Interdisciplinary Practice: Integrating the Disciplines with Technology

By Jacque Caesar and Thomas MacCalla.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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Integrating the disciplines is a way of solving problems and answering complex questions that cannot be satisfactorily addressed using single disciplinary approaches. It is an accelerated education approach to interdisciplinary inquiry that introduces digital media and technology tools which enable learners to explore and examine the relevance of knowledge-sharing and connectivity between various disciplines. The sequenced curriculum design of Interdisciplinary Practice in National University’s College of Letters and Sciences (COLS) Interdisciplinary Studies program focuses on the teaching, learning, and research of multiple disciplines from multi-ethnic, multi-cultural, cross-cultural, or comparative perspectives. It introduces technology and digital media arts to facilitate interdisciplinary inquiry, knowledge integration, collaboration, and project-based learning. Students engage in both group and individual assignments, knowledge networking, scheduled chats and threaded discussions. They keep a weekly journal and submit an e-Portfolio of their insights and accomplishments. They are introduced to simulation and modeling in the humanities and social sciences and consider the social implications of discovery and new knowledge.

Keywords: Interdisciplinary Practice, Integrating Disciplines, Humanities Arts, Social Sciences, Technology and Digital Media

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 6, Issue 10, pp.45-52. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 528.776KB).

Dr. Jacque Caesar

Associate Professor, National University, La Jolla, California, USA

JACQUE CAESAR, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the College of Arts and Science at National University. She is the Lead Faculty for Interdisciplinary Studies Program and Associate Director for Community Research and Service Learning in the National University Community Research Institute (NUCRI). Dr. Caesar is a graduate registered nurse of St. Vincent’s Hospital School of Nursing in Bridgeport, Connecticut and received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Anthropology from the University of California, San Diego in 1971. She received a Master of Arts degree in Social Science with a specialization in intercultural studies (1973) and a doctorate in Leadership and Human Behavior with a specialization in community psychology from the United States International University (1976). From 1984 to 1992 she was the Director of Testing at National University and was appointed Assistant Professor in the School of Education and Human Services (1992), where she developed and chaired the Department of Human Services. Dr. Caesar designed and team-taught the first in a series of online global studies courses at NU. She also served as Vice Chair of the Faculty Senate, the National University Graduate Council, Diversity Advisory Council and numerous committees dealing with cultural diversity, institutional transformation, and learning enhancement.

Dr. Thomas MacCalla

Executive Director and University Vice President, National University Community Research Institute (NUCRI), National University, La Jolla, California, USA

Thomas MacCalla, Ed.D. is the Executive Director of the National University Community Research Institute and National University Vice President. He received a bachelor’s degree in Social Science and a master’s degree in Educational Administration and U.S. History from Fairfield University in Connecticut. Dr. MacCalla completed his doctorate in at the University of California, Los Angeles in Educational Administration, American Literature, and Comparative Education. In 1976 he completed a post-doctorate at UCLA’s School of Architecture and Urban Planning and was the Associate Director of Center for Behavioral Research and International Development in Santa Monica. California Prior to joining National University in 1985, he was the Director of the International Institute for Urban and Human Development. He was Professor of Leadership and Human Behavior and Vice President for International and Intercultural Studies at U.S. International University for eight years. Dr. MacCalla served as Vice President for Multicultural Affairs at National University for ten years and most recently directed the NU HASTAC InCommunity program (Humanities, Arts, Science Technology Advanced Collaborative) for the nation-wide 2006-07 HASTAC InFormation Year, co-sponsored by the UC Humanities Research Institute and Duke University.


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