PLAN 211 City-Making: A Global Perspective — an undergraduate course first developed by Dr. Su-Jan Yeo — was launched in September 2017 to a pioneer cohort of 47 students at the University of British Columbia (UBC).

Embedded in the course curriculum is the time-sensitive and team-based “Ideathon Challenge” — a platform on which students generate outcome-oriented ideas to a real-world planning scenario. This pedagogic experiment was awarded the UBC Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Seed Grant. As principal investigator and course instructor, Su-Jan conducted an evaluative study (2017-2019) to assess the effectiveness of the Ideathon Challenge as a pedagogic method in promoting interdisciplinary collaboration, innovation, and applied learning.

The Finale Edition in September 2022, with a cohort of 74 students, concluded Su-Jan’s 5-year run with PLAN 211 and the Ideathon Challenge. It is hoped that the documented journey on this website and in this UBC Story will inform and inspire others.

The learning and teaching in PLAN 211 takes place at The University of British Columbia (UBC) Vancouver Point Grey campus—located on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam) people.

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