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Essential Learning Outcome:

Applied and Integrative Learning (AIL)


Definition:  Applied and Integrative Learning is an understanding and disposition that a student builds across curriculum and co-curriculum, fostering learning between courses or by connecting courses to experiential learning opportunities.




Students must demonstrate knowledge of and/or skill in three out of the following six criteria:

  1. Effectively compare life experiences and academic knowledge, identifying similarities and differences, and acknowledging new perspectives.  
  2. Connecting examples, facts, or theories from more than one field of study.
  3. Synthesizing current and past learning in an activity or experience like co-op, internship, practicum or independent research.
  4. Integrating communication by choosing a format, language or form of visual communication, to connect content and form, demonstrating an awareness of purpose and audience.
  5. Articulating growth in and awareness of changes in own learning, including the contribution of contextual factors.
  6. Synthesizing current and past learning in an entrepreneurial endeavor.



Sample Activities or Assignments

  • A history paper that incorporates an aspect of a student’s life experiences in a reflective manner, using their experiences to examine or measure course theories or topics. [Criterion 1]


  • A philosophy paper that integrates information from a history, economics, or political science course. [Criterion 2]


  • An engineering problem that asks the student to examine ethical dilemmas or social awareness in their field. [Criteria 2 & 3]


  • An oral presentation in a history class that is accompanied by a visual presentation (PowerPoint, video, graphs, etc.) [Criterion 4]


  • Papers, visual forms, or performances that also include a reflective component addressing the student’s ability to increase future effectiveness. [Criterion 5]
DRAFT: This module has unpublished changes.