UMAIE January Term Abroad-Course Proposal 2017

The intent of this course proposal is to show the integration of course content, onsite activity, intercultural learning and reflection, providing verification of what you want students to learn from the course, how they will learn it, and how the learning is connected to the sites you will be visiting.

This proposal must be reviewed by the appropriate oversight committee on your campus, and then be submitted to the UMAIE Board Member. If approved, this proposal will be forwarded to the UMAIE Board of Directors for review and approval in December, and may be submitted to curricular review committees at other UMAIE institutions. It is, therefore, important to be as detailed as possible about course goals, teaching methodology, and how these are supported by the off-campus site(s). It is understood that the syllabus may need to be altered as logistical arrangements and academic content is determined over the following months.

BE SURE TO CLICK SEND FORM AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PROPOSAL FORM REGULARLY. THIS IS HOW YOU SAVE YOUR FORM. YOU WILL THEN BE ABLE TO RETURN TO YOUR PROPOSAL FORM AND REVISE IT.

    Course Description

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    Primary Faculty Director

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    Second Director

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    When there are two program directors:

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    Previous Experience with the Course

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    Course Goals and Objectives

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    Assessment

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    An integrated syllabus must be given in a daily format and include the following criteria. Be as specific as you can. Please use the template pages that follow.

    • The focus of a short-term off-campus course should reflect accurately and completely the activities involved. The integrated syllabus should clearly define how site visits and other activities enhance the learning objectives of the course. Expectations regarding non-traditional or experimental activities should be clearly described. • Each course must have academic integrity and coherence, and be directly tied to the sites visited. Evidence must be provided to the integration of course readings, lectures, site visits, independent study and research, and intercultural activity. If students are expected to carry out research projects, faculty should ensure that libraries or other research facilities are available and adequate. • In your integrated syllabus and itinerary, please include: o The length of time in each location. Courses must provide a minimum of 20 days with scheduled academic activities or course related travel, plus two days identified for travel to and from the overseas site. The maximum stay abroad is 26 days. o A balance of various educational activities (lecture titles or topics, readings, cultural site visits, group discussion/reflection time, cultural events, etc.). Clearly articulate why these activities are part of the intentional cultural experience. o Other intercultural-orienting activities (examples: required or recommended events outside of the course content; why you would attend a theatre performance during a non -theatre course). Again, identify the link between these activities and the learning objectives of the course. o The length of time spent in these activities. Contact hours, defined as the time when students are engaged in the objectives of the course, must be equivalent to more than those on the home campus. For a four-credit course abroad, there must be approximately 6-8 hours of academic time/activities per day during a 20 day-long course (a typical January term). The term “Academic activities” is defined as class time, excursions, site visits, guided tours, guest lectures—in short, any activities that help you achieve the learning goals of the course. o The amount of unstructured course time in each day.
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