2023 Institute on Engaged and Integrative Learning

Virtual Institute

Join us to develop and advance institutional-level efforts to expand engaged and integrative learning.

The Institute on Engaged and Integrative Learning (IEIL) provides institutions with time, resources, and support to develop and advance institutional-level efforts for integrative and engaged learning. Teams will explore ways to help students make connections among their experiences on campus and in the community, and to their future lives and careers. Experiential learning can be integrated into all disciplines, across curricular and co-curricular experiences, and should be embedded in the learning experiences for all students. The Institute curriculum and format provide teams with opportunities to reexamine and refresh current practices and learn about new strategies to develop an action plan for integrative and engaged learning.

During the Institute, teams will explore strategies and creative ways to build students’ capacities to integrate disciplinary and practical knowledge and skills across their education, transfer learning to new, complex experiences within and beyond campus, and embed learning into signature work and other culminating activities. Teams will have opportunities to create or reinvent initiatives to support equity, active student learning, and prepare students for full civic lives and careers in local and global contexts. IEIL sessions, led by national experts, will emphasize the value of leveraging general education, the majors, interdisciplinary, integrative and experiential approaches, and cocurricular experiences to achieve campus goals to expand integrative learning and community engagement.

Who Should Attend?

The IEIL is designed for teams of faculty, of all types, staff, and administrators at all phases of campus reform efforts. Because engaged and integrative learning cross multiple areas of campus work, teams can explore a range of campus reform efforts at this institute, such as general education reform, connection between general education and major curricula, alignment of curricular and cocurricular experiences, scaling campus civic and global learning efforts, strategies for advancing equity, and pathways for engaged learning.

The minimum team size is five people, including at least one senior academic officer. Campuses interested in applying are encouraged to consider a diverse range of possible team members who may represent important stakeholders in reform efforts, including faculty (from a range of disciplines), student affairs professionals, assessment directors, campus staff (e.g. registrar), and community-engagement leaders.

The 2023 IEIL is also held simultaneously with the Institute on Teaching and Learning for Campus-wide Interfaith Excellence, led by AAC&U and Interfaith America. Teams accepted to the Institute on Engaged and Integrative Learning or the Institute on Teaching and Learning for Campus-Wide Interfaith Excellence have access to sessions and expert faculty from both Institutes.

    Participants from the College Civic Learning Movement

    Participants in the recent CLDE Coalition National Forums on College Civic Learning for an Engaged Democracy are encouraged to apply to the IEIL to develop institutional action plans to prioritize and make college civic learning expected and empowering.

    Applicant teams should include at least five people who are named by their institution to develop recommended action plans for college civic and democratic learning.