Checklist for new Integrated Studies
Started with your Team
yourself what you
would be interested in exploring with your colleagues? What would create new learning for you?
long general conversations about the theme and then identify specific
"big ideas" skills
and concepts for your syllabus.
first about an important question(s), theme, topic to explore and what
sources (good books, films, etc) to use before you think about what credits
to spend much more time than you would have imagined with your colleague(s)
developing the assignments to support the interdisciplinary theme.
Create a new syllabus that reflects
the courseís central theme; don't
expect to simply paste together a syllabus from several courses.
how you can help
your students discover the connections between the disciplines:
"Understand the interdisciplinary nature of knowledge" (IS
collaborative teaching and learning (teacher-teacher; student teacher;
that a 10-credit coordinated studies course will produce enough work for a
15-credit class in terms of grading, reading load, and faculty planning
time. (Most faculty teams meet once or twice a week for the duration of the
quarter as well as immediately before class.)
flexible; plan a weekly schedule but be ready to change and adapt it if the
learning community begins to discover a new direction.
to grade papers even if you are not an English faculty.
Since coordinated studies faculty work as a team, you will be
expected to participate in the grading of weekly papers (seminar papers,
essays, reflection papers, etc.) This can be seen as a "Writing across
the curriculum" workshop for non- composition people.
to explain interdisciplinarity in your courses so that students can begin to
learn to identify it and understand what it means.
a linked class, consider formulating a weekly question or a group project
that would help students explore the interdisciplinary aspect of the two
Consider yourself a learner as
well as a teacher. Expect to learn from your colleaguesí different areas of
knowledge and intellectual interests. This should liberate you from having to be
the expert all the time.
Build into your schedule a faculty
seminar to explore the readings with each other--just for the intellectual joy
about and appreciate different teaching styles and develop new pedagogical
practices/philosophies--be open to new experiences even if you are
uncomfortable with them at first.
be surprised if you fall in love with learning again and appreciate the
teacher-as-student experience in a coordinated studies course.
new faculty observe a seminar in another class
Look at a
Familiar with Student
Seminars -- Seminars have been at the heart of North's coordinated
studies program since they were first introduced in the 80's. In 2007,
Margot Boyer and Jim Harnish led an effort to create a video entitled "Seminar:
A Skill Everyone Can Learn" as a teaching tool for both students and faculty.
This video is available on the SCCtv website:
Link to Seminar Video
(Click on "Seminar: A Skill Everyone Can Learn"
under North programs.)
Jim Harnish's Classic "What's In A Seminar?"
Look at a
what Students say about Seminars
to Create an Integrative Assignment
Look over the
Rubric for Assessing Integrative or Interdisciplinary Learning
Studies Committee is available to support new IS faculty.
Please donít hesitate to contact the coordinator, Jane Harradine firstname.lastname@example.org if you
have any questions or concerns.
(Last modified 9/8/2010)