Identified as a high-impact practice by the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) and the Association of American Colleges and Universities' LEAP initiative, capstone courses culminate a student's final college years in a project that integrates and applies what they've learned. The project takes the form of a research paper, a performance, a portfolio, or an exhibit, and is intended to showcase the student's very best work as a graduating senior. This book is a guide to creating for your school or department a capstone course that ties together undergraduate learning in a way that enriches the student and adds value to the college experience.Understand what makes capstone courses valuable for graduating studentsDiscover the factors that make a capstone course effective, and compare existing programs, both within academic disciplines and across institutionsLearn administrative and pedagogical techniques that increase the course's successExamine discipline-specific considerations for design, administration, and instruction
Capstones are generally offered in departmental programs, but are becoming increasingly common in general education as well. Faculty and administrators looking to add a capstone course or revive an existing one need to understand what constitutes an effective program. "Designing and Teaching Undergraduate Capstone Courses" provides an easily digested summary of existing research, and offers expert guidance on making your capstone course successful.
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