This past fall, professor of Environmental Science Cinzia Fissore and the students of her ENST/INTD362 course, “Resources-People- Innovations,” engaged in a semester-long project aimed at developing a website using Whittier.Domains that described sustainability efforts at Whittier College. The project was partly funded by a DigLibArts grant to Prof. Cinzia Fissore.
Professor Fissore describes the project as follows:
“The content of the website was the result of extensive research conducted by the students in various areas, namely landscaping, recycling, food production and composting, water use, and energy use. The final result is a living product that other groups, ideally faculty and their class, will use and implement to further explore the field of sustainability and use of resources in relation to various disciplines.
The project proved to be successful in that it exposed students to issues and challenges associated with implementing sustainability efforts at the local scale, such as Whittier College, and it was well integrated in the course material. Additionally, students acquired experience developing a website and learning about copyright and privacy, all of which represent a valuable transportable skill. Challenges were primarily related to the limited time available to undertake such an extensive work while dedicating time to other class material, but the students, with their enthusiasm and commitment, took ownership over the website and delivered an excellent product.”
One student described the course in this way:
“Resources, People and Innovation was very educational in more than just the classroom setting. We were intitally split into groups and the students decided what the course would focus on (within the parameters of working towards campus sustainability.) Each group gathered different facts and figures about current campus conditions in water and energy usage, landscape, urban gardening and recylcing. We were given a lot of autonomy in how we went about gathering information and were given significant class time to bring forth any complications that arose. This course not only showed us how to gather information and make valid assessments for what could be done to improve current conditions but also gave us the backbone of how to make a website appealing with the fundamentals of WordPress. Professor Fissore was a remarkable teacher because she allowed the students to teach each other. Overall, I would highly recommend the course and professor to students.”
This result of this ambitious project can be viewed by clicking on the image above. For more information on DigLibArts grants or about how you might undertake a similar project in your own project contact Anne Cong-Huyen in DigLibArts!