Low-Budget, High-Impact Practices for Transformative Education

Thursday, October 21, 2021
1:15 PM - 2:30 PM

 

Center for Teaching Excellence
Thomas Cooper Library, Room L511


Details

In this session, I will explain why I think all classes can incorporate some form of High Impact Practices (HIPs), particularly as either experiential or integrative learning. I will not only share some of the assignments I designed, but also how they helped build community among my students, got my students to ask better questions, and ended up as a better gauge of learning than the tests I used to give. By incorporating elements of experiential and integrative learning in intro-level courses, we can both build students’ metacognitive skills so they learn more in the classes they are currently taking, and also prepare students for more intensive experiential learning opportunities later on so that experiential and integrative learning feel increasingly natural and desired by our students.

Even courses that are not official Experiential Learning Opportunities (ELOs) can include experiential elements and having smaller-scale experiential learning assignments can prepare students for later, larger-scale projects. This should have the effect of making official ELOs more attractive to more students. After this session, participants should be ready to modify a current assignment, or to design one with current outcomes, so that it includes either experiential or integrative aspects, particularly focusing on critical reflection and connection between ideas learned in different fields.

 

This workshop is an elective session for a certificate of completion in Integrative and Experiential Learning.


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Facilitator


Kristina Grob
Assistant Professor
Philosophy
Division of Humanities, Social Sciences and Education
USC Sumter


Kristina Grob is assistant professor of philosophy at USC Sumter, one of the Palmetto College Campuses of the University of South Carolina. She is an active member of the American Association of Philosophy Teachers, the premier organization in North America dedicated to the advancement of the art of teaching philosophy, where she serves on several committees and has led and co-led several workshops on teaching and learning. At USC Sumter, she regularly teaches intro-level classes in philosophy and in women's and gender studies, and so gets many opportunities to develop new experiential assignments and practices for helping students cultivate habits of learning that align with transformative education.