Award-winning students present at the Leddy Library Collaboratory to VP-Business Operations Neelam Sandhu on ways that BlackBerry can further support their commitment to the UNGlobal Compact. BlackBerry is actively working on 2 of the pitches recommended by students.
In the course Ways of Knowing, undergraduate students from across campus engage in on/off-campus activities and workshops to understand and work towards human flourishing. Two of the proposed projects are now being launched at BlackBerry.
Learn more about the in the Daily News:
- Course partnership with BlackBerry to develop pitch skills (UWindsor Daily News, September 17, 2020)
- Project presentations a learning experience for students (UWindsor Daily News, February 18, 2020)
- Public invited to hear student proposals for Ojibway shores (UWindsor Daily News, March 31, 2020)
Award-winning students win first place for their proposal to the Leddy Library in Fall 2019.
Students who have taken Ways of Knowing and Ways of Doing have often spoken on behalf of UWindsor students at events, for initiatives, and for UWindsor promotions.
- Kennedy Murray (Housing Crisis)
- Fardovza Kusow
- Stephanie Gonçalves
- Linden Crain
- Noah Campbell
- Katrina Bahnam
- Crystal Bryan
For more information about the course as curriculum research please review the following paper which was presented at the Human Development and Capabilities Approach conference in June 2020. This is the extended paper:
Brunet, Timothy A.; Shaban, Hassan; and Gonçalves, Stephanie. (2020). The Capability Approach: A Proposed Framework for Experiential Learning in The Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.. 2020 HDCA Conference – Online (Auckland, NZ). https://scholar.uwindsor.ca/ctlpub/7
Past community partners include:
- BlackBerry Canada (VP Business Operations - Neelam Sandhu) - In this community challenge, students proposed ways that BlackBerry could further engage with the UNGlobal Compact
- University of Windsor's Leddy Library - In this community challenge, students proposed ways that the library could further engage students in their proposed renovations to the facility.
- Federal Member of Parliament Brian Masse - In this community challenge, students pitched potential features for the proposed Ojibway Shores Urban National Park. Both Honourable Brian Masse and award-winning environmentalist Dr. John Hartig were guest speakers in the course.
- EPICentre participant and small business owner Ola Ahmed Kindness Café
In the course, you will:
- apply de Bono's six thinking hats (a parallel thinking exercise used by large industrial organizations),
- apply strategies for finding, managing, and navigating knowledge within human and online networks,
- apply Kolb's Experiential Learning Cycle (an adaptive learning process where students integrate personal narratives, reflections, concrete experiences and abstract conceptualizations),
- begin to apply the Human Development and Capabilities Approach - (a multi-disciplinary approach that:
- underpins the Human Development Index and Human Development Reports for the United Nations,
- is used as a framework to evaluate and benchmark human rights and to further the work of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in academic settings,
- is used as a multi-dimensional framework to measure wellbeing, poverty, and riches,
- is used as a framework to evaluate policy in a multi-dimensional and inter-disciplinary way).
The course Ways of Knowing has no graded multiple-choice assessments, no midterms or final examination. The course assesses the skills and competencies in authentic contexts such as evaluations of community challenges, online networking exercises, and reflective practices.
This course is a listed partner for the Sustainability Development Goals with the United Nations.
Updated: August 17, 2021.