聚类学习模型

更好的学习方式


集群学习 powers our unique and integrated academic environment. It’s all about focusing on learning as a process! 

网赌平台的 courses focus less on final products and more on helping you learn how to learn, how to take risks in your learning, 以及如何找到, 理解, and use academic knowledge to help you reach your life and career goals.

集群学习 breaks down boundaries between disciplines, between the classroom and “the real world,” and between teacher and student so that we are all learners, who—together—can change the world. 

网赌平台, you’ll tackle real-world issues and problems that you care about through personal and professional opportunities that prepare you for lifelong success.

高影响力的学习

Members of student run marketing and design agency

“It’s been a great experience working with PSU’s Marketing and Design Agency class. The students are excited to work in marketing, and they have created top-notch content for us to use.”

— Gunstock Mountain Resort’s Sales and Marketing Director

Researching Sustainable Opportunities

This is a perfect example of 集群学习 in action. Students are gaining critical hands-on experience while building a network of contacts they’ll need to work and succeed in the real world.

——唐纳德·L总统. Birx

Students at wastewater treatment lagoon

Providing Professional Consulting Services

Students meeting with country store owners

There is a real sense of pride and accomplishment when our students pitch their ideas and then bring them to fruition.

— Business Professor Denise Hutchins

集群学习 is in Fashion

“I have been able to learn about the entire business side as well as the design side of a company and that is very different from your usual merchandising and marketing major.”

卡米拉·普齐奥24岁

时尚的学生

NASA Solar Eclipse Project

Students releasing a weather balloon for a NASA solar eclipse project

“I am excited about the research, and this is also a huge opportunity for artists to get noticed and for our community to learn about what scientists are doing.”

艾米丽·罗伊24岁

More Success With Less Stress

“Roughly 90 percent of every task I complete as an educator starts with a question that I must generate and refine to solve a specific problem or improve on something. Having had that experience (at PSU) makes this process feel familiar and leads me to more success with less stress.”

格里芬·尼汉,20岁

Student presenting to class

什么是集群?

集群亮点
 
  • 集群学习, a faculty-designed pedagogical approach that emphasizes interdisciplinarity (integrating across and beyond academic disciplines), open education (increasing students’ access to both knowledge and knowledge creation), and project-based learning (learning through sustained, 应用项目). 教师 are involved in significant professional development to engage in various ways with these approaches across all PSU courses.
  • The HoME (Habits of Mind Experience) program, our signature general education program that focuses on purposeful communication, 解决问题, 整合的视角, and self-regulated learning. The Habits of Mind are deeply connected to 集群学习 and serve as the outcomes at the core of 集群学习. As part of HoME, all PSU students take “Tackling a Wicked Problem” and the “Integrated Capstone.” These two courses provide the bookends for the Cluster experience; they are interdisciplinary, project-based courses that engage 开放教育al Resources (OER) as core texts, and that focus squarely on the Habits of Mind.
  • 网赌平台的 majors are also deeply involved in the Cluster Model. When we create new majors that emphasize interdisciplinary connections across academic domains, 网赌平台现在称它们为 集群专业. Since we rolled out the Cluster Model, faculty have been inspired to create several new 集群专业, 包括气候研究, digital music production and entrepreneurship, 法医科学, 游戏设计, 机器人, and sustainability studies. 网赌平台的 first and enduring “Cluster Major” is our interdisciplinary studies major, which allows students to customize new paths across multiple fields as guided by their own curiosity and career goals. Students in more traditional majors still participate in the integrating energy of 集群专业 when they come together with other students from other majors in their Integrated Capstone, putting their expertise to work as part of an interdisciplinary team.
  • 网赌平台的 administrative structure has also taken a page from the Cluster Model. Previously organized by departments, we now have more integrated “学术单位,” which groups families of programs together under larger umbrellas for the administrative work of budgeting, 类调度, 晋升和终身职位, 以及其他操作. This allows our faculty to work more closely with their colleagues and diminish the siloization effect that the more granular department structure tended to have.
  • 网赌平台的 co- and extra-curricular offices have, where appropriate, also adopted the language and philosophies of the Cluster Model. 
Specific Elements of Clusters

  • Clusters are based on the belief that in today’s world you not only need a core focus but must be able to synthesize, 交流与, and engage in a team-based environment across disciplines.
  • Clusters acknowledge that most discoveries are being made between disciplines or result from a synthesis of ideas and concepts from many areas.
  • Clusters are a format for experimental and self-directed learning based on real world issues and 应用程序.
  • Clusters involve a new pedagogy and approach to learning, incorporates and is embodied in the Habits of Mind:
    • 解决问题
    • 集成的角度
    • 自主学习
    • 有目的的交流
  • Clusters are a new way to learn based on the needs of the 21st century and are built on the realization that information and data are now readily available, 伙伴无处不在, and the challenges are complex and multidisciplinary.
  • Clusters are based on the findings and recommendations of the national academies of Science and Engineering.
  • Clusters support the belief that knowledge is changing and growing so fast that rather than pounding in everything we know today, our goal should be to create a framework and skill set that students can build on throughout their whole career.
  • This is a skills-based approach that implements the best practices of the business and industry, 职业, and graduate school recommendations and needs.
  • PSU is a leader in this field and has literally written the book on reinvention of higher education.
  • Clusters help us design our strategic focus and eventually will evolve into five to seven program families.
  • Cluster majors and Interdisciplinary studies are the embodiments of cross-disciplinary skills development that often focus on key challenge areas. Currently we have six Cluster majors: Climate, 可持续性, 取证, 游戏设计, 机器人, 和数字音乐, with the ability for everyone to create their own major.
  • Clusters do not replace majors, they strengthen them and emphasize cross disciplinary discovery and integration, 应用程序, and 解决问题 skills.
  • Clusters are built on underlying disciplines and structurally supported by academic units. 
  • Clusters often employ open-source resources for both knowledge discovery and creation (often reducing the cost of textbooks and increasing the relevance and timeliness of information).
  • We have seven Cluster focal areas: Exploration and Discovery, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, 艺术, 人文学科, 和技术, Tourism and Environmental 可持续性, Education Democracy and Societal Change, 司法与安全, and 健康 and Human Enrichment.
  • Clusters have four experiences, a Wicked Problem class upon entry, followed by an Integrative Capstone in the junior or senior year, Integrative Skills Development built around your major, and Open Laboratory experiences based on real world design and development opportunities.
  • Clusters are a movement to reintegrate the liberal arts, technology, and science.
  • Clusters were born in the environments of innovation, 创造力, 和现实世界的实践, and are driven by the need to recreate education to provide leaders, cross disciplinary thinkers, and entrepreneurs for the future based the way we now work, 生活, and learn throughout our lifetimes.
AI要说什么
 

We asked Artificial Intelligence (AI) to define PSU's 集群学习 concept and it generated the following solid definition:

The Cluster Model at 网赌平台 is a transformative approach to education that emphasizes collaborative, multidisciplinary work transcending individual disciplines. It is designed to prepare students for the challenges of the 21st century by engaging them in real-world projects that address complex societal issues. Through the Integrated 聚类学习模型, students work with diverse teams from various backgrounds, partnering with local communities and organizations to create a more efficient, 公平的, and forward-thinking ecosystem of ideas. This model blends practice with innovation, providing students with hands-on experience and a skill set sought after by future employers, fostering critical thinking, 协作, 职业准备.