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Integrative Learning Workshops and Events

USC is a leader nationwide in helping students think about how their learning extends beyond the classroom. The Center for Teaching Excellence offers workshops and events that introduce faculty to opportunities to help students make thoughtful connections between the courses they teach and outside the classroom experiences.

Click on the "+" sign next to each event to see description.


September 2018

Are you interested in service-learning? Would you like to learn how to develop a service-learning course? Using the National Youth Leadership Council’s Service-Learning Cycle as a framework, Jabari Bodrick will provide workshop attendees with step-by-step instructions on how to create a service-learning course. Jabari will also explain how service-learning is defined at USC, provide USC service-learning assessment data, offer community partner suggestions, and highlight the benefits of service-learning to students, faculty members and community agency representatives. Register

The last thing we want to hear from students is that the content we’ve taught them wasn’t relevant or meaningful. Moreover, we’d like for them to retain course content beyond tests and assessments, but helping students see valuable connections between classroom learning and their “everyday,” “real world” lives can seem daunting. However, as the authors of "How Learning Works" suggest, helping students make more connections between current course content and previous courses and their lives outside of class helps both concretize learning and understand its relevance to the world around them.

In this interactive workshop, you will learn how to use concrete reflection strategies to help students make connections between course content and the world around them and discuss how to leverage and modify reflection strategies to suit course material and assignments.  Register

October 2018

All USC faculty, instructors and graduate teaching assistants are invited to participate in the ninth annual Oktoberbest: A Symposium on Teaching on Friday, October 12, 2018. Join colleagues from across USC campuses for this free one-day symposium focused on sharing best practices in teaching.

The Oktoberbest schedule has a wide variety of workshops on topics ranging from active learning and online course development to critical thinking and integrative learning. The event will include:

  • Breakfast with our keynote speaker, Pamela E. Barnett
  • Panel discussion on the 'Implications of the Horizon Report' facilitated by Debbie Yoho, a doctoral candidate in Library and Information Sciences
  • Choice of Concurrent Sessions presented by your colleagues at USC
  • Closing reception featuring door prizes and traditional Oktoberfest fare

Oktoberbest is free to all who teach or support teaching at USC, but is not open to the general public.  Register

November 2018

Are you interested in exploring ways that you can implement more integrative learning concepts and reflective writing into your courses? Are you interested in learning more about the principles of integrative learning? The increasing emphasis on integrative and experiential learning in higher education illuminates the opportunities for academic disciplines to support students’ synthesis of course concepts and their application into real-world settings.

In this interactive, hands-on workshop, the presenters will provide proven examples for guiding reflection in their classes. Participants will then consider their own curricula/courses and how they can introduce concepts of integrative learning through reflection-based assignments to help students articulate the significance of their within and beyond the classroom experiences throughout their college career.  Register