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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.

Don't Hesitate, Integrate!

Integrative Learning Fosters Integrative Thinking

Image of students on field tripFor 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. 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

image of cuisine studentsActive learning supports two main processes in learning: (1) critical thinking and problem-solving and (2) completion. Students who are engaged in the classroom tend to perceive faculty as caring more about them. Working in groups can lead to developing friendships and a sense of belonging. Active learning helps students understand how course material is applied, how it is relevant to their own lives and the world around them. Take a look at some of the ideas for active learning posted in this resource. Also, consider taking a few minutes to share you ideas by completing the Idea Submission Form linked below.

Integrative Learning

Human Learning Is Integrative & Active Learning

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

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

submissions

Share Your Ideas with the Idea Submissions Form

image of student working with electronicsPlease share ideas, assignments, collaborations,and plans for fully integrated courses.

Download the Idea Submission Form linked below and send the completed form 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.

Spring 2018 Featured Idea

Dental Hygiene & Journalism Integrative Learning Idea

dental student examining teethDental hygiene and journalism students will collaborate to design and write a newsletter that will be sent from a private practice to patients. Students will work in teams of four – two from journalism student working at computerand two from dental. Journalism students would help dental students brainstorm ideas and determine their audience. Dental hygiene students would write content for the newsletter and Journalism 111 students would edit and help dental hygiene students publish the digital newsletter.

Site Curators

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 linked on this page 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.