Scholar's Studio is an integrated, problem-based learning community that engages students in real-world experiences. Scholar's Studio participants enroll in 2-4 common courses that are linked through shared assignments and co-curricular activities. Faculty members who teach in Scholar's Studio meet regularly to discuss course integration and student progress. They work with other faculty and Scholar's Studio Staff to reflect on and refine their teaching practices to provide a responsive, student-centered experience.
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Learning Community Structure
Each studio focuses on a specific topic, theme or social issue. Instructors tailor select assignments and co-curricular activities to examine the discipline and course content through the lens of the selected topic. Scholar’s Studio supports students’ academic growth with engaged faculty, peer mentors, supplemental instructors, and a librarian. Students are assessed individually and in groups using a variety of methods, including essays, research papers, proposals, poster presentations, debates, and reflections including journals, drawings, poems, performances, video blogs, etc.
Department chairs approve the course and instructor for each Studio section. Courses in the same Studio are coordinated to meet consecutively, creating a time block for scheduled co-curricular experiences. Courses are taught to allow students to learn the discipline while exploring an issue of social, political, or economic relevance. Discipline and curricular integrity are maintained by the course instructor with usual departmental oversight and accountability.
Most Studio course sections are limited to 25 seats, except where 2 Studios have common courses and themes taught by the same instructor. In this case, a course section can have up to 50 students. Potential Studios include:
· The Miseducation – African-American History, Freshman Seminar, English
· The New Jim Crow – Sociology, Psychology, Freshman Seminar, English
· Music and Social Movements – African American Music, Intro to Social Work, English
· The Business of Health – Health, Biology, Intro to Business, Freshman Seminar
· Big Brother is Watching – Intro to Comp Principles, Intro to Phil, English, Freshman Seminar
· Immigrating the Arts – Sociology, Intro to Design, Freshman Seminar