The information provided throughout each video was very helpful. Navigating college can feel overwhelming, but there were a lot of useful tips on how to feel more confident while succeeding in school.
Amazing course. It helps you understand college life and how college works. And gives you tips on how to get the most out of college. Definitely recommend it, specially for international students.
It gives much useful information before coming to study in a foreign univeristy. Thank you so much for your well-organized courses.
par Shreyas M•
Excellent course that illustrates what a future college student should expect in a higher institution.
A in-depth college tour that wasn't bias in shape or form.
par Bryanna G•
I definitely learned alot especially about college life.
par Annesha K G•
Excellent course. Thanks a lot.
par Glen-David K•
I'd say its pretty good
I've been to college, so I'm not the target audience for this course, but I was curious to see what would be covered and to learn more about colleges today. I felt the course covered mostly simplistic, obvious stuff and left out a lot that many students wonder about.
One topic that was covered was the different activities of professors. I wished I'd known more about this when I started college. Of course I knew they did research, but I thought they were primarily there to teach. This is true at some colleges, but at others, the amount and quality of research can determine whether a professor gets to continue working there and reach tenure. So teaching may not be the first priority for some professors. Students may find that chunks of courses are devoted to a professor's research interests, which could enrich or derail the course. This could have been covered in more depth.
Other things that could have been covered: why some courses are so large and the function of recitation sections and graduate teaching fellows for those and smaller courses; what a seminar is; the existence of course reviews that can help with selecting classes and professors; how to deal with not getting into a course you really need to take (wait lists, professorial overrides, etc.); when pre-requisite courses are really necessary and when they're just recommended; dropping courses; GRADES (how the college grading system works, what happens when you fail a course, academic probation, earning honors); campus codes of conduct (greater freedom as with class attendance; smoking and drinking rules, harassment policies) and disciplinary actions (disciplinary probation, expulsion); good campus activities for shy students.
par AVINASH K•
This type of study allows the student to learn by making connections between ideas and concepts across different disciplinary boundaries. Students learning in this way are able to apply the knowledge gained in one discipline to another different discipline as a way to deepen the learning experience. The most effective approach to interdisciplinary study enables students to build their own interdisciplinary pathway by choosing courses which make sense to them. For example, it is not too difficult to find a theme which crosses over disciplinary boundaries in literature, art and history or science and mathematics. Studying topics thematically is one way to bring ideas together resulting in more meaningful learning. This can occur by allowing students to choose their own subjects and their learning is deepened when they reflect on the connections between what they are learning in different disciplines.
One of the biggest barriers to achieving true interdisciplinary study in education environments is the necessity for collaboration of educators. This can be difficult to achieve, but not impossible. Interdisciplinary teaching and learning is maximised when professionals from different disciplines work together to serve a common purpose and to help students make the connections between different disciplines or subject areas. Such interaction is in support of the constructivist paradigm which allows for new knowledge construction and a deeper understanding of ideas than disciplinary study.
What is a constructivist paradigm?
Constructivism is a theory about how people learn. This theory suggests that people create their own understanding and knowledge of the world through experiences and reflection on those experiences. It goes on to suggest that when students encounter something new, they have to integrate it with previous ideas and experiences by connecting the new knowledge to something already known. It may mean the students are studying something completely new and different. Sometimes it will result in the student rejecting the ideas completely. Above all, the theory assumes that we are active creators of our own knowledge requiring students to ask questions, explore, and assess what is known or learned. Students engaging in interdisciplinary study are therefore creating their own understanding and knowledge of the world through their study choices.
What is so beneficial about this type of study?
Making connections between different concepts is essential in interdisciplinary study. Here are some other benefits of studying in this way:
Students are highly motivated as they have a vested interest in pursuing topics that are interesting to them. As a result, the content is often rooted in life experiences, giving an authentic purpose for the learning and connecting it to a real world context. Consequently, the learning becomes meaningful, purposeful and deeper resulting in learning experiences that stay with the student for a lifetime.Students cover topics in more depth because they are considering the many and varied perspectives from which a topic can be explored.Critical thinking skills are used and developed as students look across disciplinary boundaries to consider other viewpoints and also begin to compare and contrast concepts across subject areas.Students begin to consolidate learning by synthesising ideas from many perspectives and consider an alternative way of acquiring knowledge.Exploring topics across a range of subject boundaries motivates students to pursue new knowledge in different subject areas.Transferable skills of critical thinking, synthesis and research are developed and are applicable to future learning experiences.Interdisciplinary knowledge and application of different disciplines can lead to greater creativity.Worthwhile topics of research can fall in the ‘spaces’ between the traditional disciplines.Final thoughts
Interdisciplinary study allows for synthesis of ideas and the synthesis of characteristics from many disciplines. At the same time it addresses students’ individual differences and helps to develop important, transferable skills. These skills, such as critical thinking, communication and analysis are important and continually developing at all stages of life. Educational systems are serving students best if they enable and encourage students to build their own interdisciplinary pathway. This approach is sure to foster a love of learning, ignite a spark of enthusiasm and address learning differences for student
par Bayan Z•
A must-take course for every freshman to prepare for college in all aspects and get familiar with college life. Simple and useful content.
par Appili V K•
Excellent, with all information about college life. Please do this course if you want to start a more organised college life.
par Kyle T•
Very informative; even though I am a junior in high school, this enlightened my insight for college and makes success easier.
par LIM Y H•
A great introduction course for university life and I had gain a lot of ideas and picture about college and universities.
par Narendra K S•
It hardly effect on my mind and body in college.
My behavior is change and adapt college life as well.
par Anant V•
Quite a wonderful course for people to get familiar with college and how to find their way in life...
par Jeanne R•
It was a great introduction to college and college life. I enjoyed taking this course.
par CHERGUI M•
I fulfilled all the requirements in a course and did not obtain the certificate.
par Redvers F C•
A great course that gave me a great understanding of university life in U S A
par Christopher C•
It was very helpful and informational about my future towards any college.
par DANIEL G R•
Good course. It gives a general idea of college and college life
par Tussanee M•
It is interesting and very good learning. Thanks for learning.
par Mahra M A S A H•
It helps me to understand college life and how college works.
par Sumika M•
It was well-organized to get ready for college life.
par Vijayendra R L•
Good introduction about American College life
par KIMOU A M A D•
Very inspiring. They demystify College life.