Project Learning, the Linked Course, and Ramifications for Global Research

Project Learning, the Linked Course, and Ramifications for Global Research

Ruth Robbins (University of Houston Downtown, USA) and Merrilee Cunningham (University of Houston – Downtown, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61520-749-7.ch016

Abstract

In a regionally accredited urban university, high risk students enrolled in a freshman English course are simultaneously enrolled in a freshman level computer information systems class where project learning is taking place. This linkage allows faculty for both courses to design course instructional objectives which will complement what students are learning in the other linkage course as well as cover the objectives of their respective discipline’s course.
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Case Description

The linked courses described in this case were initially established as a teaching model within the Learners’ Community which was launched by the university under the auspices of the freshman year experience and the Dean of the University College. Numerous linkages were introduced. Faculty from different disciplines within different colleges were paired to more efficiently blend and provide a wider array of skills and knowledge areas to enhance the learning experience. The university continues to support this effort because of the success that students have demonstrated after they have participated in these linkages.

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