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(Re)Design Your Course for Civic Engagement

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Thank you for your interest in this workshop series. If you have questions about your application or the program in general, please contact Dana Karraker at dmkarra@ilstu.edu or (309) 438-5110.

2017 American Democracy Project and State Farm Course Development Grant
Civic Engagement and Responsibility Minor Course Redesign Project

Faculty are invited to submit a proposal to participate in the Summer 2017 (Re)Design your Course for Civic Engagement. Civic Engagement is one of the core values outlined in Illinois State University’s mission statement, Educating Illinois. The course design cohort model offers faculty the support of colleagues, CTLT staff, and faculty and staff from various campus civic engagement initiatives as we work to broaden Illinois State’s commitment to the values of citizenship and institutionalization of civic engagement across the curriculum. We seek to include a variety courses from all disciplines and programs.

Faculty selected to participate in this cohort will spend four days working to integrate civic engagement into a course they have taught and will teach again in the near future. The redesign process will allow faculty to explore ways to promote active learning experiences and assessment through which students can gain an awareness and understanding of civic engagement as a lifelong responsibility. This redesign opportunity can also be used to develop a course that could be used to be included in the interdisciplinary collection of available Civic Engagement Minor electives and further broaden ISU’s commitment to the values of citizenship and institutionalization of civic engagement across the curriculum.

Facilitators:

Dana Karraker, Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology
Cynthia Edmonds-Cady, School of Social Work
Kyle Miller, School of Teaching and Learning

  • Learning Goals
  • Workshop Objectives
  • Workshop Dates
  • Eligibility, Award Amounts, and Requirements

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to

  • identify civic competencies that connect with discipline and course content
  • design syllabus which includes civic engagement components (learning outcomes, assignments, specific language if the course is an elective for the minor).
  • develop a plan for a specific course assessment where students demonstrate some aspect of civic learning
  • develop a plan for possible scholarly activity (design a study, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, ideas for conference presentations in your discipline, Illinois State’s Teaching & Learning Symposium, possible publication outlets)

The Course Redesign Project will

  • afford faculty the opportunity to enhance their curricular interests through integration with civic engagement components
  • further broaden ISU’s commitment to the values of citizenship and institutionalization of civic engagement across the curriculum.
  • broaden the interdisciplinary collection of available electives relevant to students’ areas of study

Courses with a civic engagement focus should include some elements generally associated with civic engagement knowledge, values, skills, and attitudes. A civically educated individual

  • gains a sense of self-awareness as a citizen
  • actively participates in community service
  • develops an appreciation of diversity
  • comprehends the interdependence within communities, societies, and the world
  • grows an understanding of the democratic process
  • displays critical thinking within the arena of democratic conversations and social issues
  • becomes effective at problem-solving and change
  • integrates reflection on service, social issues, and course content.

Participation is required at all sessions.

Session I: Wednesday, May 24th • 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Introduction and conceptualization of civic engagement, pedagogical practices, and the role of civic education across various disciplines.

Session II: Wednesday, May 31st • 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Articulating transformational goals for the redesigned courses as well as creating and incorporating academically rigorous learning outcomes that integrate elements of civic engagement and applying active, reflective learning experiences that support learning outcomes.

Session III: Monday, June 5th • 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Incorporating civically engaged learning outcomes and designing effective formative and summative assessment of student learning related to redesigned course learning outcomes as well as opportunities for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.

Session IV: Wednesday, June 7th • 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Developing community engaged classrooms & community partners: community visits & community needs driven & reflective service learning.

Session V: Thursday, August 3
Showcase of all Summer Institute Course Design Projects

Eligibility: This is a University-wide initiative. All tenured, tenure-track, and full-time non-tenure track faculty as well as staff with teaching responsibilities are eligible to apply. Eight (8) faculty members will be selected.

Amount of Awards: Faculty awards will include a stipend of $1000. The stipend will be awarded upon satisfactory completion of outcomes at the end of the summer session.

Workshop Requirements: To receive the stipend, cohort participants must complete all of the following:

  1. A (re)designed syllabus which includes civic engagement components (learning outcomes, assignments, specific language if the course is an elective for the minor). Syllabi will be included in a repository archiving courses that have been designed with a civic engagement focus.
  2. A plan for a specific course assessment where students demonstrate some aspect of civic learning
  3. A plan for possible scholarly activity (design a study, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, ideas for conference presentations in your discipline, Illinois State’s Teaching & Learning Symposium, possible publication outlets)
  4. A written reflection on the course redesign process
  5. A presentation at the Course Design Showcase on August 3, 2017
  6. Continued contact with CTLT, ADP, and the Civic Engagement Minor to share data about the impact of civic engagement on student learning
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