This paper presents an experience of interactive teaching and learning on sustainability in site selection and field investigations. The primary sites written about in this paper were severely impacted by debris flow from the 2013 flood in Boulder County, Colorado. Debris flow is a deadly disaster, altering landforms through debris catchment, the flow track, and the impact area. This interactive pedagogy includes lectures, field investigations, class debates, and final presentations and essays. Students were excited about their interactive discoveries and learned that considering large-scale factors in site selection is critical to avoid potential failures. Class debates help students develop their ability to articulate and evaluate arguments, increasing communication among classmates. As a result, their presentations and essays have demonstrated outstanding learning outcomes and critical thinking. This experiment of interactive teaching indicates that the professor is not merely a knowledge deliverer but also a learning facilitator.

Author: Ping Xu

Published in: Canada International Conference on Education, 2023

  • Date of Conference: 26-28 June, 2023
  • DOI: 10.20533/CICE.2023.0024
  • Electronic ISBN: 978-1-913572-58-7
  • Conference Location: Residence and Conference Centre, Toronto, Canada