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The Honors College at Florida International University recently hosted a Faculty Institute for fifteen honors program and honors college professors entitled “Miami and the Everglades: Built and Endangered Environments.” Participants came from Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Ohio, Kentucky, New York, Pennsylvania, Iowa and Arizona. The Institute was organized by the Honors Semesters Committee of NCHC.
Participants used FIU’s Wolfsonian Museum on South Beach as a base for exploring the various communities of Miami Beach, using the City as Text© methodology—an approach to active learning that integrates direct experience, inquiry and knowledge. They also took part in a one-day field exploration to the Everglades National Park, including a fifteen-mile bike tour of Shark Valley. They spent the last day of the seminar at FIU’s Honors College on the University Park Campus applying these practical immersion learning experiences to projects for their home institutions.