College of Discovery, Creativity, and Innovation

The College of Discovery, Creativity, and Innovation (CDCI) is the Taylor Institute's arm devoted to undergraduate research, authentic student inquiry, and a host of other learning experiences that engage students in discovery, creativity, and innovation across the disciplines.

Grand Challenges Courses

The first-year experience at the University of Calgary is changing.  UNIV 201: Global Challenges--coordinated through the Taylor Institute's CDCI--is a unique course that allows undergraduates to engage with University of Calgary experts to explore some of the world’s most complex and meaningful challenges from an interdisciplinary perspective. Students will learn valuable knowledge and research methods from a range of disciplines, and develop critical thinking, collaboration, and communication skills. The topic for the Winter 2017 course is Feeding 9 Billion People.

Global Challenges is the kind of learning experience that will capture the imaginations and shape the futures of students who

  • are interested in the big, messy problems that need interdisciplinary collaboration across social science, arts, medicine, natural science, business, law, and engineering to be solved to make the world a better place, and/or
  • enjoy finding and analyzing information to develop new ideas, and working in groups to achieve a goal, and/or
  • are comfortable with "non-traditional" courses where they are actively involved in their own learning.

The first offering of UNIV 201 takes place in the Winter 2017 semester. One of the unique features of this course is a one-day conference on the topic of the course. The conference is a mandatory requirement for the course and will be held on Friday, January 6, 2017 so that students in all sections can participate together.  Students can register for UNIV 201 together with their other courses. To learn more about UNIV 201, please consult with student advising. 

Here are the slides from the brief presentation from the July 18 Global Challenges Information Session for Academic Staff.

Office of Experiential Learning

In addition, the CDCI will support the development and sustainment of increased experiential and community-engaged learning opportunities through the Office of Experiential Learning.