fulbright Taiwan online journal

fulbright Taiwan online journal

Author: Brianna Buljung 布蕾娜

Brianna Buljung 布蕾娜
Brianna Buljung is the Teaching and Learning Librarian and Associate Library Faculty at the Colorado School of Mines where she collaborates with instructors to incorporate research skills, critical thinking and source evaluation into the curriculum. Prior to joining Mines in 2016, she served as Engineering and Computer Science Librarian at the US Naval Academy and as a contract Reference Librarian at the National Defense University. She earned her Masters of Library and Information Science at the University of Denver in 2011.

Lessons from my Mini-UN: Teaching History in an International Classroom

While preparing for my teaching grant at Tunghai University, International College Dean, Dr. James Sims, asked me to design a world history course that introduced students to foundational concepts from history and geography. His request was particularly exciting to me because I have a passion for history, but don’t often get to pursue this interest as a Science, Engineering, Technology and Math (STEM) librarian at the Colorado School of Mines (Mines). As course development began, I knew that as a librarian, I also wanted to incorporate the opportunity to practice research and information evaluation skills in class. From these goals came my course, History and Geography for our Interconnected World. Fulbright scholars with Dr. Nadeau and Tunghai University President Me outside the Tunghai University Library Over 13 weeks, 43 students and I worked our way through approximately 800 years of world history. We utilized the SPICE framework to explore the social; political; environmental [interactions], cultural and economic aspects of history. Covering that amount of content in a single, shortened semester can be very difficult for students to follow. It can also be difficult to connect events, people and cultural developments throughout history to their lives in the 21st century. To mitigate these concerns, I

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