Trade off as a way of thinking: An interdisciplinary undergraduate course and learning experience in technology / STEM education at Purdue Polytechnic

Trade Off Curve
Trade Off Curve

In Spring 2015, together with my colleagues, Michael Smith, Abrar Hammoud, and Davin Huston I developed a multidisciplinary learning experience whose main goal is to help students acquire competencies related to problem formulation, design thinking, ethical and critical thinking, advanced persuasive speaking, and deep reading. Creativity doubled by rigorous research are also a part of the process.

The course serves technology students within Purdue’s competency-baed education Transdisciplinary Studies Program. The program is part of the Purdue Polytechnic and is a major attempt to reconsider the manner and goals for undergraduate teaching education in STEM. The course was also inspired by my collaboration with Fatma Mili in the Transform Stem Program (http://transformstem.org)

The course focuses on a series of projects that train the students to become problem solvers and complex storytellers. Thus, the course has two goals, one substantive and the other methodological.

The course content can be found below… Feel free to comment or contact us with feedback…

Sorin Adam Matei

Purdue University

Sorin Adam Matei

Sorin Adam Matei – Professor of Communication at Purdue University – studies the relationship between information technology and social groups. He published papers and articles in Journal of Communication, Communication Research, Information Society, and Foreign Policy. He is the author or co-editor of several books. The most recent is Structural differentation in social media. He also co-edited Ethical Reasoning in Big Data,Transparency in social media and Roles, Trust, and Reputation in Social Media Knowledge Markets: Theory and Methods (Computational Social Sciences) , all three the product of the NSF funded KredibleNet project. Dr. Matei’s teaching portfolio includes online interaction, and online community analytics and development classes. His teaching makes use of a number of software platforms he has codeveloped, such as Visible Effort . Dr. Matei is also known for his media work. He is a former BBC World Service journalist whose contributions have been published in Esquire and several leading Romanian newspapers. In Romania, he is known for his books Boierii Mintii (The Mind Boyars), Idolii forului (Idols of the forum), and Idei de schimb (Spare ideas).

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