Abstract for: Transdisciplinary Learning in Rural India: Reflections and Considerations from an Intensive Two-Week Course

The potential for using system dynamics to address and design solutions for social problems has been established. However few opportunities are available for social work, public health, and engineering students to apply systems dynamics methods in real-world settings working in transdisciplinary teams. This poster describes a transdisciplinary two-week intensive course in rural India applying system dynamics to better understand watersheds and dryland villages. The poster highlights the course structure and team teaching approach; advantages and challenges to the intensive course format and trandisciplinary teaching and learning; lessons learned that can be applied to future intensive courses and semester long courses to accelerate and enhance student learning.