This course, designed for the educator who wants to enrich their curriculum with authentic learnings, provides the opportunity to earn graduate-level credit for creating enrichment materials based on personal travels and firsthand experience. The sharing of personal experiences has much more impact than a video or textbook. Those who share firsthand experiences have a contagious enthusiasm for the event and an ability to answer questions and provide details that enrapture the audience and make learning much more interesting. Determine the learning objectives your travel experience will support, and then focus on developing materials that will enrich the learning experience for your students, broadening the lesson context and making the content much more interesting. Once you have implemented what you have learned from your travel experiences into the learning process of your students, you can submit a slide presentation demonstrating the professional outcomes of your travel experience, along with your travel journal and a write-up describing either the professional application of the materials or how they were used in the classroom.
Integrate your travel study experiences into your educational setting. Opportunities are available across all teaching grade levels, disciplines, and subjects or topics. Designed for busy teachers like you, you will get up to 6 months to complete your coursework requirements, and extensions are always granted upon request.
Overview of Requirements
1. Define your travel objective(s): When registering for this course option, you will be required to provide a short description of your travel objectives, and how you plan to create and implement your learning experiences into your program. You may also utilize previous travel experiences for this course option as long as the materials developed are relevant to your curriculum or programs.
2. Create a Travel Journal with times, academic points of interest, and activities relating to your travel experiences and objectives. Your travel journal will document the effort and time that you dedicate to the process of completing your coursework requirements and learning objectives.
Whether you spend time brainstorming, researching, reading, typing, writing, watching educational videos and films for ideas, constructing visuals, putting together new Powerpoint Presentations or rubrics, you are able to document all the professional time you have invested amplifying and enriching your professional needs.
3. Develop a 25-30 slide PowerPoint or Google presentation (per credit) to demonstrate the professional outcomes of your travel experience, and implement what you have learned directly into the learning process of your students.
1 credit = 30 Slides
2 credits = 60 Slides
3 credits = 90 Slides
4. Complete a 1-2 page write-up: A minimum one to two page write-up describing utilization and/or professional application of material developed.
*Additional course guidelines, formatting requirements, and information will be provided upon course enrollment.
Completed courses are letter graded and will appear on an official transcript from University of the Pacific, Benerd College. An Official Transcript with your final course grade(s) is available from Pacific upon successful completion of coursework. The course ending date that will appear on your transcript will reflect the date on which your completed coursework was reviewed and graded.
About University of the Pacific
University of the Pacific, established in 1851, is California’s oldest private chartered university and is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
The credits offered are post-baccalaureate, graded, graduate-level semester units of credit, provided directly through University of the Pacific, Benerd College. They are specifically designed to meet the needs of educators for Salary Advancement and Recertification. The credits/units are acceptable where local districts approve and applicable to state licensing where authorized. We always encourage you to check with your employer for acceptability of these credits/units. Course participants are responsible to determine acceptability of these credits for their intended use. Each graduate-level semester credit is equivalent to 15 hours of academic involvement.
Upon successful mastery of this course, you will be able to:
- Evaluate your travel experiences to determine how they might translate into learning experiences for your students.
- Identify specific areas of the curriculum to enhance with information, materials, or activities from your travel experiences.
- Decide which learning objectives you would like to support with your travel experiences.
- Create a 25-30 slide PowerPoint or Google presentation to supplement your curriculum and enhance the students’ learning of your selected objectives, OR to demonstrate the professional outcomes of the inclusion of the materials from your travel experiences into your curriculum.
- Develop materials (e.g., activities, projects, learning centers) based on your travel experiences that will enrich the learning experience for your students.
- Integrate the new materials into your lesson plans and/or presentations.
- Engage students in meaningful activities, based on your travel experiences, that support authentic learning experiences.
- Consider the effectiveness of the inclusion of the enrichment materials in helping students meet targeted learning goals.
- Speculate on how the activities served to enrich your curriculum.
- Reflect on the professional development experiences, specific to your future growth.