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USC Connect

Faculty and Staff Toolbox

As a faculty or staff member, you are critical to encouraging students to make the most of their education by connecting beyond the classroom opportunities to their academic work.  While this begins with encouraging purposeful engagement beyond the classroom, the most challenging step is to help students understand the connections between their beyond the classroom experiences and what they are learning in class. How is learning from class contradicted or reinforced by direct experience? How does learning within and beyond the classroom impact future decisions? These cognitive connections across experiences, are what USC Connect is all about: Integrative and Experiential Learning.  This 3-minute video summarizes the key ideas of USC Connect and our ongoing work. 


It was encouraging to see, that by the end of the semester, students started to figure out how to bring their experiences together. They could demonstrate that integration in mindmaps or the creative format of their choice that they constructed as part of their final exams to show how the information we discussed in class related to the trips they took outside of class and to their future careers/lives.

Lara Ducate, Associate Professor, Languages, Literatures, and Cultures 

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