Integrative Learning Campus Initiative
In February of 2016, our leadership team tasked me with revamping the campus curriculum so that it would be better aligned with the campus-wide Integrative Learning Initiative.
Incorporate more interactive activities into each of the twelve 2-hour lectures. This is to make each lecture session consist of less content review and more hands-on, guided application of the concepts and techniques being taught.
Create new Integrative Learning activities to account for twenty-four hours of attendance credit.
I was given this task during the last week of February, to be completed during the month of March, in order to be launched at the beginning of April.
I began by assembling a team of four other campus instructors from the Creative Presentation department.
I scheduled a meeting to discuss the objectives of the initiative. During the meeting, we brainstormed ideas through the use of the online collaboration tools of Google Drive. At the end of the meeting, we divided into two teams; each one to focus on brainstorming ideas for one of the objectives listed above.
I scheduled a meeting to discuss the progress of each team. At the end of the meeting, tasks were delegated to create the new content for weeks 1 and 2. This included new slide decks for each of the first six lecture sessions, as well as written instructions for the first two Integrative Learning activities.
The team reconvened to showcase and discuss the content that was completed. Each team member completed his or her assigned task on time, and with great proficiency. At the end of the third meeting, new tasks were assigned to create the content for weeks 3 and 4. This included new slide decks for each of the last six lecture sessions, as well as written instructions for the last two Integrative Learning activities.
The team met for the final time to showcase and discuss the content that was completed. Once again, each team member completed his or her task with great proficiency.
After a final review of all the materials, the new slide decks were distributed via the Basecamp platform, and the new Integrative Learning activities were loaded on to the LMS for the April semester launch.
Through collaboration, experimentation, delegation, and adherence to weekly milestones, my team and I were able to successfully fulfill the objectives laid before us by creating a cohesive curriculum that is both challenging and engaging for our on-campus students.