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


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.


Javascript Must Be Enabled In Your Browser To Register

** Registration Procedures Update **

In order for attendees to personally track their current registrations and attendance at certificate of completion workshops and events, the Center for Teaching Excellence requires that all registrants create an account in our registration system and login to register for all workshops.


If you have an existing training account with the Division of Human Resources, Office of Organizational and Professional Development, you do not need to create an account. You can login using your HR training username and password. By logging in to register for CTE events, your complete training record for both CTE and HR trainings will be available with a single account and login.


Participants must attend a workshop in its entirety to receive credit for the workshop in their training records. Late arrival and/or early exit from a workshop invalidates receiving credit. If technology issues require rescheduling of a workshop, participants must attend the workshop at the rescheduled time to receive credit. These policies apply to all CTE workshops/events, including workshops that qualify as requirements/electives for a certificate of completion.


Kristina Grob
Assistant Professor
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.