Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
ED 298D
Course Title:
Special Projects in Education
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Course Description

Designed to allow the student to do an individualized study in the area of education. The student is required to develop a learning contract with the assigned instructor. Instructor permission required for registration in this course. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon completion of the course, students will be able to do the following:

  • To meet whatever outcomes for this independent study course which are mutually agreed upon by the student and the instructor.

Guidelines for Core Outcomes:

Communication: Graduates of Portland Community College should be able to communicate effectively by determining the purpose of communication; analyzing audience and context to sue appropriate language and modality; and by responding to feedback to achieve clarity, coherence and effectiveness.

Community and Environmental Responsibility: Graduates of Portland Community College should be able to apply scientific, cultural, and political perspectives in understanding the natural and social world and in addressing the consequences of human activity both globally and locally, demonstrating an understanding of social change and social action.

Critical Thinking and Problem Solving: Graduates of Portland Community College should be able to think critically and creatively to solve problems, understanding and using various methods of reasoning and evaluating information and its sources.

Culture Awareness: Graduates of Portland Community College should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the varieties of human cultures, perspectives, and forms of expressions as well as their own culture's complexities.

Professional Competence:  Graduates of Portland Community College should demonstrate mastery in a discipline of profession at a level appropriate to program and transfer requirements through the application of concepts, skills, processes, and technology in the performance of authentic tasks that enhance community involvement and employability.

Self-Reflection: Graduates of Portland Community College should be self-appraising in applying the knowledge skills they have learned, examining and evaluating personal beliefs and comparing them with the beliefs of others.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Students' progress will be evaluated and criteria for assigning a course grade based upon criteria set within the learning  contract. These methods may include, but are not limited to any one or a combination of the following:

  • Exams can be essay and/or objective short answer elements that emphasize integration, application and critical examination of course concepts, issues and themes.
  • Short application papers on a specific concepts, issues and themes.
  • Term or research papers, using a variety of strategies.
  • Oral presentations resulting from research, analysis and critical evaluation.
  • Participation in discussions role-plays case studies, workshops and/or other activities.
  • Response papers or journals reflecting life experiences, events and social phenomena.
  • Service-learning tasks.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Students will develop competencies based on the mutually agreed-upon outcomes for the project.