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2009 Integrative Learning Podcasts

AACU's Network for Academic Renewal conference held October 22-24, 2009 in Atlanta. Learn more at

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Reflections on the Future of Learning
Fundamental transformations are shaping the lives of young people, imposing unprecedented demands on higher education worldwide. Globalization is redrawing the cultural composition of classrooms and work and intensifying intercultural contact through migration and the media. A new global economy is redrawing aspirations and anxieties among young people world-wide. The digital revolution is giving rise to learning styles where students become dynamic agents of multi-media knowledge production in real and simulated experiential learning. Veronica Boix Mansilla, lecturer, Graduate School of Education, and principal investigator and research associate, Project Zero at Harvard University examines several enduring questions in education and addresses the key role that integrative learning can play in preparing today's young people for the work of their generation. Recorded October 22, 2009, 7:00 p.m.
(Posted on Wed, 18 11 2009 05:22:31)

The AAC&U and Carnegie Foundation Integrative Learning Project: Charting and Sustaining Progress
In 2004, AAC&U and The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching partnered on a joint Integrative Learning Project, noting, "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." J. Elizabeth Clark, professor of English at LaGuardia Community College; Marion W. Roydhouse, dean School of Liberal Art at Philadelphia University; and June Pierce Youatt, senior associate provost at Michigan State University examine the ways in which institutions can successfully advance and sustain integrative learning over time and across departments and units. They discuss concrete strategies and challenges associated with making integrative learning a central part of campus culture and fostering leadership for these efforts. Recorded, October 23, 2009 1:00 p.m.
(Posted on Wed, 18 11 2009 05:48:23)

Integrative Learning: Redesigning Curricula, Shifting Institutional Culture
Students today face an increasing complex world that will demand more of their education. How can colleges and universities prepare students for answering questions that have no clear answers, for undertaking jobs not yet created, for using technologies not yet invented, and for solving problems not yet identified? Institutions must adopt new content, pedagogy, and modes of inquiry that help students successfully address these complexities. Part of the challenge lies in shifting institutional culture to recognize the need for integrative capacities to address subjects such as sustainable development and globalization. R. Bruce Hutton, Dean Emeritus and Piccinati Professor in Teaching Innovation, Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver will discuss a comprehensive approach to redesigning the curriculum to prepare students for the great issues of our time—and shifting institutional culture to sustain it. Recorded, October 23, 2009, 9:15 a.m.
(Posted on Tue, 24 11 2009 03:38:27)

Supporting Integrative and Lifelong Learning through Authentic Assessment, Teaching, and E-portfolio Development
AAC&U's VALUE project (Valid Assessment of Learning in Undergraduate Education) seeks to contribute to the national dialogue on assessment of student learning. It builds on a philosophy of learning assessment that privileges multiple expert judgments of the quality of student work. Three members of leadership campuses from the VALUE project, Marcia Mentkowski, professor of psychology and director, Educational Research and Evaluation at Alverno College; Melissa Peet, research associate at the University of Michigan; and Julia Williams, professor of English and executive director, Institutional Research, Planning and Assessment at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology discuss interpretations of integrative learning and examine broad issues that are likely to emerge when faculty and their institutions begin to take up the teaching, learning, and assessment of integrative learning. Recorded, October 24, 2009, 11:00 a.m.
(Posted on Tue, 24 11 2009 03:58:05)