Lynn issues new Challenge Based Learning initiative to teach citizenship

On eve of final presidential debate, Lynn University, in partnership with the Palm Beach School District, works to find out: "How do we foster participation by all citizens in democracy?" 
Lynn issues new Challenge Based Learning initiative to teach citizenship

Published Oct. 17, 2012

Boca Raton, Florida-based Lynn University, host of the final presidential debate on Oct. 22, 2012, is announcing a challenge to students everywhere to increase the involvement of all citizens in democracy.

In an effort to broaden the debate topic of citizenship, Lynn's "Involve Citizens in Democracy" challenge uses Challenge Based Learning (CBL) - an international, multidisciplinary approach to teaching and learning that encourages students to leverage the technology they use in their daily lives to solve real-world problems through efforts in their communities.

The featured challenge, in partnership with the Palm Beach School District, provides educators guiding exercises that will lead students to work with peers, teachers and community members to answer the real question: "How do we foster participation by all citizens in democracy?"

“Citizenship is an extremely important concept to teach our young students, and this is one of the main reasons we decided to host the final 2012 presidential debate,” Kevin M. Ross, Lynn president said.

The challenge is available to all elementary schools, middle schools, high schools and universities across the globe at and via the "Lynn University Presidential Debate Curriculum" on iTunes U.

“Lynn and Palm Beach County Schools welcome solutions to our challenge project,” Gregg Cox, Lynn vice president for academic affairs, said. “We know there are teachers and students out there with creative ideas, and we look forward to reviewing individualized, inventive solutions.”

The experiential, real-world approach to Challenge Based Learning parallels Lynn’s dedication to international, individualized and innovative learning – and in particular the philosophy behind the Dialogues of Innovation.