Employing Model-Based Reasoning in Socio-Environmental Synthesis (EMBeRS)

EMBeRS Training Materials

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Share Your Research (Pennington)

Goal: Participants gain practice representing and sharing their research with others, and engaging in active listening techniques. They deconstruct the elements that contributed to learning other perspectives.
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Challenges and Opportunities in Interdisciplinary Teamwork (Pennington)

Goal: Participants are introduced to key terminology in team science. They become aware of a range of challenges in cross-disciplinary research and are introduced to some key factors that enable/disable successful collaboration. They are introduced to the EMBeRS method.
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Dispositional Characteristics (Gosselin)

Part 1 Goal: Explore the potentially important influence that dispositional characteristics can have on collaboration and the effectiveness of interdisciplinary teams
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Part 2 Goal: Apply individual dispositional characteristics to informing the process of collaboration and improve the effectiveness of interdisciplinary teams.
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Handout: Six Motivational Drivers Assessment EMBeRS Data Collection

Disciplinary Cultures (Gosselin)

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Handout Facilitation Tips
Toolbox Instrument EMBeRS Data Collection


What is Environment? (Habron)

Goal: The goal is to determine the initial views of what learners' view when they hear the term “environment.” The second goal is to foster shared awareness and understanding of multiple perspectives and understandings of the term environment. The third goal is to work toward generating a shared view of environment.

Who are the Stakeholders? (Gosselin)

Goal:Explore the importance and process of engaging and managing stakeholders in interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary projects
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Handout: Risk in the Mexico City Basin Handout: Know Your Stakeholders Handout: Stakeholder Communications Worksheet Handout: Power Interest Grid Assessment EMBeRS Data Collection

Explore the Problem Space (Pennington)

Goal: identify and share perspectives on a complex environmental problem, from different disciplinary perspectives. They will develop a shared problem model by co-creating a mind map of the issues.
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Using Frameworks (Pennington)

Goal: Translate the issues they have previously identified into a standard representation, or “framework” that structures the issues in particular ways.
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Systems Thinking 1: Attributes and relationships (Pennington)

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Systems Thinking 2: Tradeoffs (Pennington)

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Systems Thinking 3: Causal loops (Pennington)

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Systems Thinking 4: Tools that Integrate (Pennington)

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Mock Solicitation (Pennington)

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Designing, Developing and Piloting Interdisciplinary Activities

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Sustainability Course Design (Parnell)

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