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Integrative learning helps connect pieces ofundergraduate learning. It can take classroomexperiences, link them with practicalexperiences, and provide an opportunity towork on soft skills. BSIS Day provided a venuefor that kind of growth. Students had toformulate their topics that linked curriculum,experiences, and research. They were able towork on important soft skills likecommunication by writing an abstract,creating a poster, and presenting their work.They also had to delve deeper into thecurriculum for their poster presentations andmake connections between their experiencesand course work. The skills acquired by theparticipantsareconsideredfavorableregardless of the discipline or major. Definingresearch broadly and focusing on major-specific issues allows events like this to bereplicated across campuses and curricula. Thelogistics and planning are similar, while thecontent of the posters make each research dayunique.
How do educators mitigate the risksinvolved in planning such experiences? Whatare some of the planning details andconsiderations needed for a successful event?
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community. The resources used to create anddisplay the posters should also be consideredearly in the planning process. This includesposter design, printing, and displaying. Thegoal of BSIS was to allow students theopportunity to present their research whiledeveloping confidence and communicationskills. Other benefits emerged from the event.A sense of community was created not onlyamong the students, but also the students,faculty, staff, and administration. The locationof the event and the judges enhanced thefeeling of community for the school andstudents. The event also provided anopportunity to showcase the program.Educators often look for pedagogies that allowformeaningfulconnectionsbetweencurriculum, personal experiences, and careers.Integrative learning can provide groundworkfor these connections. Creating an experiencethat brings together these connections isbeneficial to the student. Understanding thepractical aspects of creating integrativelearning experiences will make it easier for allinvolved.

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