Cultural Immersion

Cultural immersion opportunities allow students to extend their classroom knowledge through immersion in off-campus settings where they have the opportunity to:

  • engage with another culture;
  • practice their communication skills;
  • understand themselves as cultural representatives;
  • appreciate others’ world views; and
  • connect classroom learning with complex environments.

Key Terms for Student Learning Outcomes

  • Deeper understanding of cultural differences and similarities
  • Ability to analyze and interpret behavior of self and others
  • Effective communication skills
  • Ethical responsibility 

Expectations of Instructor

  • Mentoring consistent throughout
  • Students engage in structured reflection throughout
  • Goals are clearly defined and measurable
  • Outcomes may change in response to unexpected events/situations

    Professional Practice

    Professional practice opportunities allow students to connect what they learn in the classroom with practice in a professional/community environment. Students should:

    • gain understanding and experience to improve their professional skills;
    • establish networking contacts to support their transition from school to work; and
    • reflect on ethical responsibilities in diverse communities.

    Examples of professional practice opportunities include, but are not limited to:

    • internships in businesses or non‐profit organizations;
    • student teaching;
    • artistic performances; and
    • significant course‐based projects that involve public contexts.

    Key Terms for Student Learning Outcomes

    • Deeper understanding of concepts
    • Development of advanced proficiency in techniques
    • Ability to analyze and interpret
    • Design/organization/troubleshooting
    • Ability to work in a team
    • Professional behavior
    • Understand diverse set of behaviors, attitudes, and practical skills
    • Effective written, verbal, and nonverbal communication skills with diverse audiences
    • Ethical responsibility within the professional context

    Expectations of Instructor

    • Mentoring is consistent throughout
    • Student engages in structured reflection throughout
    • Goals are clearly defined and measurable
    • Outcomes may change in response to unexpected events/situations

      Service Learning

      Also known as community-based learning or civic engagement, service-learning opportunities allow students to work with an individual, group, or organization in a collaboration that will benefit the community partner. Students connect what they learn in the classroom to their service experiences under the guidance of a faculty mentor. Service-learning opportunities allow students to:

      • support or help develop community activities;
      • teach or offer a skill;
      • engage in social justice work; and/or
      • participate in sustainability initiatives.

      Key Terms for Student Learning Outcomes

      • Deeper understanding of concepts
      • Problem-solving
      • Critical thinking
      • Ability to identify issues in a real-world situation
      • Ability to work in a team

      Expectations of Instructor

      • Mentoring is consistent throughout
      • Student engages in structured reflection throughout
      • Ongoing community site evaluations by the faculty member in concert with the community partner

      Note: Ithaca College now has a campus-wide definition of service learning, which includes criteria for determining whether a for-credit course meets the definition, as well as a process through the Center for Civic Engagement for assigning a "service learning" attribute to courses in the Homer catalog.
       

        Undergraduate Research

        Undergraduate research opportunities allow students to apply knowledge, skills, and theories learned in the classroom to authentic research efforts. Students use systematic methods to make intellectual contributions to a field and share their research findings via a public presentation.

        Examples of undergraduate research include:

        • collaborating with a faculty member on a project designed by the student;
        • engaging in laboratory or field research;
        • engaging in community research; and/or
        • utilizing archival data.

        Key Terms for Student Learning Outcomes

        • Deeper understanding of concepts
        • Mastering techniques
        • Ability to analyze and interpret
        • Design/organization/troubleshooting
        • Presentation skills
        • Ability to work in a team
        • Integration with previously published work
        • Professional behavior
        • Ethical responsibility
        • Student demonstrates that they have taken responsibility for success/failure of project, in collaboration with faculty member

        Expectations of Instructor

        • Mentoring consistent throughout
        • Students engage in structured reflection throughout
        • Outcomes are clearly defined and measurable