Milestone Experience courses at UNLV introduce students to the expected learning outcomes in their major fields and emphasize critical thinking and communication skills. What does that look like? Here are examples from two different disciplines:
- Students majoring in history read and analyze historical newspaper articles, then contextualize those primary sources within the broader historical period.
- Students majoring in Kinesiology read and analyze research on the effects of activity or inactivity on health and wellness, then collaboratively plan a “Fitness for Finals” event for UNLV students.
Librarians work with faculty teaching Milestone Experience courses to develop assignments and activities that are engaging and authentic, and make use of resources available through University Libraries. There are obviously disciplinary differences, but the common thread running through these courses is an element of inquiry and exploration.
In May 2016, the Libraries will host a two-day institute for Milestone Experience course instructors. We are collaborating with the Office of General Education and Coordinator for Instructional Development and Research to create this cross-departmental development opportunity. This institute will partner instructors with liaison librarians to think deeply about the purpose of the course, develop ways of making assignments transparent to students, and share strategies for assessing student research and writing projects.
If you are interested in learning more about the Milestone Experience Faculty Institute, please contact Melissa Bowles-Terry, head of educational initiatives: firstname.lastname@example.org.