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
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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Barbara Jacoby. Ph.D., is Faculty Associate for Leadership and Community Service-Learning at the Adele H. Stamp Student Union – Center for Campus Life at the University of Maryland, College Park. In this role, she facilitates initiatives involving academic partnerships, service-learning, and civic engagement. She is a Fellow of the University’s Academy for Excellence in Teaching and Learning and was a Center for Teaching Excellence – Lilly Fellow during the 2007-08 academic year. She served as Senior Scholar for the Adele H. Stamp Student Union from 2005-2011, Director of the Office of Community Service-Learning from 2003 to 2005, Director of Commuter Affairs and Community Service from 1992 to 2003, and Director of the Office of Commuter Affairs from 1983 to 2003, all at the University of Maryland.
Dr. Jacoby has served as Campus Compact’s Engaged Scholar for Professional Development. In addition, she is Senior Scholar for the National Clearinghouse for Commuter Programs. She was Director of the National Clearinghouse for Commuter Programs from 1983 to 2003.
Barbara received her Ph.D. from the University of Maryland in French Language and Literature in 1978. She is Affiliate Associate Professor of College Student Personnel in the Department of Counseling and Personnel Services, where she teaches doctoral and undergraduate courses.
Jacoby's publications include six books: The Student as Commuter: Developing a Comprehensive Institutional Response (ASHE-ERIC Higher Education Reports, 1989), Service-Learning in Higher Education: Concepts and Practices (Jossey-Bass, 1996), Involving Commuter Students in Learning (Jossey-Bass New Directions for Higher Education, 2000), Building Partnerships for Service-Learning (Jossey-Bass, 2003), Civic Engagement in Higher Education (Jossey-Bass, 2009), and Looking In, Reaching Out: A Reflective Guide for Community Service-Learning Professionals (with Pamela Mutascio, Campus Compact, 2010).
She has been a member of the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education since 1980. She has held many leadership positions in NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education and ACPA – College Student Educators International. She was selected as an ACPA Senior Scholar for 2010 to 2015 and received the 2010 Maryland Campus Compact Scholarship Award. Dr. Jacoby writes and consults extensively and makes numerous speeches and presentations across the U.S. and around the world. Her institution and professional associations have recognized her outstanding work on behalf of service-learning and commuter students.
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