“Integrate It!” – Introducing the college’s very own blog dedicated to the topic of active and integrated learning. What is integrated learning, you might ask? By definition, it’s the connection of disciplinary and interdisciplinary ideas to complex contexts, the building of knowledge across the curriculum and co-curriculum, and the application of this education to situations on and off campus. Basically, we mix it up and learn how one curriculum intersects with another.

Please check out our diverse articles written by faculty, staff, and students, and learn more about the Cascadia campus culture! Each post will guide you to common themes and categories surrounding Integrated Education. We look forward to sharing our experiences, and hope you’ll want to share yours!

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What is Integrate It?  Integrate It! is the name of Cascadia College’s blog site. It was created using WordPress and it’s dedicated to the topic of active and integrated learning.

Integrate what, exactly?  Anything related to active or integrated learning. The possibilities abound: Write about a learning community that you’re teaching. Invite people to participate in a class discussion or experience. Solicit volunteers for an event. Share ideas. Collect feedback.  Students have written blogs on connecting their education to the campus grounds, staff have explored what science can be found in the wetland, and professors connect their classes to media and empathy!

Who is the audience for this blog?  The intended audience is our greater community, including Cascadia employees, students, and members of the public in our immediate area!  But if we do this well, anyone who is interested in the topic of active and integrated learning will be able to find the site and ask for permission to join.

Is the blog public? Can anyone post to it?  Yes, it is Public. In fact, there’s a link to it on the homepage of our website, we invite you to share it with your friends and community! You can request an account in order to post content on the blog, but anyone can read it and respond to blog posts.

How would someone go about opening an account?  If you’re interested in joining the conversation, please email webhelp@cascadia.edu and we’ll get you all set up.

Is there a certain writing style I need to use?  Nope. Write in a style that is comfortable to you. The blog is not a news source, so it doesn’t have to present both sides of an argument.

Is there an ideal length?  No again. Your post might be three long paragraphs, three sentences, or three thought provoking words.

Are there any rules?  There are a few: Identify who you are and your affiliation with Cascadia. Always be truthful. And absolutely no disparaging remarks about people or institutions, obscenities, sexual harassment, bullying, or revealing of college secrets. Oh! And credit your sources. These rules are based on those suggested by David Meerman Scott, author of The New Rules of Marketing & PR

Do I need to tag my blog posts?  Actually, no one ever asks this question but the answer is yes please. Tagging your blog posts is the method by which entries are organized and archived for reference. First, select a category (art, engineering, events, learning communities, etc.). Then, enter tags for your post (name of a specific artist, a class project, an event name, a course title, etc.).

That’s all! We hope you explore the various pages, and discover what intriguing and exciting things Cascadia has to offer!

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