We hope that you’ve found the information in this faculty guide to be helpful and that you will bookmark the guide for future reference. In closing, we’d like to leave you with a set of goals and learning objectives developed by our ExCollege Board.
The Goals of the Experimental College
- Encourage critical thinking and provide an atmosphere for students to challenge themselves.
- Introduce new topics to students at a formative time in their career, without requiring prior experience in the subject area.
- Fill gaps in the conventional curriculum.
- Contemporize education by teaching timely, situational topics in a small class setting (twenty or fewer students).
- Engage students in shaping their own education.
- Foster meaningful dialogue between students and faculty.
Our Learning Objectives
Upon completion of an Experimental College course, students have shown that they are able to:
1) Take an active role in designing their education by choosing elective course(s) that bridge the academic and the professional worlds.
2) Gather original information from primary literature or performances and creative works.
3) Develop active learning skills: participating in class discussions, working in groups, presenting their work to the class, and evaluating creative works.
4) Develop written and verbal communication skills directed to a course topic.
5) Take ownership of their education by providing mid-semester reviews that guide course improvements during the semester.
6) Make creative contributions to a field of inquiry, often extending out into the community.
7) Develop continuous learning, understand the advances and trends of a field, and take knowledge of the field forward.