The Center for Career and Experiential Education is dedicated to providing faculty with tools and resources to incorporate experiential education and career topics into all courses at URI.
Upon request, we can provide:
• Sample syllabi,
• Experiential and career curriculum integration,
• Community and employer partnership development,
• Logistical support , affiliation and liability agreements,
• Evaluation and assessment tools,
• Learning contract and portfolio support,
• Lectures and course materials that incorporate experiential education,
• Career fair information and tips to share with students.
Project Based Learning
Billie Connors, CMD 465: Clinical Methods in Communicative Disorders
Students in Professor Billie Connor’s CMD 465 class are exposed to professional settings in many ways. In addition to completing observational hours, teams of students collaborate with employers on a variety of projects. Projects require student research and a significant amount of communication. Final projects have included: the creation of therapy materials for students at Meeting Street, a family resources list of appropriate leisure activities for Parkinson’s patients for Oak Hill Rehab, an analysis of Rhode Island public resources for individuals with hearing loss for the Women and Infants Audiology Department, the creation of communication boards and books for The Autism Project.
Thomas Gidley, WRT 388: Field Experience with Writing Rhode Island, GTECH
Professor Gidley’s course, Field Experience with Writing Rhode Island, GTECH, has been a collaborative effort with the Writing and Rhetoric curriculum and GTECH’s Business Proposal department. Together, both Professor Gidley and GTECH personnel created a project-based learning opportunity that introduced students to the discipline of business proposal writing. Based upon mock Requests for Proposals, students are guided through the process of understanding the complexities of proposal writing and learning to collaborate as a proposal writing team.
Caroline Gottschalk Druschke, WRT 304: Writing for Community Service
Dr. Caroline Gottschalk Druschke holds a joint appointment in the Department of Writing & Rhetoric and the Department of Natural Resources Science at the University of Rhode Island, where she uses her background in rhetoric and communication to study the human dimensions of natural resources management. She works to incorporate her research interests into her pedagogy, teaching community-based writing courses with Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management and the Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council. Through her course, Writing for Community Service (WRT 304), Professor Gottschalk Druschke has introduced students to the civic engagement process while honing writing and communication skills appropriate for professional work environments.
Sarah Miller, CSV 303:
PSY 305 Field Experience in Psychology:
Students in PSY305 are introduced to the work and clients of psychologists. Students will have direct contact with settings and populations served by psychologists. The curriculum emphasis is on understanding models and theories in relation to practical problems. Site selection may include: a) pre-clinical, b) community, c) laboratory, and d) organizational applications.
ITR 302: Field Experience
Students in ITR 302 will gain experience at a placement site through participation in the ITR (Internship) program. The experience will be defined by a job description and learning contract arranged by the internship office between the student intern, the intern’s faculty advisor, and the relevant agency supervisor. Internship experience is typically relevant to the student’s major and must be para-professional in nature with learning components addressing not only theory but also professional skills.
ITR 304: Internship Colloquium
Students in ITR 304 will discuss issues and problems raised by internship experiences in public service agencies as well as for profit work environments. The course runs concurrent to the field experience and includes indepth reflection, professional development, and creation of a career portfolio.
BUS 390: Junior Career Passport Program
Students in BUS 390 will explore career options as well as develop personal and professional goals, and personal job searching tools.
ITR 300: Career Planning and Concepts
Students in ITR 300 prepare for internship search, application and interview process. Students will expand their understanding of the relationship between education and 21st century world of work. Students create a strategic career plan including personal marketing brand, resume, and LinkedIn as well as learn job search skills, and participate in professional networking opportunities.