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How Will Your Course(s) Fit?

  • As the proposal for a new General Education program continues to be shaped through campus dialogue, the conversation is shifting to include issues of implementation.
  • As we work together to create an intentional, cohesive program that incorporates the UW Oshkosh Essential Learning Outcomes, instructors and instructional teams are invited to begin thinking about the General Education courses that are being taught now and the General Education courses that could be taught in the future.
  • As we move forward together, the following types of course inclusions are envisioned:
    1. courses in their current form (particularly in the Exploration section)
    2. courses modified slightly or significantly
    3. new courses

Consider the Quest
In the draft proposal, the Quest provides an opportunity for instructors to teach students early in their college careers. Learning communities are one the features of this innovative component of the envisioned General Education program, designed to increase student retention and academic success.

Professional development opportunities for those teaching in the Quest will be provided.

Quest I
These disciplinary or interdisciplinary based courses will need at least 50 percent of the content related to one of the three Signature Question Essential Learning Outcomes (Intercultural Knowledge and Competence; Civic Knowledge and Engagement; or Knowledge of Sustainability and Its Applications) as well as First-Year Experience content and process. [Tentatively capped at 25.]

Quest II
These disciplinary or interdisciplinary based courses will need at least 50 percent of the content related to one of the three Signature Question Essential Learning Outcomes (Intercultural Knowledge and Competence; Civic Knowledge and Engagement; or Knowledge of Sustainability and Its Applications) as well as instruction in research basics and ethical reasoning. [Tentatively capped at 50; may be team taught.]

Quest III
These disciplinary or interdisciplinary based courses will need at least 50 percent of the content related to one of the three Signature Question Essential Learning Outcomes (Intercultural Knowledge and Competence; Civic Knowledge and Engagement; or Knowledge of Sustainability and Its Applications) as well as the inclusion of a Civic Engagement project. [Tentatively capped at 50.]

Quest Speaking and Writing
Note that Quest I and Quest II courses are proposed to be paired (through student enrollment procedures) with either a speaking or writing course (currently WBIS and Comm 111). With the envisioned program, instructors of those Quest speaking and writing courses will be modifying content to include a Signature Question focus.

 

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Questions or Comments?
Please send them to Lori Carrell, CETL Director and General Education Reform Facilitator, at carrell@uwosh.edu.
Watch for General Education Reform each Tuesday of the Fall 2011 Semester!
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