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Contextualized learning represents a range of ways to connect curriculum to learning that intentionally broadens and deepens students’ experiences. At MiraCosta College, the Contextualized Learning Program encourages faculty to utilize any of the following three approaches in their classes.
Infusions are small yet impactful ways to provide contexts for students. They are implemented in single courses by individual instructors.
The five areas of context that we encourage faculty to use for infusions are as follows:
These are independent courses with full context for themes connecting to the discipline. As students, choosing a major is exciting, but it can also bring many questions. Students can now choose Academic and Career Pathways, which are meta-majors and designed to help you decide if an area of study or a major is right for you. We also have Academic Success and Equity (ASE) programs that offer fully contextualized courses. To learn more about these classes and if they are a good fit for you, contact the Contextualized Teaching coordinator, Professor Thao Ha (email@example.com).
Learning communities are two linked courses with overlapping themes and materials. Two (or more) instructors from different disciplines work with each other to connect the courses. Students take both courses as a cohort together. This is a great opportunity to take two classes with the same group of people and to have both of your instructors working together to help students make the connection between two classes (interdisciplinary learning). Examples at MiraCosta include the following: