William Paul Simmons

Professor, Gender and Women's Studies Director, Human Rights Practice Program 2020 CUES Distinguished Fellow

William Paul Simmons

Professor, Gender and Women's Studies Director, Human Rights Practice Program 2020 CUES Distinguished Fellow

Expanding the Campus and Global Reach of Problem-Based Learning Beyond Borders

I have developed an innovative and much-praised pedagogy branded Problem-Based Learning Beyond Borders (PBL-BB).  It involves engaging students, faculty, and community members in real-world problems raised by community members, especially marginalized communities.  It has served as the backbone of our very successful online graduate program in Human Rights Practice which requires students to complete community-engaged activities in each course, with many courses emphasizing how to work ethically and responsibly with marginalized communities.  My CUES project will further develop this pedagogy and expand its use at UArizona and globally. The project will contribute to scholarship on faculty adoption of innovative pedagogies, connect to other action learning initiatives on campus, and inform the upcoming a new PBL-BB-based BA Degree in Human Rights Practice. This question is also pressing within the framework of the COVID-19 crisis, which has stimulated interest in cutting-edge online pedagogies especially those involving the community. 


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Sophie S. Alves 
Graduate Research Associate, College of Social & Behavioral Sciences

Sophie S. Alves is a PhD candidate in Mexican American Studies at the University of Arizona, and a graduate research associate in professor William Simmons' project Expanding the Campus and Global Reach of Problem-Based Learning Beyond Borders.  Her work in the project ensures that students from historically marginalized communities can carve their own space within the academic system and thus pursue a long and fruitful path to success at the university level.  It also aims at participating in the retention and graduation of those students.

Publications

Hammer, L., Simmons, W., Klimanova, L., Ed. Elliott, K. (2021).  Multi-Nodal Virtual Exchange (VE) Pedagogy Across Continents.  International Virtual Exchange Conference: Conference Proceedings.

Presentations

MAY 2022: Brainstorming Workshop: Decolonizing Curriculum and Pedagogy in Human Rights and BeyondThe University and College Consortium on Human Rights Education (UCCHRE) Webinar (Virtual)

MAR 2022: Multi-Nodal Project-Based Learning in Central Asia: Avenues for Engagement, Innovative Practices and Pedagogies for Teaching Undergraduate International Development Studies Workshop, Tobias Center for Innovation in International Development, Indiana University Bloomington (Virtual)

OCT 2021: Multi-Nodal Virtual Exchange (VE) Pedagogy Across Continents2021 International Virtual Exchange (IVEC) Conference (Virtual)

2020 CUES Distinguished Fellows
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