Event Title

Trading Places: Learning From the Student Perspective

Location

Peaks Ballroom

Event Website

http://digitalcommons.usu.edu/nrei/vol12/

Start Date

3-15-2004 2:00 PM

End Date

3-15-2004 3:00 PM

Description

A unique opportunity exists within Michigan State University for undergraduates to be valued members of a community of student and faculty scholars dedicated to lifelong learning. With the motto, “college is a journey, not a guided tour,” the Bailey Scholars Program encourages students to take charge of their learning, with plenty of assistance and resources available. The program offers students a chance to tailor their education or degree toward particular interests. Bailey provides a comfortable environment to learn however is appropriate for the topic, creating a space where scholars become interdependent and gain a sense of community. Many of the core classes involve field trips, guest speakers, projects, and discussions developed by the students. Along with the actual learning experiences, the student scholars within a class determine assessment and evaluation. Classes are generally small, bringing students and conveners together at a round table. In the first of three core classes, there is a chance for student conveners to facilitate in the course. The role of a student convener is similar to that of faculty conveners. Student conveners experience the ideal practice of peer leadership; the confidence gained from being a valued member of the convener community can encourage student scholars to take the lead and initiate ideas and conversation without dominating class dynamics.

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Recommended Citation: Bodner, Lindsay R.; et al. (2004) "Trading places: Learning from the student perspective," Natural Resources and Environmental Issues: Vol. 12, Article 12. Available at: http://digitalcommons.usu.edu/nrei/vol12/iss1/12

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Mar 15th, 2:00 PM Mar 15th, 3:00 PM

Trading Places: Learning From the Student Perspective

Peaks Ballroom

A unique opportunity exists within Michigan State University for undergraduates to be valued members of a community of student and faculty scholars dedicated to lifelong learning. With the motto, “college is a journey, not a guided tour,” the Bailey Scholars Program encourages students to take charge of their learning, with plenty of assistance and resources available. The program offers students a chance to tailor their education or degree toward particular interests. Bailey provides a comfortable environment to learn however is appropriate for the topic, creating a space where scholars become interdependent and gain a sense of community. Many of the core classes involve field trips, guest speakers, projects, and discussions developed by the students. Along with the actual learning experiences, the student scholars within a class determine assessment and evaluation. Classes are generally small, bringing students and conveners together at a round table. In the first of three core classes, there is a chance for student conveners to facilitate in the course. The role of a student convener is similar to that of faculty conveners. Student conveners experience the ideal practice of peer leadership; the confidence gained from being a valued member of the convener community can encourage student scholars to take the lead and initiate ideas and conversation without dominating class dynamics.

https://digitalcommons.usu.edu/cuenr/5thBiennial/Workshops/2