Experiential Learning In Practice
The AAI Intensive is a one semester, intensive course where students stay in a consistent cohort as part of a single class and engage in field work spanning three to five subjects. This year the Intensive will be partnering with Utah State University to gather data on local watershed and will be presenting their findings to the Utah State Historical Society Seminar in October. For the second term, students will be shifting their focus to Climate data and implications for action and education.
The Great Salt Lake—one of Utah’s foremost symbols—is facing pressures like never before in modern history. Climate change, urban growth, water diversions, and benign neglect all threaten the future of this body of water that lies at the center of complex ecosystems, as well as our collective cultural identity.
Every week students draft a blog post outlining both the Intensive activities as well as significant findings. Each cohort takes a turn writing the Intensive Blog and relies heavily on their fieldwork and field journal to guide the post. Follow along as students travel from site to site tracing our local watershed from source to the Great Salt Lake.
The AAI Intensive focuses on water and its various impacts on individuals, systems, society, and the world. The fundamental questions that this course intends to answer centers on water, climate, and carbon. After all, we all live downstream, so what's the big deal anyway? Why does climate change keep showing up in headlines? What are we supposed to do to address concerns about water, carbon, climate, or environment?