Experiential learning pedagogy support, professional development opportunities, and micro-grant funding for instructors of undergraduate courses
About Course Connections
Through its Chicago Course Connections program, Chicago Studies provides pedagogical support, professional development, and micro-grant funding to course instructors who wish to enrich an undergraduate or mixed grad/undergrad class with experiential learning opportunities. Chicago Studies staff work individually with faculty and other course instructors to create meaningful Chicago-related experiences; to facilitate logistics, funding, and other practical arrangements necessary for these experiences; and to build critical reflection structures to maximize student learning from these experiences. Instructors can apply for micro-grants of up to $750 per class, per quarter to support Chicago Course Connections; grant funding can support field trips, honoraria for guest speakers, or other experiential learning projects.
Examples of Recent Connections
"Working through ideas with objects rather than text provided a unique opportunity to understand the material in a more tangible way. To touch and feel and play with ideas that were previously just particles in our own minds."
"A student at UChicago can easily get stuck staying in Hyde Park and it was nice to leave and explore and learn about Chicago through these funded field trips. Especially when they connected directly to discussions in class."
"I found the entire workshop to be a great example of moving topics fluidly between the classroom and lived experience, and I am very glad that it was a component of the class requirements."