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Integrative Learning

  • Integrative Learning Resources 

    In Summer 2012, the University sent a team of faculty and administration to participate in the AAC&U Summer Institute on Integrative Learning and the Departments (resources from the institute are available here). You can use the links here to access the application statement we submitted prior to the institute and the action plan that we developed by the end of the institute.

    “Fostering students’ abilities to integrate learning—across courses, over time, and between campus and community life—is one of the most important goals and challenges of higher education. The undergraduate experience can be a fragmented landscape of general education courses, preparation for the major, co-curricular activities, and “the real world” beyond the campus. But an emphasis on integrative learning can help undergraduates put the pieces together and develop habits of mind that prepare them to make informed judgments in the conduct of personal, professional, and civic life” (AAC&U statement on integrative learning, March 2004, read the rest of the statement here).

    In addition the summer/fall 2005 issue of Peer Review was dedicated to Integrative Learning.

    AAC&U provides other helpful resources on integrative learning, including its “Greater Expectations” project, a call to re-examine the role of the university in 21st century.

    The Carnegie Foundation provided support for the AAC&U initiative, and this page provides campus examples, articles, and links to resources.  

    Michigan State University’s Office of Faculty & Organizational Development provides an incredible trove of information and resources, including syllabi, articles, curriculum development and the like for integrative learning that can be applied beyond the integrative learning context.  It’s incredibly easy to spend a few hours reading the literature and information they have available.

    NJCU Center for Teaching and Learning Workshop Presentations 

    “Interdisciplinary Approaches to Teaching Gender” (Jacqueline Ellis and Catherine Raissiguier). Presentation. Example 1Example 2, Example 3