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Integrative and Active Learning Resources and Connections: Home

A gathering place for information, ideas, news, and connections regarding integrative and active learning.

Integrative Learning Fosters Integrative Thinking

For the 2015-16 academic year, Clark College received a $5000 grant for a Faculty Learning Community (FLC) on Integrative Learning from the Washington State Board for Community & Technical Colleges (SBCTC). This $5000 grant allowed a group of faculty and staff to explore the topic of integrative learning. 

Members discovered how the practices of integrative learning can be infused between disciplines and also in curricular and co-curricular activities.  Through inquiry, site visits, and guest visitors, the impact of integrative learning and the potential of future practices at Clark College were discussed and explored. The FLC members also partnered with the Teaching & Learning Advisory Committee (TLAC) to plan and host an In-Service professional development day, titled “Don’t Hesitate, Integrate!”.

A variety of current integrative learning practices were showcased, and participants in small groups created outlines of integrated assignments and activities. Samples of these assignments can be found within this guide. 

The FLC members, the TLAC, and the Cannell Library at Clark College invite you to explore the samples and to submit ideas and developed assignments of your own. Our intent is for this guide to be a growing resource for integrative learning.

Active Learning Increases Engagement and Retention

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Human Learning
is Integrative Learning

We can utilize this natural tendency by intentionally designing integrated curriculum. 

Getting started in integrative learning may seem daunting. At Clark College, we've been driving the integrative learning bus for a long time. In the process, people have gotten on the bus, and off the bus, and back on. We now have a core of staff, administration, and faculty that are fully dedicated riders and drivers moving integrative learning forward and breaking through barriers.

Integrative and applied learning is an understanding and a disposition that a student builds across the curriculum and co-curriculum, from making simple connections among ideas and experiences to synthesize and transfer learning to new, complex situations within and beyond the campus.  ~Statement on Integrative Learning, AAC&U, 2011

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 
 

Click this link to download
the Idea Submissions Form

Please share ideas, assignments, collaborations,and plans for fully integrated courses Send to Tess Yevka: tyevka@clark.edu

We also welcome suggestions for books & articles on integrative  and active learning. 

Help us build an integrative active learning resource center. If you know of a book, article, or website with information on the theory, ideas for, or implementation of integrative and active learning, please send it Zachary Grant: zgrant@clark.edu.

Featured Integrative Idea:
Carrots vs. Cheetos

Health 100 students keep a 3-day, detailed food log that includes packaging/marketing, ingredients, and their decision to buy and eat.

Guest speakers from Nursing, Dental Hygiene, Business, Psychology, and/or Biology provide expert insights.

Students analyze their food logs with respect to nutrient dense and non-nutrient dense foods, and write a paper that addresses the students’ personal history with food, what nutrient density means, mindful eating, and organic vs. inorganic foods. 

Woody & Cheetos image: Cheetos by Mike Mozart of TheToyChannel and JeepersMedia on YouTube. Attribution: CC by 2.0

Site Curators


2016 Integrative Learning FLC Member
Tess Yevka
Psychology Instructor
tyevka@clark.edu

Hi, I am one of the curators for  this guide. Feel free to ask questions or download idea submission form and send it to me for review and posting. 


Zachary Grant
Librarian
zgrant@clark.edu

I, too, am a guide currator but didn't put up my own image so Tess offered this avatar. I am here for you. Just drop me a line and let me know what you need.