This course, designed for the educator who desires to enrich their curriculum with activities that have real-world significance, provides the opportunity to earn graduate-level credit while enriching their curriculum with resources obtained from their own travel experiences. Building on experiences and learnings gained from your travels, create enrichment activities that will serve as resources to add depth and breadth to your curriculum. Analyze your learning objectives, and determine how you can use your travel experiences to create activities that will help your students master the objectives. For example, have your students plan their own vacation: plan subway/bus routes for touring, make a budget for the trip, create a menu for a meal that might be served in their intended travel location, make a map of the geographical or economic features of their proposed country, convert the values of their country’s money to U.S. dollars…. You might have students draw or carve their own totem poles from soap and write an essay detailing the significance of each item they chose to place on it, or create a travel brochure for a country of their choice. Build guidelines, rubrics, and options for each of the activities you create. The activities you create are limited only by your imagination and inspiration from your own explorations. Once your students have completed the activities, you can submit your travel journal, slide presentation, and write-up to the University of the Pacific for evaluation.
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.
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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:
- Analyze your journeys, step by step, to discover the curriculum enrichment resources embedded within your experiences.
- Compare your curriculum objectives to activities you participated in on your travels to identify realistic activities to extend and enrich your curriculum.
- Choose the activities you would like to develop into enrichment activities to support your curriculum.
- Develop activities, based on your travel experiences, that will enrich your curriculum with activities steeped in real-world significance.
- Integrate the new materials into your lesson plans and/or presentations.
- Engage students in meaningful enrichment activities, based on your travel experiences, that support and enhance your curriculum and learning objectives.
- Evaluate the effectiveness of the enrichment activities you created in helping students meet targeted learning goals.
- 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.
- Appraise how the enrichment activities served to enhance your curriculum.
- Reflect on the professional development experiences, specific to your future growth.