There are six ways to Experience Honors Learning. Honors students choose an Honors learning experience each semester to customize their education and add value to their degree.
Fall 2020 Additional Honors Learning Experiences
We understand that the Fall 2020 semester will bring unique challenges that we are all working through together. In order to provide flexibility and help students fulfill the Honors Program’s participation requirement, we are pleased to offer two additional options for Fall 2020 Honors Learning Experiences. The two options, as well as expectations for the final product, are described below.
If you would like to complete one of these options, please follow the prompts on the Honors Contract form. The deadline to select one of these options as a Fall 2020 Honors Learning Experience is 11:59 pm on Tuesday, September 8.
Content Expectations for the Final Product:
For either of the options listed below, in your final product you will:
Submissions will look different based on the chosen medium. Honors Learning Experiences are generally designed to be approximately 15 hours of work. Papers/essays should be 5 – 7 pages (double spaced); other mediums should fully address the content expectations and represent the student’s best work.
Option 1: Book Analysis and Reflection
Read one of the following texts and choose a medium for synthesizing the main points and what you learned (e.g. a paper/essay, video, infographic). Final products should include connections to at least two Dimensions of Honors Learning.
Option 2: Culturally Responsive Campus Community Conference
The CRCC conference works to actively recognize and rectify inequitable experiences and create a more just campus for all. To honor the founding purpose of the CRCC at Illinois State University, the 2020 conference will return to its focus of anti-racism.
Registration is free; details will be available in mid-September. This virtual conference is on Thursday, October 29, from 9 am - 2 pm; and Friday, October 30, from 9 am - 1:30 pm. Updated information has been released that indicates there will be sessions available for students on both Thursday and Friday; it is essential to have availability in your schedule in order to attend the three sessions that are expected as part of choosing this option. Do not skip class in order to attend the conference.
As part of the conference, you should attend at least three conference sessions. Choose a medium for synthesizing and reflecting on what you learned (e.g. a paper/essay, video, infographic). Final products should include connections to at least two Dimensions of Honors Learning, and will likely include relevant outside research.
These interactive courses emphasize deep exploration of content, as well as hands-on experiences that encourage application of course topics.
Collaborate with an instructor to turn a regular course into an Honors learning experience.
These courses are grounded in one or more of the dimensions of Honors learning, address special topics, and facilitate the development of the Honors community.
Initiate research or independent projects in all disciplines. Hone investigative and critical thinking skills under the guidance of a faculty member.
Examine topics with an Honors facilitator and other Honors students.
Experience learning in real-world settings beyond the campus.