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Course Design

A solid learning plan places a priority on the academic learning outcomes determined by the destination(s).

The plan should address the goals of providing:

  1. meaningful academic content,
  2. opportunities for personal growth,and
  3. improved cultural awareness.

How is a study away course defined?

Study Away Courses

  • Study Away courses are WKU credit-bearing course for which a substantial portion of the course includes travel to destinations in which a US citizen does not need a passport.
  • Study Away courses are either led by or with approval of WKU faculty or other appropriate WKU employee.
  • A Study Away course is set-up in Banner with specific attributes that define it as a Study Away course.
  • A Study Away course may only be offered within the Winter Term or Summer Session and not during the fall or spring semesters.
  • Course creation and faculty compensation fall under the procedures outlined on the Study Away Administrative Manual. 
While a faculty member is not obligated to use the services offered by the Office of Study Away Office, a Study Away course will receive all the services stated in this manual and on the website.

Can you I teach a Colonnade course?

Colonnade Courses

Colonnade courses are an important component for Study Away programs.  The Connection level in particular are well suited for study away.  

Or you may want to create a new Colonnade course specifically designed for study away.

Learn more.

Can you teach a Graduate course? 

Graduate Section

Program leaders may wish to add a graduate section as well.  Again, a separate syllabus is normally included in the proposal.

Can you make it an Honors course?

Honors Course Options

Yes.  Study Away is great for students seeking Honors credit.

Honors Augmentation

If the course is an upper-division, faculty-led course, then student can do an Honors Augmentation contract.  There does not need to be a different syllabus.  The student contracts the project with the professor, and then it is approved by the Honors College before the start of the summer term.

Learn more here

Honors Embedded Section

Or you may choose to offer an embedded Honors section (HEEC).  For this, a separate syllabus with the additional Honors requirements is included with the proposal.  It is best to contact the Honors College for details on how best to create an honors section.

Learn more here.

What other ways might the Office of Study Away support your teaching goals?

Other Support

The Office of Study Away may provide services for non-study away courses in limited circumstances.

Embedded Field Experience

A multi-night (4+) group travel off-campus as part of a WKU course in which the majority of the course takes place on a WKU campus or online. An Embedded Field Experience may take place in any term (fall, winter, spring, or summer).

While not a Study Away course (i.e. not set-up in Banner as Study Away), faculty designing a course with an Embedded Field Experience may request the services by contacting the Program Director well in advance of the course's planned term.

The Study Away office offers limited services.

In most cases, the faculty leader would be responsible for planning and executing the travel component. Study Away would normally only serve as the financial manager of the travel portion of the course. An administrative support fee would be charged by Study Away that would be included in the program budget.

An alternate application process may be provided to the students registered for the course, but the faculty member and his/her department will be expected to perform additional duties to ensure the course is successful.

A faculty member is not obligated to use the services offered by the Study Away Office.

Field Trip

A field trip is a short (1 to 3 day) off-campus learning opportunity within a full course. The field trip may be part of a course within any term (fall, winter, spring, summer).

While not a Study Away course (i.e. not set-up in Banner as Study Away), faculty incorporating a field trip may request our services by contacting the Program Director well in advance of the course's planned term.

The Study Away office offers only limited services.

In most cases, the faculty leader would be responsible for planning and executing the travel component. Study Away would normally only serve as the financial manager of the travel portion of the course. Study Away would charge an administrative support fee that would be included in the faculty's program budget.

A faculty member is not obligated to use the services offered by the Study Away Office.

 


 

 

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