The BRAID: Experiments in Interdisciplinary Teaching

Presented by: Ryan Sweeder 

The BRAID project focuses on improving the introductory science education at the Lyman Briggs College of Michigan State University.

These reforms are the foundation of an NSF-funded multiyear research project into inspiring an interdisciplinary understanding of science in first- and second-year science students. Our five different models tested will be described along with the lessons learned. Our research suggests that interdisciplinary efforts require explicit activities and multiple faculty members.  We will also describe our current model in depth (supplementary seminars co-taught by faculty from different disciplines).  Assessment of the project includes longitudinal study of changes in student and faculty attitudes and aptitudes as we seek to create a model for teaching interdisciplinary knowledge and skills that will prove efficient, sustainable and flexible in multiple institutional settings.