UF Quest reconsiders the overall learning experience

Students at the University of Florida follow up on real-world challenges and questions through UF Quest on the topic of flexible and diverse courses in general classes that focus on current student-to-faculty ratios on current topics.

Instead of a one-size-fits-all approach to general education, Quest allows them to choose basic subjects that address the challenges of the real world in many subjects. First Quest classes UF students explore issues with human-like lenses such as “water to land, land to water” that illustrate the relationship between Florida’s abundant water and the people who live here.

The second Quest course, which is mandatory for income students, deals with social issues from science, physical and biology to social and behavioral issues.

UF Quest gives students the opportunity to explore big, world problems in a variety of disciplinary ways. Walpert, director of UF Quest, said. Long before graduation, the faculty took the basic 101 class and copied it on its own to apply what they had learned in modern times.

Last fall, UF professor Laurent Perlman taught Quest 1 about the longest running civil rights movement. After a brutal protest by the police, the room became even more urgent.

“One of the most difficult things about teaching this class is sharing a lot of pain with students. But I also had to share happy times, because black citizens who fought for civil rights have a better society and a vision. Courage to continue fighting for him. ”

Her class will help students break the cultural narrative of the Civil Rights Movement, which began in 1954 with Brown v. Education’s decision and ended with the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. Jr. He worked hard for ordinary people.

Question courses provide students with knowledge on how to gain knowledge by expanding their approach to the questions around them.

This knowledge builds. By graduation, students will have a framework to use their learning in a variety of ways to understand the real world problems around them.

U. Professor Selman Hersfield’s “Energy and Society” class inspires students to think in terms of environmental awareness, equality and politically accessible energy in a world of growing demand for energy.

“We have problems getting enough energy, that’s not new,” he said. You have to think about it numerically. It is a game of numbers, but the game of numbers shifts to economics, and this is not the case if it does not make sense economically.

Throughout the course, students will learn about different ways of generating energy and the main source of energy and why. Finally, they come up with solutions to meet our energy needs.

“Students were very creative in how they combined a certain force with a different economic policy. Our goal with Quest is not to give students answers, but to give them the knowledge to start developing their own ideas.

Emily Cardinal February 26, 2021

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