Connecting Theory to Practice through Applied Learning (CT-credits count in major)
(SUNY Applied Learning)
Connecting Theory to Practice through Applied Learning, which counts in the major, is a credit-bearing experience in which students learn by engaging in direct application of skills, theories, and models. Students apply knowledge and skills gained from traditional classroom learning to hands-on and/or real-world settings, creative projects or research, and then apply what they gained from their applied experience to their academic learning. The activity can be embedded as part of a course or can occur outside of the classroom.
Connecting Theory to Practice experiences:
- Require students to apply theory to practice, contextualizing disciplinary issues and positions to solve problems.
- Include structured reflection—asking students to self-assess, analyze, and reflect on the transformational nature of the experience.
CT Student Learning Outcomes*
At the conclusion of this experience, students:
- Identify the links between skills/theories/models of the discipline and practice. (Applying)
- Explain how they grew personally, professionally, and intellectually as a result of the applied experience. (Evaluating)
*Departments may elect to add additional criteria and student learning outcomes for the CT experience.
6 The CT experience may be a research-focused capstone/seminar, an internship, student teaching, travel course,
service-learning course, faculty-mentored research experience, etc. as determined by the department. Departments
may offer one or more options to fulfill this requirement in each major.
7 The CT experience requires students to have been given sufficient prepatory background (i.e., foundational
instruction or prerequisite courses). Additionally, students will receive appropriate activity-specific training and
orientation (e.g., site orientation, safety risk management, discussion of ethical considerations and professionalism,
study abroad preparation).
8 Throughout the experience, students will be given formative and summative feedback on explicit learning outcomes.