Jaclyn Bruneau, Becky Till, and Michelle Vandermoor are three students attending CityStudio, a collaboration between the six public post-secondary institutions and the City of Vancouver in an effort to have students design and implement projects supplementary to the Greenest City 2020 goals.
CityStudio is regarded as SFU's Undergraduate Semester in Dialogue's "Semester in the City," fusing the upper-level stream for interdisciplinary students with the opportunity to learn beyond classroom walls and engage with local community. The program is formed around dialogue, inviting thought leaders from the public, private, non-profit and academic domains into an equalizing conversation devoid of formal presentations and on the premise that everyone is an expert of their own experience.
Students learn through the dialogue process and complete projects under the guidance and advice of people in the very fields in which the projects aim to leverage change. Instead of working around a numerical grade, students devote energy toward ensuring the projects are as meaningful as possible.
In lieu of this style of learning and through a series of four blog entries, the three will explore what makes CityStudio unique and important as a consideration for the development of education as a field.
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