Interdisciplinary Practice: Integrating the Disciplines with Technology

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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
Stream: Literature, Literary Studies , Knowledge , Teaching and Learning , Cyberspace, Technology , Science, Environment and the Humanities
Presentation Type: Virtual Presentation in English
Paper: , Interdisciplinary Practice


Dr. Jacque Caesar

Associate Professor, National University College of Letters & Science
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 Directing 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 NUCRI, National University Community Research Institute
La Jolla, CA, USA

received a Bachelor’s of Social Science (1951) and Master’s of Arts in Educational Administration (1954) from Fairfield University in Connecticut; earned a Doctorate in Curriculum and Comparative Education from the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Education with a specialization in American Literature from the School of Humanities (1964). He completed postdoctoral studies in Social and Regional Planning at UCLA’s School of Architecture and Urban Planning (1976). Currently, Dr. MacCalla is Executive Director of the National University Community Research Institute and NU Vice President (2000 to Present). Formerly he served as Vice President for Multicultural Affairs, Chancellor of the Oakland Bay Area and San Diego Campuses, and Regional Dean of the Las Vegas, Nevada campus. He was Vice President for International/Intercultural Studies at United States International University in San Diego and Professor of Leadership and Human Behavior, chairing over fifty doctoral dissertations in the social and behavioral sciences.

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