Aug 2018

Article on teaching and learning with Detroit Urban Farming Case published in CSE

Peer reviewed publication ‘Collaborative Creation and Implementation of a Michigan Sustainability Case on Urban Farming in Detroit’ was published in Case Studies in the Environment of the University of California Press. The article demonstrates and suggests a new case study pedagogy through the MSC case on Detroit Urban Farming’s production, deployment, and iteration processes.

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June 2018

Gala Author Tools Launched

Gala, MSC’s open access learning platform for sustainability science, launched its author tools during Galaxy 2018.

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June 2018

Galaxy 2018

In partnership with U-M SEAS, MSC hosted Galaxy, its inaugural face-to-face sustainability learning exchange from June 7-9, 2018. Held at the University of Michigan Rackham Building with special events in downtown Ann Arbor, the gathering brought together faculty, students, and practitioners from various sectors and institutions to develop cases and explore innovative ways to link sustainability teaching, research, and community engagement for problem solving.

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May 2018

Co-creation of a Chinese-English Bi-lingual Case about the Red Flag Canal

In May 2018, an MSC team traveled to China to work with students and faculty from Tsinghua University China Case Center for Public Policy & Management and co-produce a case about the Red Flag Canal in Henan province, known as “the Great Wall of Water.”

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2017 MSC Strategic Advisors Meeting participants
Oct 2017

First MSC Strategic Advisors Meeting

The weekend of Oct 13-15, 2017 brought together a group of local, national, and international collaborators to exchange insights about the future of case-based learning and explore areas for more formal partnership. Attendees included participants from Harvard University, the Indian School of Business, the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center, Tsinghua University (China), Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Yale University, along with Academic Innovation and School for Environment and Sustainability (University of Michigan), and the City of Ann Arbor.

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Feb 2017

Baltimore Smart Meters case published in Sustainability: The Journal of Record

After being published on MSC learning platform, the Baltimore Smart Meters case was peer reviewed and published in Sustainability: The Journal of Record as ‘University of Michigan Sustainability Teaching Case Smarting over Smart Meters: Does Smart Grid Technology Have a Home in Maryland?’. This piece includes the main narrative and some Edgenotes of the digital case and is intended to reach a broader audience.

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Oct 2016

The Baltimore case goes to Baltimore

On Monday Oct 10, the Baltimore case is going to be showcased in a networking session during the 2016 AASHE meeting. This session will bring the case back to Baltimore and bring together both practitioners and educators to share their experiences and ideas on how this new sustainability education tool can create more environmentally sound and educationally exciting colleges and universities.

July 2016

Adaptation in Ethiopia MSC article published in WDP

Telling the story of how the Ethiopia case came together, ‘A National Adaptation Programme of Action: Ethiopia’s responses to climate change’ was published in WDP. The article also introduces the various scholars and practitioners who contributed to the podcast.

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June 2016

First MSC academic article published in WDP

‘Towards a revolution in sustainability education: Vision, architecture, and assessment in a case-based approach ’ was peer reviewed and published in World Development Perspectives. The article provides an overview of the MSC project, presenting its core pedagogical theories, expected impact, and initial positive assessment results.

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Wolf case being used in Gabon
June 2016

Wolf Wars case translated and taught in Gabon

In collaboration with the REFRESCH project, this MSC was translated into French and then ‘taught’ by a combination of National Park Agency Administrators, University Professors and Vocational High School Instructors at a workshop on the historic grounds of the Nobel Prize winning Albert Schweitzer Hospital in Lambaréné, Gabon.

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first MSC curricular advisors meeting
April 2016

First Curricular Advisors meeting

Curricular advisors from diverse sectors gathered to review submitted proposals for potential MSCs, and provide input on which would receive support to help them come to fruition.

Winter 2016

Initial assessment

Initial quantitative and qualitative assessments have been conducted in both undergraduate and graduate level classes on the UM campus, as well as during orientation sessions at the UM Biostation in northern Michigan.

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Winter 2016

From an idea to implementation: Pilot cases

MSCs have been taught in an undergraduate course on Culture, Environment and Adaptation, and a graduate courses on Non Profit Management Approaches. Several are also being adapted for eventual use in grad courses on Environmental Economics, and Urban Sustainability. Student discussion groups produced feedback on the first implementation of cases that is shaping their further use in the classroom.

March 2016

Partnership for academic innovation

MSC joined forced with University of Michigan’s Office of Academic Innovation, a pioneer in using digitally enhanced tools for better teaching.

Feb 2016

Partnership with a scholarly journal

To bring MSC case research to a broader audience, MSC partnered with Elsevier’s World Development Perspectives (WDP) journal. The journal promised to publish one to three MSCs in each issue.

November 2015

Resources secured

The MSC initiative won a 4-year 1.6 million dollar grant to build a case-based curriculum for the sustainability field. The grant was dispersed in January 2016.

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Summer 2015

The incubation stage

Inspired by case-based teaching and the It’s Hot in Here radio show, the MSC team sat down together to put ideas for new, multimodal cases into a project proposal.

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