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Definition, Criteria, and General Information for Integrative-Learning Experience (IE) Course Approval

University of Central Florida: Quality Enhancement Plan

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For Fall 2019 courses, submissions are due September 13th to QEP@ucf.edu
Walk-in information sessions are available every Monday and Tuesday, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.

DEFINITION

The University of Central Florida defines Integrative-Learning Experience (IE) courses as those that offer students a chance to explore integrative pathways that connect the core knowledge and skills of their major to real-world professional and civic contexts. Students work closely with their professors and peers to develop, reflect on, and articulate their goals. AAC&U defines integrative learning as “an understanding and a disposition that a student builds across the curriculum and co-curriculum, from making simple connections among ideas and experiences to synthesizing and transferring learning to new, complex situations within and beyond the campus.” Integrative Learning has three core elements:

  • Intentional Learning—whereby students set goals and plan their education deliberately and purposefully.
  • High-impact practices (HIPs)—in which students participate in educational experiences that demand considerable time and effort, facilitate learning outside of the classroom, and require meaningful interactions with faculty and other students.
  • Metacognition—in which students develop self-awareness and the ability to reflect and learn from their experiences.

Although many courses include aspects of integrative-learning, to be designated an IE course, integrative-learning content must be central rather than peripheral to the syllabus.

CRITERIA

The basic criteria for designating a course or course sequence as an Integrative-Learning Experience (IE) at UCF is that through the course students will accomplish the following:

  • Structured assignments that allow students to articulate short- and long-term goals and to develop a personalized integrative learning plan to meet those goals
  • Adapt and apply discipline-specific skills, abilities, theories, or methodologies to solve difficult problems or explore complex issues
  • Connect core knowledge and skills of the major to real-world professional and civic contexts
  • Participate in meaningful collaborations and/or interactions that include diverse experiences and/or perspectives
  • Articulate knowledge, skills, and qualifications to diverse audiences both within and beyond the university
  • Engage in structured reflections that connect past experiences to ongoing professional and civic goals

Please review the IE Evaluation Rubric.

Courses may be submitted for sections unique to the faculty member or for all sections of a course. For submissions to designate all sections of a course, consent of the Department Chair is required before the request will be considered.

Be sure to review the IE Course Designation Worksheet and the HIP Designation Application Cover Sheet, both of which are required for application along with the course syllabus to QEP@ucf.edu to apply for the IE designation.

MORE INFORMATION

For questions concerning the application process or Integrative-Learning designation, please contact the Office of the Quality Enhancement plan at QEP@ucf.edu.

Integrative Learning Experience (IE) Course Faculty Subcommittee 2017-2018

First Name Last Name Position Department College
Kathy Hohenleitner Associate Lecturer English College of Arts and Humanities
Elizabeth Horn Assistant Professor Theatre (School of Performing Arts) College of Arts and Humanities
Alice Noblin Associate Professor Health Management Informatics College of Health and Public Affairs
Ana Leon Professor Social Work College of Health and Public Affairs
Lisa Peterson Associate Instructor Film (SVAD) College of Arts and Humanities
Rani Vajravelu Associate Lecturer Biology College of Sciences
Barbara Fritzsche Associate Professor Psychology College of Sciences
Tamra Legron-Rodriguez Lecturer Department of Chemistry College of Sciences
Dan Murphree Associate Professor History College of Arts and Humanities