Institute Goals: 2018 Institute on Integrative Learning and Signature Work

Institute Goals

The Institute is designed to support faculty, staff, and administrative teams in leading curricular change that deepens students’ integrative capacities over time. The Institute provides practical guidance, mentoring, and resources for campus teams to

  • explore integrative learning and signature work, including outcomes, hallmarks, and challenges;
  • promote educational effectiveness by connecting equity-minded, innovative teaching and learning practices to meet departmental-, programmatic-, and institutional-level goals;
  • focus on problem-based inquiry and students’ exploration of big questions and unscripted problems at home and abroad through integrative and progressively more challenging assignments in both general education and majors, leading to integrative signature work;
  • assess student achievement in integrative learning, concentrating on authentic assessment of student work in classes and in field-based learning experiences based on identified learning outcomes; and
  • lead institutional and departmental efforts to advance equity-minded, engaging, and intentional integrative curricula and practices within and across departments, majors, general education, the cocurriculum, and the community.

Campus Action Plans

Teams applying to the Institute will each propose an educational change project specific to their individual institutions. Teams will leave the Institute having developed action plans for achieving their specific goals. Expert faculty and other teams will provide initial feedback on the plans at the Institute. Team members are expected to be in residence for the duration of the Institute.

Questions may be directed to Jasmine Epps at epps@aacu.org or 202-884-7429.