirley Vincent, Penny Wheeler

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In this paper, we describe our research investigating design, teaching and learning aspects of the EMBeRS Summer School. In 2016, thirteen graduate Environmental Science students participated in a ten-day Summer School to learn about interdisciplinary approaches to researching socio-environmental systems. Using the Employing Model-Based Reasoning in Socio-Environmental Synthesis (EMBeRS) approach, students learned about wicked problems, team composition, systems thinking and modelling, stakeholder management, and communication. They applied this approach to their own research, as well as to a case study, in order to, ultimately, further the EMBeRS approach in their own institutions. Learning sciences researchers, environmental science instructors and learners collaborated in design, teaching, and learning during the 2016 Summer School in order to co-create and co-configure the tasks, social arrangements, and tools for learning, teaching and design. This paper identifies four examples of connections between the stakeholders (researchers, instructors and learners), the tools that facilitated the connection, and the implications for learning, teaching and design.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 25th International Conference on Computers in Education
Subtitle of host publicationtechnology and innovation: computer-based educational systems for the 21st century
EditorsWenli Chen, Jie-Chi Yang, Ahmad Fauzi Muhd Ayub, Su Luan Wong, Antonija Mitrovic
Place of PublicationNew Zealand
PublisherAsia-Pacific Society for Computers in Education
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9789869401265
Publication statusPublished - 23 Nov 2017
Externally publishedYes
Event International Conference on Computers in Education (25th : 2017) - Christchurch, New Zealand
Duration: 4 Dec 20178 Dec 2017


Conference International Conference on Computers in Education (25th : 2017)
CountryNew Zealand


  • interdisciplinary problem-solving
  • collaboration
  • learning
  • design

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