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Integrative Learning and the ILP at Salve Regina University

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“All the branches of knowledge are connected together, because the subject matter of knowledge is intimately united in itself, as being the great Creator and His works.”

“True enlargement of mind is the power of viewing many things at once as one whole, of referring them severally to their true place in the universal system, of understanding their respective values, and determining their mutual dependence.”

John Henry Cardinal Newman

The Idea of a University

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Ten Types of Integration:

  • Social6. Ethical

  • Personal7. Cultural

  • Experiential8. Religious

  • Skills9. Structural

  • Interdisciplinary10. Evaluative

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1. Social Integration: the First Year Experience

Orientation to Community Values

Orientation to Academic Values

First Year Learning Communities

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2. Personal Integration:a Wellness Model

  • Intellectual

  • Emotional

  • Physical

  • Spiritual

  • Social

  • Life Planning

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3. Experiential Integration:Theory and Praxis

  • Group Projects

  • Field Trips

  • Service Learning

  • Study Abroad

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4. Skills Integration: Across the Curriculum

  • Writing Across the Curriculum

  • Information Literacy and Technology Across the Curriculum

Continuity in Pedagogy

Consistency in Evaluation

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5. Interdisciplinary: Portal and Capstone Courses

Interdisciplinary “framing courses” integrating signature disciplines of philosophy and theology

Freshman Year:

Portal – Seeking Wisdom

Senior Year:

Capstone – Living Wisdom

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PortalCapstoneSeeking WisdomLiving Wisdom

  • Imagining Themes

    • Women and Men

    • Heroes and Heroines

    • Suffering

    • God

    • Nature

    • Citizenship

  • Acting Themes

    • Human Needs and Human Development

    • Dynamism of the Spirit

    • Ethics, Technology, and Environment Wisdom

    • Achieving Community

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6. Ethical : Catholic Social Teaching

Human Dignity

Human Life





Preferential Option for the Poor


The Common Good


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7. Cultural: Developing a World View

Question of God Summer Reading

World Citizenship Focus in Core

Integrative e-Portfolio

Reflective Essays

Study Abroad

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8. Religious: The Integration of Faith and Learning

I believe in order that I may understand.

St. Anselm

I seek to understand in order that I may believe.


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The Integration of Faith and Learning

Theology as an academic discipline

Theology and Philosophy as framing and integrating courses for the Core

“An education with a Catholic identity” as a Core goal

Focus on Catholic Social Teaching

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9. Structural Integration

The Core Capstone



Lessons Learned


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Rationale for Capstone

“The Capstone Course, then, will serve as both an end and a beginning.” (Capstone Syllabus)

Experience Core Goals over all Four Years by linking Seeking Wisdom (Portal) and Living Wisdom: Contemporary Challenges (Senior Capstone)

Integration, synthesis and student self-assessment of undergraduate education including major, minor, study abroad, etc.

Look to the future

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10. Evaluative Integration: Mapping Core and the Integrative Learning e-Portfolio

Faculty Mapping and Student Integrative e-Portfolio

Collect  Select  Reflect  Connect

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Mapping Overview

  • 2004-2005 Faculty Workshop with Peggy Maki

  • Mapping First Year Courses (Collecting and Selecting)

  • Consensus Mapping (Reflection and Connecting)

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Cycle of Inquiry Continues

Mapping of Upper Level and New Courses

Assessment Central to Campus Culture

Community-Wide Laptop Initiative

Faculty Development

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