Institute on Integrative Learning 2020, remote learning institute, July 21-24, 2020

2020 Institute on Integrative Learning and Signature Work

July 21, 2020 to July 24, 2020
Virtual Learning Experience


Based on public health projections and the prevailing travel restrictions for higher education institutions, we have decided to conduct the ILSW Institute virtually. The Institute fee has been reduced. The member institution fee for a team of five equals $3500, and the non-member institution fee for a team of five equals $4200.  AAC&U staff and the faculty of the Institute are currently transitioning the curriculum and program of events and will share information with participants in the coming weeks.

The 2020 Institute on Integrative Learning and Signature Work is intended for college and university teams interested in advancing programs and curricula aimed at building students’ capacity to integrate their learning across the curriculum and cocurriculum, foster global learning through community engagement, and capture students’ development through signature work. Institute sessions led by national experts will emphasize the value of leveraging general education, interdisciplinary approaches, and cocurricular experiences to achieve campus goals to expand integrative learning and community engagement. The Institute recognizes that today’s college graduates must be able to integrate knowledge and skills, as well as apply them within in real-world, global contexts. In doing so, campuses have the opportunity to reexamine and refresh their civic missions to support equity, student learning, and preparation for full civic lives and careers. The Institute also supports campuses to embed signature work in reform efforts as a way to promote equity, authentic assessment, and student inquiry.

The 2020 Institute on Integrative Learning and Signature Work is also held in collaboration with the Institute on Teaching and Learning for Campus-wide Interfaith Excellence, led by Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC). Teams accepted to the Institute on Integrative Learning and Signature Work or the Institute on Teaching and Learning for Campus-Wide Interfaith Excellence have access to sessions and expert faculty from both Institutes. Information on how to apply for the Institute on Teaching and Learning for Campus-wide Interfaith Excellence can be found here.

Campus Team Outcomes

The Institute provides practical guidance, mentoring, and resources for campus teams to:

  • Learn how to embed integrative learning and signature work across the education experience for students
  • Develop courses or programs that integrate problem-based inquiry and civic learning
  • Design integrative learning experiences that promote equity-mindedness and full participation
  • Integrate assessment of broad student learning into curricular and co-curricular learning; and
  • empower leadership at multiple levels to facilitate change efforts aligned with integrative learning

Who Should Attend?

The Institute is designed for teams of faculty, of all types, staff, and administrators at all phases of campus reform efforts. Because integrative learning, signature work, and community engagement, cross multiple areas of campus work, teams can explore a range of campus reform efforts via this Institute, including general education reform, connection of general education and major curricula, connection of the curriculum and cocurriculum, scaling global learning efforts, and strategies for advancing equity. 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.

Questions may be directed to Jasmine Epps at or 202-884-7429.