ICON is a set of transdisciplinary classrooms, unlike any you’ve ever experienced.
First proposed by Dr. Shoshanah Jacobs and Dr. Daniel Gillis in early 2014, ICON aims to bring together undergraduate students of all levels (first year through fifth year) from across the University of Guelph campus to work in teams on real-world challenges.
ICON harnesses the power of collaboration and knowledge sharing in a problem-solving and project-based learning environment. Through workshops, team building activities, and fostering of knowledge translation and transfer, ICON aims to teach students valuable interpersonal, team, and communication skills, while fostering innovative ideas for today’s most pressing challenges.
ICON partners students and faculty at the University of Guelph, with a community group or business. The partnership introduces students to broad real-world challenges (e.g. food insecurity, green design, etc.), and provides students with access to expertise from across campus and from the community.
There are two ICON classrooms available:
- ICON I runs in the fall semester. Your semester will begin with the Feeding 9 Billion Challenge to develop solutions to challenges faced in the local food systems.
- ICON II runs in the winter semester. You’ll learn about knowledge translation and transfer while working with a community partner on a broad social sustainability challenge.