Experiential Learning Course Proposal


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1. Complete this form by filling in the appropriate information.

2. Submit this form by the following deadlines:

If course is scheduled to take effect in Spring or Summer the deadline is September 1 of the year before (For Example: Spring 2015 revisions must be submitted by 9/1/2014)

If course is scheduled to take effect in Fall the deadline is December 1 of the year before revision is to take effect (For Example: Fall 2014 revisions must be submitted by 12/1/2013)

THE CURRICULUM COMMITTEE CANNOT GUARANTEE TIMELY REVIEW OF PROPOSALS RECEIVED AFTER THE DEADLINES.  FURTHER, IT IS THE POLICY OF THE CURRICULUM COMMITTEE TO GIVE PRIORITY TO PROPOSALS THAT ARE THE RESULT OF PROGRAM REVIEW.

I. Basic course information





5. Is this a NEW course?
  • If this is NOT a new course, please skip to question 6.
  • If this IS a new course, please complete the following questions.  YOU DO NOT NEED TO FILL OUT A SEPARATE NEW COURSE PROPOSAL FORM.


c. Frequency course will be offered:

d. Will reassignment of current faculty cover this course?

If not, please send your departmental or program staffing plan, clearly indicating the increased personnel costs to the Curriculum Committe Chairperson.  The plan must be approved by the Vice Provost.




Any costs requiring increased budget lines must be pre-approved by the Associate Dean for Academic Budget and Planning or the Vice Provost.  If applicable, please send statements of approval.




8. Are there any prerequisites for this course?


II. Learning goals and general course description for the experiential learning requirement in the common curriculum

Learning Goals:

  1. Students will demonstrate the ability to integrate and apply knowledge and skills gained from one or more courses in activities that extend beyond the traditional classroom.
  2. Students will demonstrate specific ways in which the experiential-learning activities deepen their understanding of the knowledge and skills gained through traditional course work.

General Course Description:

In experiential learning courses, students work is supervised by faculty but not directed in the more immediate manner of a traditional classroom.  Students are expected to exercise some initiative and judgment as they integrate and apply the knowledge and skills they have acquired in one or more courses in a new setting outside the traditional classroom.  Experiential learning also requires that students move beyond the performance of the experiential task to a structured, formally evaluated written reflection on the connection between that practice and their prior learning.

Provided that the learning goals are met, it is expected that the Experiential Learning requirement could be incorporated into Education Abroad courses, undergraduate research and creative projects including capstone courses, internships, disciplinary practica (nursing clinical, student teaching, etc.) and courses that employ service learning.

Activities that don't involve the application of knowledge and skills developed in academic coursework, and/or are not overseen by faculty would not count (for example, prior life experience or volunteer work done outside a class context).  Activities that don't include a significant reflective portion also would not count (for example, an Education Abroad experience or capstone research paper would qualify only if the student met Learning Goal 2).

Courses meeting the Experiential Learning requirement must carry at least one credit.  The Curriculum Committee must approve the course, and a faculty member must oversee and evaluate the students' work.

III. Questions regarding Experiential Learning goals

Each of the following questions is designed to help the Committee understand how the Experiential Learning goals will be met in your course.  (Additional information can be found in the document "What Qualifies as Experiential Learning?"  This document is available on the Faculty Governance website; the address is https://sharepoint.csbsju.edu/teams/facgovern/cc/default.aspx)

Please be as specific as possible in your responses.

1. Learning Goal #1 requires that students "demonstrate the ability to integrate and apply knowledge and skills gained from one or more courses in activities that extend beyond the traditional classroom."





2. Learning Goal #2 requires that students "demonstrate specific ways in which the experiential learning activities deepen their understanding of the knowledge and skills gained through traditional course work."