Individualizing Your Programs
Prior Learning Assessment
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INDIVIDUALIZING YOUR PROGRAMS
Students are encouraged to pursue studies that individualize their programs. Such opportunities permit qualified students to pursue professional and academic interests in an applied manner, adding considerable depth to their understanding, over what they might achieve by reading and research alone. Individualized courses might foucus upon field study, directed study or outside training, as vehicles for study.
Specialized courses allow students to travel to sites outside their home communities for field study, observation, research and investigations, and formal training. Students conduct these individualized courses under the direction of assigned faculty advisors, at a distance, and field site sponsors, at the local learning site, assuring the experience is well organized and effective. As with the Akamai University tuition, students are responsible for any fees and expenses associated with these field site experiences.
FIELD STUDY PROGRAM
Field study courses are designed for upper division and graduate students wishing to acquire advanced professional competencies and practical knowledge of the discipline through supervised practice, internship, apprenticeship, field exploration, laboratory experience, advanced professional experience, a student-directed project, or other appropriate field investigation. The field study is intended to expose the student to cases and situations, which are representative of the role and function of an independent practitioner in the field of study. The course may be repeated in non-duplicative areas with permission of the primary mentor.
More About Field Study
Standard Research Courses
Standardized course modules are provided at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The course may be repeated by enrolling for the next number in the sequence.
Field Study Opportunities Worldwide
FLD 790-799: Field Study in XXX (1-6 credits)
Graduate students investigate core aspects of the discipline within the professional environment through close contact with practitioners and real world situations. Students may pursue field study through a supervised practice, apprenticeship, professional practice, advanced field study or other external exploration under the direction of a qualified mentor and an approved field site sponsor. Graduate students participate in the field study for a minimum of 45-50 contact hours per Akamai University semester credit. The field placement is expected to afford students appropriate practical hands on experience and in-depth knowledge of their professions. Students complete a daily journal and prepare a scholarly paper summarizing their findings for the field study. This course may be repeated using the next number in the course sequence and inserting the correct academic concentration. [Open to graduate students only]
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SPECIAL OUTSIDE TRAINING PROGRAMS
Akamai University students are permitted to access superior quality outside training programs as an integral part of their program of studies. Outside training must be undertaken through eligible education and training institutions with close facilitation by Akamai University instructors. Eligible outside training allows our students to add in a significant manner to their advanced knowledge, academically and professionally, through hands-on or face-to-face training under the leadership of qualified trainers.
Outside training may include attendance (as well as presentation) at professional conferences, seminars, workshops and symposia including small-scale gatherings for the purposes of exchanging advanced level professional, research and academic information and for planning and think-tank activities. Students may attend retreats and closed gatherings for intensive interaction relative to special areas of academic and professional interest.
Special training may also include formally structured, externally administered training and supervised apprenticeships for professional and academic development.
Credit may be awarded for outside training via the University's processes of direct credit transfer or assessment of prior learning.
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