A post by guest blogger, Nicole Rasmussen, Applied Learning Coordinator:
Some of you may have heard your instructors using new terminology in your classes
this quarter regarding service learning, and you may be wondering, “Why the change?” Well, here is your chance to get the lowdown, the nitty gritty, the 411, or the skinny on this exciting development.
Minnesota School of Business is focused on providing you, our students, with real-world,
hands-on experiences and opportunities both in and out of the classroom. We have built our programs on an “applied learning” model and philosophy. In order to fulfill this, students will have a variety of experiences in many areas throughout their chosen program. These experiences will broaden your horizons and provide you with the tools necessary to be successful in your future career.
So, what exactly does that mean?
The applied learning model includes the following categories: classroom applications,
service learning, global applications, workplace applications, and careers. Classroom applications are exactly that-activities and assignments that allow students to practice and apply knowledge learned in the classroom to various situations. Service learning is a form of giving back to the community while reflecting and tying the volunteer service to course objectives. Global applications allow students an opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills globally. Workplace application is a form of learning
that is directly tied into the students’ chosen career field. Finally, careers and career training is tied into every class throughout each program. We believe in “career readiness” and want each student to focus on preparing for their future career from the second they set foot on campus.
So those are the definitions, but what does it look like?
Service learning, as a form of applied learning, typically takes place as a service to
a community partner. These projects usually are done with a non-profit organization or are used to promote or advocate for a particular cause. Service learning is introduced in Global Citizenship and takes place in a select set of classes throughout each program.
Workplace application, as a form of applied learning, will likely include a “service
project” but will be tied into a local business. Students will have an opportunity to apply
their learning in a real-world setting, such as an accounting firm, small start-up business, or at the city, county, or state government level. These projects will also provide students with an opportunity to network with potential employers and valuable contacts in their field.
The bottom line is that no matter which term is used, our focus is on your success
both now and in the future. We are all driven to help you achieve your goals and we all feel that the applied learning model is the way to go.
If you have any questions about how this works and how it applies to you, please feel
free to contact me any time!