Since his days growing up on a farm in southern Minnesota, Aaron Doering has had a passion for geography, technology, education, and the environment, all of which play a role in his drive to transform the landscape of learning by bringing the world into classrooms across the globe. For more than a decade Doering and his dedicated team at the University of Minnesota, have engaged millions of people annually in "adventure learning" by using interactive online learning environments to educate people about the environment. This has taken him (and his learners) to the far reaches of the earth while exploring remote landscapes and connecting learners from vastly different cultures with one another.
Doering's projects include GoNorth!, in which students complete research-based lesson plans while interacting with an Arctic dogsledding expedition team, scientists, and their peers and teachers. Reaching more than three million learners annually, the first six GoNorth! programs provided the groundwork for Doering's subsequent adventure learning projects.
These include: North of Sixty°, GeoThentic, and WeExplore. His most current project, Earthducation, investigates the intersection of education and sustainability on all seven continents, and involves traveling to climate hotspots, documenting environmental issues and educational practices, and working with a broad array of individuals, communities, and organizations to create an ecological narrative of educational beliefs. The goal of Earthducation is to address the challenge set forth by the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development: to integrate the principles, values, and practices of sustainable development into all aspects of education and learning. Students, teachers, and others are discussing these same ideas via EnviroNetwork, helping to expand the conversation and explore, collectively, how education can influence the future of our planet.
Says Doering: "Through design, technology, and adventure, we can revolutionize education around the world."
Join us on October 9 to learn how Doering's passion for education and the environment have dramatically transformed the landscape of learning in classrooms throughout the world. From apps to the Arctic to the Amazon, come experience Doering's daring new educational frontier.