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Curriculum Integration

     
UK Education Abroad is progressively working on a curriculum integration project in which the goal is to develop major-specific advising resources to assist students in selecting a program, and faculty and staff in advising and guiding students interested in pursuing education abroad. This project is based on the original curriculum integration initiative developed by the University of Minnesota. The intended result is for education abroad programming to become a primarily academic endeavor that is seen as integral to a student’s undergraduate education. By developing these materials in cooperation with academic departments, UK Education Abroad wishes to foster a system in which faculty, advisors, and Education Abroad staff are promoting an agreed-upon set of programs tailored to individual academic disciplines.

At the present time, UK’s curriculum integration initiative is based primarily on three types of advising materials: MAPs, Pathways and Grids.

MAPs, or Major Advising Pages, are major-specific documents featuring a set of education abroad programs that have been vetted and approved for highlight by that academic department. Under each program entry, minimum requirements and a short list of available courses can be found. The documents also feature general information regarding the process of applying for an education abroad program, as well as opportunities for those interested, such as scholarships. Though MAPs are intended to ultimately arrive in the hands of students, they may be utilized in a number of different ways by faculty and advisers.


Ways to utilize MAPs in your department
 

  • Link to the MAP on your department's website.
    • We keep the MAPs updated online for you, so faculty, staff, students, and any others will always be able to view the MAP digitally with one click from your department's site.
  • Ensure that each faculty member has a few MAPs in their office.
    • Students often turn to faculty members first when they have questions about education abroad. With the MAP, the faculty member has a resource that has been developed in discussions between their department and UK Education Abroad. This ensures that the student is provided up-to-date information, and that all parties are literally “on the same page.”
  • Actively provide MAPs to students during advising sessions.
    • Many students will initiate conversation about education abroad. However, many may not be aware of their options until someone actively makes them aware of them. Providing MAPs during advising appointments prevents students from missing out on opportunities.
  • Include MAPs in information packets at welcoming events and orientations for future students.
    • The earlier students are aware of their options abroad, the earlier they will begin the steps necessary to complete an education abroad program. When students are able to plan a semester or summer abroad in advance, it is much easier to arrange the proper coursework to be completed.
  • Present MAPs at recruiting events for potential students.
    • Studies show that options for education abroad are very important to high school seniors when determining which college to attend. By presenting your department's MAP, you can show potential students how impressive their options are at UK.
  • Provide MAPs to students in introductory courses of your department's curriculum.
    • By providing MAPs to the students in these courses, you can ensure that every student in your program(s) is aware of their opportunities abroad. If desired, we can even arrange for one of our Peer Ambassadors to speak to your class for a few minutes about their own academic pursuits abroad.
  • Make MAPs available to students in the "common areas" of the department.
    • Keeping MAPs available in this location will increase their visibility, and allow students to grab them at their discretion.

Pathways are a more recent development of the curriculum integration initiative, but offer great potential for students, especially freshmen or high school seniors interested in attending UK. Pathways are major-specific four year curriculum plans, enhanced to feature an example semester or summer abroad in which students may complete degree requirements. Pathways serve as inserts to the MAP, so that students may simultaneously see that completing an education abroad program is a possibility in their degree plan, and see which programs their department has selected as most appropriate for students of that major.


Ways to utilize Pathways in your department
 

  • Actively provide Pathways to students during advising sessions.
    • Pathways can be used to supplement your department’s standard four-year degree plan. Faculty and advisors can use the Pathway to discuss the students’ options to integrate education abroad into their curriculum.
  • Include Pathways in information packets at welcoming events and orientations for future students.
    • The earlier students are aware of their options abroad, the earlier they will begin the steps necessary to complete an education abroad program. Pathways provide students with an example semester or summer built into their degree plan, and can be very symbolic to incoming students interested in completing an education abroad program.
  • Present Pathways at recruiting events for potential students.
    • Studies show that options for education abroad are very important to high school seniors when determining which college to attend. By presenting your department's Pathway, you can show how committed your department is to supporting education abroad options.
  • Provide Pathways to students in introductory courses of your department's curriculum.
    • Pathways are most effective for those students in their early semesters of study. If they are provided to students in introductory courses, they can see how easily a semester abroad can be integrated into their course of study.

Grids highlight programs that are appropriate for a certain theme or concentration in higher education. For example, they may be based on a pre-professional track such as Pre-Medicine, an established minor such as Criminology, or a certificate program such as Peace & Conflict Studies. These documents are designed to be stand-alone documents, or to serve as inserted complements to various MAPs.


Ways to utilize Grids in your department
 

  • Link to the Grid on your website.
    • We keep the Grids updated online for you, so faculty, staff, students, and any others will always be able to view the Grid digitally with one click from your department's site.
  • Ensure that each faculty member has a few Grids in their office.
    • Students often turn to faculty members first when they have questions about education abroad. With the Grid, the faculty member has a resource that has been developed in discussions between their department and UK Education Abroad. This ensures that the student is provided up-to-date information, and that all parties are literally “on the same page.”
  • Actively provide Grids to students during advising sessions.
    • Many students will initiate conversation about education abroad. However, many may not be aware of their options until someone actively makes them aware of them. Providing Grids during advising appointments prevents students from missing out on opportunities.
  • Include Grids in information packets at welcoming events and orientations for future students.
    • The earlier students are aware of their options abroad, the earlier they will begin the steps necessary to complete an education abroad program. When students are able to plan a semester or summer abroad in advance, it is much easier to arrange the proper coursework to be completed.
  • Present Grids at recruiting events for potential students.
    • Studies show that options for education abroad are very important to high school seniors when determining which college to attend. By presenting your Grid, you can show potential students how impressive their options are at UK.
  • Make Grids available to students in the "common areas" of the department.
    • Keeping Grids available in this location will increase their visibility, and allow students to grab them at their discretion.

To see the MAPs, Pathways, and Grids already developed, please click here. If you are interested in creating any or all of these materials for your degree program, please contact Mack Maynard.