Coastal urbanization and environmental change

Opportunities for collaborative education across a global network university

John Burt, Mary Killilea, Suzanne Ciprut

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Abstract

Human populations are heavily concentrated on shorelines and growing urbanization is putting increasing pressure on coastal ecosystems around the globe. Many of the environmental challenges facing individual cities are shared by cities elsewhere, and there is increasing recognition that localized solutions being developed for a particular urban setting have the capacity to be scaled up to help resolve environmental issues in other parts of the world. In the past decade there has been rapid growth of the internationalization of higher education, and this provides an opportunity to explore environmental issues that have both local relevance and global importance for the next generation of decision makers. New York University has established itself as a ‘global network university’ with 3 major portal campuses and 11 academic sites spanning 13 nations on five continents. A novel undergraduate course, ‘Where the City Meets the Sea’ makes use of the opportunity presented by this global presence to study issues surrounding coastal urbanization and environmental change. Using a combination of interactive video conference lectures, asynchronous fieldwork and computer-based labs for data collection and analyses, and cross-campus collaborative assignments and projects, students from multiple NYU campuses are able to collaboratively explore issues around coastal urbanization by collecting and analyzing data from their local environment, and comparing these results with those of students at sites elsewhere in the globe. This approach allows students to deeply contextualize their understanding of global issues by fostering an understanding of the environmental challenges – and their solutions – that span local to global scales.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number100501
JournalRegional Studies in Marine Science
Volume26
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2019

Fingerprint

urbanization
education
environmental change
students
student
environmental issue
higher education
college students
human population
fieldwork
globalization
shoreline
ecosystems
city

Keywords

  • Academic technology
  • Distance learning
  • Environmental education
  • Interactive video conference
  • Internationalization
  • Urbanization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Aquatic Science
  • Ecology
  • Animal Science and Zoology

Cite this

Coastal urbanization and environmental change : Opportunities for collaborative education across a global network university. / Burt, John; Killilea, Mary; Ciprut, Suzanne.

In: Regional Studies in Marine Science, Vol. 26, 100501, 01.02.2019.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

@article{4341b9b8a6b64416b9249ab97f73ec55,
title = "Coastal urbanization and environmental change: Opportunities for collaborative education across a global network university",
abstract = "Human populations are heavily concentrated on shorelines and growing urbanization is putting increasing pressure on coastal ecosystems around the globe. Many of the environmental challenges facing individual cities are shared by cities elsewhere, and there is increasing recognition that localized solutions being developed for a particular urban setting have the capacity to be scaled up to help resolve environmental issues in other parts of the world. In the past decade there has been rapid growth of the internationalization of higher education, and this provides an opportunity to explore environmental issues that have both local relevance and global importance for the next generation of decision makers. New York University has established itself as a ‘global network university’ with 3 major portal campuses and 11 academic sites spanning 13 nations on five continents. A novel undergraduate course, ‘Where the City Meets the Sea’ makes use of the opportunity presented by this global presence to study issues surrounding coastal urbanization and environmental change. Using a combination of interactive video conference lectures, asynchronous fieldwork and computer-based labs for data collection and analyses, and cross-campus collaborative assignments and projects, students from multiple NYU campuses are able to collaboratively explore issues around coastal urbanization by collecting and analyzing data from their local environment, and comparing these results with those of students at sites elsewhere in the globe. This approach allows students to deeply contextualize their understanding of global issues by fostering an understanding of the environmental challenges – and their solutions – that span local to global scales.",
keywords = "Academic technology, Distance learning, Environmental education, Interactive video conference, Internationalization, Urbanization",
author = "John Burt and Mary Killilea and Suzanne Ciprut",
year = "2019",
month = "2",
day = "1",
doi = "10.1016/j.rsma.2019.100501",
language = "English (US)",
volume = "26",
journal = "Regional Studies in Marine Science",
issn = "2352-4855",
publisher = "Elsevier BV",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - Coastal urbanization and environmental change

T2 - Opportunities for collaborative education across a global network university

AU - Burt, John

AU - Killilea, Mary

AU - Ciprut, Suzanne

PY - 2019/2/1

Y1 - 2019/2/1

N2 - Human populations are heavily concentrated on shorelines and growing urbanization is putting increasing pressure on coastal ecosystems around the globe. Many of the environmental challenges facing individual cities are shared by cities elsewhere, and there is increasing recognition that localized solutions being developed for a particular urban setting have the capacity to be scaled up to help resolve environmental issues in other parts of the world. In the past decade there has been rapid growth of the internationalization of higher education, and this provides an opportunity to explore environmental issues that have both local relevance and global importance for the next generation of decision makers. New York University has established itself as a ‘global network university’ with 3 major portal campuses and 11 academic sites spanning 13 nations on five continents. A novel undergraduate course, ‘Where the City Meets the Sea’ makes use of the opportunity presented by this global presence to study issues surrounding coastal urbanization and environmental change. Using a combination of interactive video conference lectures, asynchronous fieldwork and computer-based labs for data collection and analyses, and cross-campus collaborative assignments and projects, students from multiple NYU campuses are able to collaboratively explore issues around coastal urbanization by collecting and analyzing data from their local environment, and comparing these results with those of students at sites elsewhere in the globe. This approach allows students to deeply contextualize their understanding of global issues by fostering an understanding of the environmental challenges – and their solutions – that span local to global scales.

AB - Human populations are heavily concentrated on shorelines and growing urbanization is putting increasing pressure on coastal ecosystems around the globe. Many of the environmental challenges facing individual cities are shared by cities elsewhere, and there is increasing recognition that localized solutions being developed for a particular urban setting have the capacity to be scaled up to help resolve environmental issues in other parts of the world. In the past decade there has been rapid growth of the internationalization of higher education, and this provides an opportunity to explore environmental issues that have both local relevance and global importance for the next generation of decision makers. New York University has established itself as a ‘global network university’ with 3 major portal campuses and 11 academic sites spanning 13 nations on five continents. A novel undergraduate course, ‘Where the City Meets the Sea’ makes use of the opportunity presented by this global presence to study issues surrounding coastal urbanization and environmental change. Using a combination of interactive video conference lectures, asynchronous fieldwork and computer-based labs for data collection and analyses, and cross-campus collaborative assignments and projects, students from multiple NYU campuses are able to collaboratively explore issues around coastal urbanization by collecting and analyzing data from their local environment, and comparing these results with those of students at sites elsewhere in the globe. This approach allows students to deeply contextualize their understanding of global issues by fostering an understanding of the environmental challenges – and their solutions – that span local to global scales.

KW - Academic technology

KW - Distance learning

KW - Environmental education

KW - Interactive video conference

KW - Internationalization

KW - Urbanization

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=85059863441&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=85059863441&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1016/j.rsma.2019.100501

DO - 10.1016/j.rsma.2019.100501

M3 - Review article

VL - 26

JO - Regional Studies in Marine Science

JF - Regional Studies in Marine Science

SN - 2352-4855

M1 - 100501

ER -