This course, designed for the educator who wants to encourage creative learning in their classroom, provides the opportunity to earn graduate-level credit while utilizing personal travel experiences to develop creative learners. When one travels, one is the out-of-place person, which gives you greater understanding as you develop classroom guidelines to create a safe, accepting, compassionate environment where students feel comfortable taking risks—a necessity for building student trust and willingness to make mistakes while trying new things. Sharing with students your educational journey and any personal projects you are working on as you incorporate your travels into the curriculum models creative learning in an authentic way. In this course, you can develop multiple activities or projects based on your travel learnings, so students can choose the ones they want to work on. Ideally, projects will be open-ended enough to allow students the creativity of deciding how they will complete the project or activity. You might even provide students with the required learning objectives and allow them to help you develop ways to use your travel experiences to better teach the objectives. Your shared experiences will also show your students that creativity requires hard work, and is not something most people can just do thanks to some epiphany (though, of course, this does happen for a fortunate few!). Whether you choose to create projects and activities that allow students to be creative while learning or bring students in on the creative development of projects and activities based on your experiences—and theirs—you can implement them in your classroom and submit a slide presentation demonstrating the professional outcomes of your travel experience, along with your travel journal and an explanatory write-up, 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.
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:
- Review your travel experiences and your curriculum to discover connections that can add creativity and inspiration to your students’ learnings.
- Analyze your curriculum objectives to identify specific areas of the curriculum to support/enhance with creative materials or activities based on your travel experiences.
- Select the learning objectives for which you would like to develop creative activities or materials.
- Develop creative activities, specific to the support of your selected objectives, to integrate into your lesson plans and/or presentations.
- Engage students in creative activities, stemming from your travel experiences, that will enhance their learnings and support authentic learning experiences.
- Create a 25-30 slide PowerPoint or Google Slides presentation to demonstrate the professional outcomes of your travel experiences.
- Consider the effectiveness of the activities in developing creative learners.
- Explain how the activities help to develop creative learners.
- Reflect on the professional development experiences, specific to your future growth.