109.4 Experiential Learning
|Created by: Pat Teague on 11/1/1999|
|Category: 1 - Academic Affairs; 00 - General|
|Originator: Academic Policies Committee|
|Current File: 109.4|
|Adoption Date: 4/6/1998|
|Reviewed for Currency: 5/17/2000|
|Replaces File: 109.4|
|Date of Origin: 4/14/1997|
|In Archive? Yes|
Experiential learning is any applied activity that takes place outside the regular classroom setting for the purpose of (1) expanding knowledge of an academic field, (2) exploring opportunities for future careers, and (3) gaining practical experience. Furman actively encourages students to pursue such experiences appropriate to their disciplines and career interests.
Furman University allows academic departments to decide what experiential learning activities are appropriate for their students subject to the guidelines below and subject to approval by the curriculum committee. How much academic credit those activities will carry, how they will be evaluated, and whether or not they will count toward the major will be decided by the departments.
1. Independent Study.
Independent study courses will be numbered "80," carry 1-4 hours credit, and will refer to a creative project or to primarily library research leading to substantial written work under the supervision and direction of a faculty member.
2. Individualized Internships.
Individualized internships will be numbered "83," carry 0-4 hours credit, and refer to departmentally-approved internships developed by the student and approved by a faculty sponsor. The student, working with an on-site supervisor, will develop objectives before beginning the internship experience, write a report of his or her activities, and offer written reflection on the activity at the conclusion. Projects will be evaluated by a faculty supervisor or a representative committee within the academic department.
3. Laboratory or Field Research.
Laboratory or field research activities will be numbered "85," carry 1-4 hours credit, and will refer to laboratory or field research by a student under the close supervision of a faculty member. Findings will be reported in a paper.
4. Departmental Internship Courses.
Department internship courses will be numbered "86," carry 1-4 hours credit, and refer to internships developed by faculty. Students will write objectives, attend weekly seminars or regular meetings with a faculty supervisor, and write a paper at the conclusion of the experience.
5. Teaching Internship (Student Teaching).
Teaching internships will be numbered "ED 75," will carry 12 hours credit, and will refer to required full-time internships in early childhood, elementary, secondary, or special education classes in the public schools arranged by the Education Department. Students will be supervised regularly in their teaching site by faculty, will attend weekly seminars with that faculty supervisor, and will complete additional departmental and state-approved requirements for certification in their teaching field.
6. Individual departments will decide which of their experiential courses will be offered pass/fail. Departments may choose to offer courses for (1) a letter grade only, (2) a pass/fail grade only, or (3) a letter grade or a pass/fail grade. No course taken pass/fail may be used to satisfy a requirement for the major.
7. A student may not receive more than 12 hours credit from internship or field research activities (those numbered "83," "85," and "86") unless granted permission by the Associate Academic Dean.
8. The fact that an intern receives payment (a stipend, salary, or honorarium) for his or her work does not preclude internship credit.