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Specialization Information and Resources

Specialization in Connected Learning

Undergraduates have the opportunity to receive a Specialization in Connected Learning through the Bailey Scholars Program. They must submit a Learning Vision Statement; complete ANR 210, ANR 310, and ANR 410 with a passing grade; complete and share their Middle 12 Credits; document their co-curricular events, and give a final Learning Journey Presentation in the last semester of their final year in their undergraduate program. All together, this encompasses their learning portfolio. Through the Bailey Scholars Program they have the opportunity to craft a curriculum for their specialization in Connected Learning according to their learning interests. Upon successful completion, their transcripts will reflect their achievement of the specialization.

Learning Vision Statement

This is the basis of an undergraduate’s experience in the Bailey Scholars Program and the focus of their Specialization in Connected Learning. It is a statement that reflects their learning interests and goals, be they academic, personal, or professional. The Learning Vision Statement also includes their plans to contribute their learning and gifts to the entire community. From time to time, an experience will be so significant that it will change the direction of their learning journey. When this happens, they are expected to update their Learning Vision Statement to reflect their new ideas, directions and priorities. This is re-visited each semester with the Learning Coordinator. Please look here for examples of Learning Vision Statements.


ANR 210, ANR 310 & ANR 410

These are called the “Core Courses.” These courses provide undergraduate students the opportunity to determine as an entire course community as co-learners, through dialogue and collaboration, what it is they will learn, how they will learn it, when they will learn it, how they will assess your learning.  The aim is to provide a way for Scholars to learn with, through, and by their co-learners in a respectful, supportive environment. Faculty serve as conveners, however they are not responsible for teaching the subjects decided upon as a class. Rather, they provide a space to explore possibilities and even learn with you as co-learners. Students also may serve as a Student Convener, mentoring the class and providing insight into the experience of Bailey Core Courses from a student’s perspective. Conveners are university representatives and must ensure all policies of the universities are upheld in a respectful environment. It is expected that the work of the core course is shared with the Bailey community.


Middle 12 Credits

These are 12 credits taken after ANR 210 and before ANR 410; they are in the “middle” of an undergraduate’s Bailey learning. The purpose is to enable them to further their learning as determined by their Learning Vision Statement. The requirement is they complement their learning vision statement, and move toward achieving their individual goals. Middle Twelve courses may include regular MSU Courses, virtual university, study abroad, independent study, special topics, and internship credits. These credits may already fit into their academic plan for their major. It is a requirement that they submit a Middle Twelve Reporting Sheet to, and discuss the relevance of the experience with, the Learning Coordinator before they begin their experience or they will not be able to consider the course as counting toward their specialization. Each Middle Twelve experience must be shared in some way with the community on an individual basis upon its successful completion according to the student’s own personal style. If they are not shared with the community by the end of the following semester, they will not be eligible to be counted toward their specialization. Examples of sharing these experiences include: writing an article for the Bailey Daily, hosting a Wednesday Lunch conversation, hosting a Share Night or Share Circle, etc. When sharing learning, it should be focused on how these experiences changed the individual, and less on what they actually did. By sharing these experiences, students bring their individual learning back to the learning community. Each experience builds off the next, which is why it is necessary to treat them as individual experiences and share them as they occur.


Co-Curricular Activities

Co-Curricular Activities are valuable “real world,” not-for-credit experiences that happen beyond the classroom, but are an integral part of an undergraduate’s experience. Co-Curricular activities complement their learning experiences, and are documented by completing a Co-Curricular Activity Sheet and submitting it to the Academic Learning Coordinator. They are activities that help them learn those objectives set out in their Learning Vision Statement, give clarity to their own personal direction, and impact their learning journey. It is expected that the co-curricular activities include work inside the Bailey Scholars Program, not only outside experiences. Examples may include, but are certainly not limited to: leadership positions, internships, jobs, organization experiences, community service, travel experiences, conferences, etc.


Final Learning Journey Presentation

This presentation is given in the last semester, and typically in the last months of an undergraduate’s academic program at Michigan State University. This will give evidence of their learning over the course of their time in the Bailey Scholars Program and at MSU. They must present their overall experience in order to receive their Specialization in Connected Learning. They must provide evidence they met the objectives they set for themselves in their Learning Vision Statement, and, therefore are eligible to receive their Specialization in Connected Learning. This must be presented to the entire community, and they must allow for questions and provide answers, in order to evidence their learning. A successful presentation will include: a student’s Learning Vision Statement, if it has changed, and what caused it to change; what they learned from their ANR 210, ANR 310 and ANR 410 courses; what their Middle Twelve experiences were, how they contributed to their learning, and what they learned from them; what their Co-Curricular Experiences are, why they were significant to them, and what they learned from them; how they have given back to the community and contributed to its learning; what they have gained from their experience in the Bailey Scholars Program; and how they will utilize this experience in their future. The Director and Academic Learning Coordinator will certify undergraduates for graduation upon successful completion of all of their requirements.