Presentation on theme: "Discussion Forum: Master’s Program Offering at Yukon College."— Presentation transcript:
Discussion Forum: Master’s Program Offering at Yukon College
Graduate Programs – Phase 1 April – June 2013 Kicked-off project Completed 27 interviews with internal and external representatives Distributed survey via online list-serve Received 26 responses Presented final report and recommendations for moving forward based on these responses
Graduate Programs – What We Heard Program Professional Master’s Program Has a Certificate option Delivered in a blended delivery format Instructors Existing faculty, adjuncts, local Ph.D. holders (ideally with teaching experience)
Graduate Programs – What We Heard Academic Focus Climate-induced environmental change in the north Interdisciplinary Practically apply climate change lens to existing disciplines Science background not required Focus on science / policy interface Credible credential is offered
Graduate Programs – Phase 2 July – September, 2013 Performed a gap analysis on the development and delivery of graduate- level programming Made recommendations for moving forward
Northern Environmental Changes and Community Adaptation Introductory course Examine impact of climate-induced environmental change on a variety of factors and local responses to them (policies and decision-making processes) Course will run from July 15 – Sept. 30 Field component from Aug. 16 – Aug. 29
2 Week Field Component Issued an Expression of Interest for relevant, community-based project work that is meaningful to communities and to students Projects must be funded Related to course outcomes studying biological, cultural, geological, or socio-economic impacts of climate change. assessing the responses to these impacts by community, territorial, federal or First Nation governments.
Potential Project Types Assessing trends in long-term freeze/thaw data; Assessing impacts to food security resulting from long-term temperature changes; Documenting evidence of cultural changes; Cataloguing culturally important plants; Investigating alternative energy or food sources to increase community resiliency; Studying the impacts of traditional land use on community health; or Developing a workplan for an existing project.
Discussion #1 What would a course like this have to offer in order to be of interest to you or other YG employees? What does Yukon College need to consider when offering a course intended for professional development?
Discussion #2 Given your experiences with community- based field programs, what lessons have you learned from previous offerings? Realities of working with communities Logistics
Discussion #3 What does Yukon College need to consider if we were to initiate discussion with YG about instructional opportunities for qualified YG employees?
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