Community-based learning affords Lycoming students amazing opportunities for real-world, collaborative experiences. Read about how our students work to establish and nurture connections locally and abroad.
Connecting the World through Remote Teaching.
During a pandemic that prevented international travel, Lycoming College faculty and students worked together to continue providing students with a global perspective and an opportunity to learn through service. Education classes led by Dr. Rachel Hickoff-Cresko and Dr. Amy Rogers and Spanish courses taught by Dr. Sandra Kingery collaborated to bring interactive teaching methods to classrooms in Las Terrenas in the Dominican Republic by leveraging remote technology. As a continuation of the College’s committed partnership through the Interdisciplinary Dominican Republic Program and associated Warrior Coffee Project, students learned to apply a community-centered, needs-based approach in creating and delivering a variety of lessons.
The early childhood education class worked with the Anacaona Library on their remote storytelling project. They chose age-appropriate books and developed lesson plans and reading questions to better facilitate student engagement and understanding. Students in the modern languages class then worked on translating the materials into Spanish so that they could read the stories and pose questions developed by the education students to the audience, demonstrating interactive teaching strategies, in educational videos shared with Dominican Republican teachers. The secondary education course developed content lessons specific to the culture and region, with topics ranging from probability and metaphors in literature to coastal erosion and ocean conservation. College students learned to better identify community needs and gained a global perspective while providing teachers with supplementary teaching materials that serve as a model of interactive, student-centered pedagogy.
Ensuring Urban Stream Water Quality
When municipalities surrounding Lycoming College grew concerned about urban stream water quality, they enlisted the help of Lycoming College’s Clean Water Institute (CWI). By working in partnership with a team of CWI student interns, led by Dr. Leslie Rieck, the municipalities set out to achieve compliance with urban stormwater environmental regulations.
CWI interns employed a multi-pronged approach to address concerns, which saw them gain a deeper understanding of the community’s urban water chemistry and local aquatic life, as well as Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for a clearer picture of stormwater flows in relevant areas. The interns also connected with the community by conducting educational events for K-12 students and the general public, teaching local residents how they can address stormwater issues. An intern-built website (http://stormwater.lycoming.edu/) also aided in their education outreach efforts.
The work with surrounding municipalities has supported a number of Lycoming student research projects and poster presentations, as well as a publication featuring a student co-author, with many anticipated future learning endeavors. CWI has strengthened partnerships with community stakeholders who have the ability to offer internships, jobs, and other experiential community-based learning opportunities for CWI interns.