This term, we did not have the enrollment to run the HON 201_H Invitation to Inquiry Seminar. The class is a prerequisite for the HON 202_H Capstone Seminar in the spring, and it is also required for program completion. We waived these requirements so that the students can still take Capstone and finish the program.
I felt, however, that the students who had signed up for the class were missing one of the key opportunities of being in the program. In place of the seminar, I’ve arranged for independent study (HON 298_H) with these students to try to approximate some of what they would have been able to do in the seminar.
The independent study class is only one credit, so I’ve needed to be sensitive to workload. The primary requirements for the class are:
- several one-hour, discussion-based meetings during the term
- readings on critical thinking and on the role of Western research in colonization
- building an ePortfolio
While it’s not a perfect solution, I do think that the students will be better prepared for Capstone.
I also have to say that it has been so much fun meeting in my office and having discussions about the readings! Each time, I’m reminded that one of the benefits of honors education is that honors students teach each other and the students and instructor all learn.