Interdisciplinary learning

Some of the most complex social, environmental, and economic challenges we face today require interdisciplinary working. Indeed, employers call for employees who can work collaboratively across disciplines to meet these demands. Yet higher education institutions continue to work along disciplinary and subject lines. As long as systems and processes are divided in this way, staff and students may require support to cross these boundaries. 

The aim of the Learning for the Future toolkit is to help higher education staff create interdisciplinary modules where students can learn and practice the skills needed to do interdisciplinary work.

The toolkit has been funded by the HEFCE Catalyst Fund and carried out by the University of Plymouth. Informed by innovative and experimental practice, it:

  • provides a rationale for teaching interdisciplinarity
  • offers a model of interdisciplinary skills that can be taught to students and made explicit to future employers
  • suggests ways to design modules and address logistic and practical issues
  • explains how to engage students as co-educators
  • helps you to evaluate success.

We found the rewards of working in this way to be extremely positive for staff and students and believe that the future of learning is interdisciplinary.

More information about the toolkit will become available shortly.