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Thursday, June 18 • 1:45pm - 2:45pm
RTD.24 - The art and science of experiential learning: A liberal education approach to an academic microbrewery

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The Bishop's Arches Brewery, Bishop's University's on-campus teaching and research microbrewery, is Canada’s first liberal education focussed academic microbrewery. Our primary objective is to research the art and science of beer making in an interdisciplinary, experiential approach that is local and grounded in the Eastern Townships community. During this session, we will outline the several phases of the project, from its inception to its current state as a centre for experiential learning. We will discuss the challenges of teaching science to both science and non-science students through interactions in the classrooms, labs, and internship opportunities. Finally, we will explore how brewing beer is a metaphor for transformative learning.

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Thursday June 18, 2015 1:45pm - 2:45pm PDT
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