Brand new for 2018-2019: Most ICS courses are qualifying electives for the School of Education’s new “Education for Empowerment” minor…more information HERE.
ICS courses are not just for Education majors! In fact, the majority of our students come from outside the School of Education, including many from LS&A and the Ross Business School. Thousands of students from across the University of Michigan have taken ICS courses.
ICS Courses offer UM students lively and distinctive settings in which to share their knowledge and habits of mind with middle school and high school students on a worldwide network. All ICS courses are linked to web-based simulations or writing projects that take place at the same time as the courses, directly connecting content learning with hands-on mentoring and teaching experiences. If you have advisees who are eager to work with young people, or who want to put their learning into action, ICS courses offer some exciting options.
For example, our courses give UM students the opportunity to learn about world politics (Education 463–Arab-Israeli Conflict Simulation), comparative culture and sociology (Education 461–Earth Odysseys), creative writing (Education 365–International Poetry Guild) and more, while they are having teaching experiences that we support and process in class. In short, these classes provide UM students with engaged learning opportunities allowing them to have rich learning experiences themselves while providing such experiences for others as well.
What else can UM students do in ICS courses?
Solve real-world problems: Participants in the Michigan Student Caucus (Education 362) research issues of concern in our state and then craft legislative solutions to help address such issues, proposals that are presented at term’s end before a special hearing of state legislators and agency heads at the Capitol in Lansing. The goal of the Michigan Student Caucus is to cultivate a sense of investment in Michigan’s civic life, and to give UM students a voice in state government.
- Be more playful learners: Some of our projects use simulation and character-play as tools to dramatize and deepen the learning experience, infusing intellectual and creative work with a sense of theatricality. For example, in our Place out of Time (Education 462) historical simulation each UM student, like the K-12 participants, portrays a historical character, bringing their character’s wisdom and perspective to the examination of complex issues of our day, and using that character to create memorable connections with younger learners.
- Connect with students worldwide: ICS activities leverage web technology to allow UM students to work with students across North America, as well as in Asia and Europe. This means that through the work they do and the relationships they build, UM students can have a direct impact on the learning experiences of students worldwide.
- Explore flexible course structures: Michigan Student Caucus (Education 362) is a blended learning course with no weekly course meetings. Instead, students work independently with the support of faculty and experienced peer mentors to research their proposals and discuss current issues in the state. Education 362 can work well for students who are independent learners and are seeking courses designed to accommodate their busy schedules and learning styles.
|Course #||Course Name||Credits||Fall||Winter||Meets||Syllabus link|
|EDUC 362||Michigan Student Caucus||4||X||X||Online||Google Doc|
|EDUC 365||Web-based mentorship: International Poetry Guild||3||X||X||Tue 4:00-6:00|
|EDUC 461||Web-based mentorship: Earth Odysseys||3||X||Wed 2:00-5:00|
|EDUC 462||Web-based mentorship: Place Out Of Time||3||X||X||Mon/Wed 1:00- 2:30|
|EDUC 463||Web-based mentorship: Arab-Israeli Conflict Simulation||3||X||X||Tue/Thu 1:00-2:30|