Students are the focus and faculty and staff are key to
facilitating student learning and success.
What USC Connect means by Integrative Learning
Integrative learning can be described in many ways, but for USC Connect integrative learning is defined as:
- the construction of knowledge across within- and beyond- the classroom experiences, and
- the ability to apply new understandings from within & beyond the classroom experiences to solve problems in new contexts.
USC Connect emphasizes three components to help students integrate learning:
1. Participation in educationally purposeful Beyond-the-Classroom Experiences
Field work, internships, study abroad, research, fine arts performances, student organizations, special events, and community service are just a few ways students can engage in meaningful experiences beyond-the-classroom.
What kinds of experiences could your students have beyond-the-classroom that would help them to see their field in a larger context or help them develop key skills?
- Search the USC Connect database for opportunities or add yours
- See recommendations for experiences from faculty in related fields
- More resources on beyond-the-classroom experiences
2. In-class experiences help students share ideas, raise questions, and make connections
Research shows students integrate learning when they are asked to articulate connections, share and question one another's ideas, and receive specific feedback. Connect coursework & beyond the classroom experiences with thoughtful questioning, class discussions, small group activities, demonstrations, case studies, and other opportunities for students to share perspectives.
3. Assignments that help students integrate knowledge and apply it in new contexts
Professor David Miller describes an example of integrative learning
Papers, in-class presentations, reports, e-portfolios, artwork, performances, conference presentations, blogs, Wikis, websites, original programs/events give students opportunities to learn and apply their knowledge to new situations.
More on integrative learning (definitions, articles, documents)
We will continue to build our resource pages for Faculty and Staff. Please share strategies that work for you: E-mail articles, syllabi, or recommendations.
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