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Integrative and Experiential Learning

The Certificate in Integrative and Experiential Learning certificate (IEL) is an initiative of The Center for Teaching Excellence and the Center for Integrative and Experiential Learning. The program is designed to bring together faculty, instructors, and graduate students interested in exploring ways to help students reflect on and connect what they do within and beyond their curriculum, embrace multiple perspectives, and synthesize and transfer their knowledge to new, complex situations. 

Key outcomes for participants include obtaining a deeper understanding of the ideals of integrative and experiential learning as well as developing a toolbox of simple techniques to engage students in reflection on their within and beyond the classroom experiences.

Requirements

Faculty, instructors and graduate assistants who participate in six or more Integrative and Experiential Learning workshops approved by the Center for Teaching Excellence will receive a certificate of completion, a letter of commendation, recognition on the Center for Integrative and Experiential Learning website, and will be eligible to apply for a grant to incorporate integrative learning strategies into a class, develop a new experiential learning opportunity for a course, or develop a team-taught interdisciplinary course. Participants will be required to attend the Introduction to Integrative and Experiential Learning and Small Changes, High Impact: Practices to Support Integrative Learning workshops and four (4) electives. Participants  will have 2 academic semesters (and the summer) to complete the certificate.

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Required Workshops

Utilizing integrative learning principles, the presenters will share examples of how HIP characteristics are incorporated across different disciplines and identify classroom assessment techniques (CATs) that can be applied across a variety of academic settings. Participants will have opportunities to share examples of reflection and integrative learning principles in the design of assignments and appropriate assessment methods for their classroom.

Kuh, G.D. (2008). High-impact educational practices: What they are, who has access to them, and why they matter. Washington, DC: Association of American Colleges and Universities.  Register

For undergraduate students, reconciling their curricular requirements, cocurricular events, work and career preparedness, community engagement, and personal challenges can feel somewhat disjointed, and students therefore have a difficult time finding connections between all of these experiences (AAC&U/Carnegie Foundation, 2004). Integrative learning provides students with strategies to make connections between these within and beyond the classroom activities to help them apply their skills to new and complex problems and challenges.

This workshop explores teaching strategies and philosophies that help to engage students in activities beyond the classroom and then have students relate those experiences to their courses and curriculum. After reviewing current research and practices on integrative and experiential learning, including how the Center for Integrative and Experiential Learning supports IL and EL, participants will discuss strategies for encouraging students to reflect and make interdisciplinary connections between their experiences within and beyond the classroom to promote creativity, collaboration, and problem-solving.  Register

Elective Workshops

Are you interested in service-learning? Would you like to learn how to develop a service-learning course? Jabari Bodrick will provide participants with step-by-step instructions on how to create an in-person or virtual service-learning course. Bodrick will also explain how service-learning is defined at UofSC, provide UofSC service-learning assessment data, and highlight the benefits of service-learning to students, faculty members and community agency representatives.  Register

Does the thought of overhauling your entire course to include High Impact Practices or incorporate Integrative and Experiential Learning seem so exhausting you don't know where to begin? In this session, Kristina Grob will share some ways to adapt High Impact Practices on a smaller scale so you could try one or two out this semester but with minimal stress.

After this session, you should be ready to modify a current assignment or design one that meets your current outcomes so that it includes either experiential or integrative aspects, particularly focusing on critical reflection and connection between ideas learned in different fields. Register

While students can naturally find meaning in their experiences abroad, reflection activities guide their thinking to help them process their time abroad and apply the experiential learning opportunity to their future as students and global citizens. In this presentation, Education Abroad staff and previous Global Classroom leaders will cover successful methods to encourage student reflection abroad.  Register

This panel discussion includes practitioners of integrative and experiential learning from various disciplines at UofSC. The panelists will demonstrate how their students put theory into practice by applying what they learned in the classroom to their experiences outside of the classroom and reflecting on the broad range of skills they used, which ultimately prepares them for additional learning experiences within and outside the classroom as well as their future professions.  Register


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