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How Do I Develop a High-Impact Capstone Course?

How Do I Develop a High-Impact Capstone Course?

Capstone courses help students synthesize their college education before they embark on professional careers or graduate studies.  This 20 Minute Mentor shows you how to construct a capstone course for specific learning outcomes.

Construct a capstone course for specific learning outcomes

Capstone courses help students synthesize their college education before they embark on professional careers or graduate studies. 

The Magna 20-Minute Mentor, How Do I Develop a High-Impact Capstone Course?, shows you how to construct a capstone course for specific learning outcomes.

Presenter Barbara Jacoby, Ph.D., faculty associate for leadership and community service-learning at the University of Maryland, describes:

  • The philosophy and purpose behind capstone courses
  • Four models of capstone courses—departmental disciplinary, interdisciplinary, independent studies-based, and honors thesis
  • Six essential steps in capstone course design
  • Examples of capstone courses from different disciplines

High-impact student benefits

Sometimes described as “senior seminars” or “senior experiences,” capstone courses help students transition between their college years and careers or ongoing graduate study.  This senior experience gives students the opportunity to:

  • Recognize their new knowledge and skills
  • Identify areas where they need work
  • Solve problems in real-world situations
  • Enhance critical-thinking skills
  • Practice effective communication

Learning goals

After completing this course design program, you will be able to:

  • Design a capstone course
  • Articulate learning outcomes
  • Select activities to help students achieve learning outcomes
  • Guide students through reflection
  • Evaluate student performance

Don’t let your students miss out!

Experiential learning enriches students’ senior year experiences on many levels—and can serve as a professional introduction to the field when students publish or present their work at conferences.  Order this program today and enrich your students’ senior year.

Since capstone courses promote critical thinking across disciplines, consider purchasing a Campus Access License so all your colleagues can access this valuable information at their convenience through your internal campus website.

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