Instructional Design Gallery
Learning Element: Community Engagement and Dam Removal Website
The Community Engagement and Dam Removal website was developed for American Rivers in an effort to transition in-person workshop content to a more in-depth online course. The website is designed in Wordpress and functions as a learning management system. It provides a straightforward organizational framework that delivers weekly lessons and serves as a connector for student-student and faculty-student interaction.
Activity: Similkameen Story Challenge
Similkameen is a storytelling activity designed to stimulate collaboration and foster a sense of community among class participants. Using social media tools (i.e., Twitter and Storify), students work in teams to create a story or “essay” in response to a given prompt. This asynchronous exercise challenges students to interact and learn from their peers while simultaneously providing them the flexibility to work in whatever modality most appeals to their learning style.
Lesson: Identifying Real Barriers
Identifying Real Barriers is a lesson designed to help students master mindful listening techniques so that they can better understand community concerns and/or desires. This lesson is part of a month-long online course on community engagement designed for American Rivers. After introducing students to resources in effective listening and mindful interviewing, students can integrate practice with real-life experience by interviewing local community members or download and reflect on an oral history. This activity provides a chance to practice listening skills and to engender empathy. It also includes a blend of activities that gives students the opportunity to share new insights and ideas.
Workshop: Understanding Risk
Understanding Risk: Sediment Management at Dam Removal Project Sites is a three-hour workshop designed to ensure river restoration practitioners understand that evaluating the potential for risk is an important component of appropriately designing and scoping a successful, constructible river restoration project. Participants will leave the workshop with the ability to draft a scope of work and management plan for handling sediment at dam removal project sites. They will also have a greater understanding of evaluating risk and the role it plays in appropriately scoping and designing river restoration projects.