Designing Powerful Integrative Learning Experiences

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Designing Powerful Integrative Learning Experiences. Rick Vaz Dean, Interdisciplinary and Global Studies Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Overview of the Session. Introductions, your goals What do you want your students to be able to do ? How will you know ? - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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Designing Powerful Integrative Learning Experiences

Rick VazDean, Interdisciplinary and Global StudiesWorcester Polytechnic Institute

Worcester Polytechnic Institute1 Overview of the SessionIntroductions, your goals What do you want your students to be able to do?How will you know?What assignments, activities, and feedback will get them there?How will this fit in the curriculum? What support is needed? What barriers must be overcome?Discussion

2Worcester Polytechnic InstituteAssertions about Integrative LearningIL is about tying things together: gen ed + major, curricular + co-curricular, campus + community, local + globalIL results from authentic assignmentsIL is inherently interdisciplinary and messyIL requires considerable time on taskIL results in transferrable benefits to studentsIL is preparation for both a life of work and a fulfilling life

3Worcester Polytechnic InstituteBrainstorming: Skills and AbilitiesWhat do you want your students to be able to do as a result of their integrative learning?Report out: Which 2-3 skills and abilities are most important to you?How many of your skills/abilities are content-based? How many are transferrable to other domains? 4Worcester Polytechnic Institute5

Worcester Polytechnic InstituteHow Will You Know if Youve Succeeded?For your 2-3 skills and abilities:What evidence of student learning will you look for?What evaluation challenges might arise?From a programmatic standpoint:What indicators of program success (as opposed to student success) might be important?How crucial will evidence of success be on your campus?Report out:Thoughts on assessment

6Worcester Polytechnic InstituteAssignments, Activities, Feedback, Support Consider your 2-3 most important skills and abilities, and the evidence you will seek.What assignments and activities can help your students develop them?What feedback and support will faculty have to provide beyond the usual means?Report out:one assignment or activityone example of feedback or support7Worcester Polytechnic InstituteMaking it WorkHow easily can integrative learning fit into your curriculum?What will be the primary challenges and barriers? What support mechanisms/resources can help? What faculty development is needed?

Report out:Greatest challengeMost important resource for success8Worcester Polytechnic InstituteGoing ForwardHow easily does integrative learning fit into your curriculum?What are the primary challenges and barriers? What support mechanisms/resources can help? Report out:Greatest challenge moving forwardMost important resource for success9Worcester Polytechnic Institute