Extending the Classroom

Both students and faculty are encouraged to take learning beyond the classroom and into their various communities. Faculty and instructors can conduct research on teaching and learning to benefit their own teaching, as well as for scholarly dissemination. They can also partner with special offices and programs to facilitate learning experiences that involve volunteer service, undergraduate research, and online and distance learning. Students can connect learning to residential life through programs that engage them in the classroom and in the residence hall.

Bloomington Continuing Studies
Hundreds of day and evening courses fit the schedules of adults seeking lifelong learning, whether that means earning a degree, upgrading professional skills, or learning a new topic for intellectual stimulation.

Intensive Freshman Seminars (IFS)
IFS is three-credit, three-week program that occurs just before the fall semester, designed especially for incoming freshmen; participants take one of 20 courses taught by some of IU’s most dedicated teachers. This is a special time for new students to become acquainted with a faculty member as they familiarize themselves with academic, campus, and Bloomington life.

Service Learning Program (CITL)
Assists in connecting community engagement with course-based learning, coordinating service-learning and community-based research for the Bloomington campus in cooperation with school-based and co-curricular initiatives.

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Program (CITL)
A faculty-driven initiative to improve undergraduate learning by fostering faculty inquiry into learning and by building interdisciplinary communities that support and refine this inquiry. This innovative form of faculty development inspires and improves undergraduate learning by engaging the scholarly talents and dedication of the faculty.

Undergraduate Researchand Creative Activity (URCA)
Provides a range of exciting opportunities for undergraduates to engage in research and creative activity. Whether it be through a one-on-one guided experience under the mentorship of one of our top faculty members, or exposure to research methods and creative expression in the context of a course, we are certain that there is an experience that fits student interests.

Many departments and centers offer opportunities to include undergraduates in research—check with your department. Undergraduate research scholarships are also available through several programs, including the Undergraduate Research Scholarship Program and the Indiana University Cox Research Scholarship Program.



Other IU Programs and Resources

Collins Living-Learning Center
A residential unit of the College of Arts and Sciences at IU Bloomington, Collins emphasizes academics, community, diversity, sustainable living, and student empowerment. Collins supplements regular University programming with its own accredited courses, arts events, social service activities, and enrichment programs.

Faculty Colloquium on Excellence in Teaching (FACET)
A community of faculty dedicated to and recognized for excellence in teaching and learning. FACET advocates pedagogical innovation, inspires growth and reflection, cultivates the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, and fosters personal renewal in the commitment to student learning through a wide-ranging program of faculty development, pedagogical exploration, and university service.

Foster International Living-Learning Center
A residential community designed to bring students from diverse backgrounds and academic interests together in a setting that promotes intercultural understanding and communication. The community of 190+ students (50% U.S. and 50% international students) represents over 20 countries around the globe.

Global Village Living-Learning Center
An undergraduate residence with the ultimate goal of expanding student knowledge of world affairs and foreign languages and cultures, preparing students for travel overseas, and assisting students in accessing IU’s and Bloomington’s many international resources. Comprising approximately 150 students, the Village strives to create a close-knit community that is diverse and respectful.

Groups Student Support Services
Federally funded program to provide financial aid counseling, academic mentoring services, and self exploration to help first-generation college students, students with limited financial resources, and students with disabilities from all racial and economic backgrounds realize their full potential.

School of Continuing Studies (SCS)
One of the largest distance and online education providers in the nation, SCS provides programs for professional development, high school diplomas, university degrees, and hundreds of courses that students can complete entirely at home.
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