Formative Experiences (FE) facilitate students’ engagement in independent experiential learning outside the classroom.
Formative Experiences fall in one of five categories: creative/research; international experience; internship; leadership; and service. Examples of specific experiences that might qualify as a FE include:
Learning objectives should be tailored to the specific experience at hand.
Students must complete an oral or written reflection on the experience that is the focus of the course such as:
The student’s performance must be evaluated by qualified faculty or staff.
Formative Experience courses may be offered as zero-credit hour or more.
This course has been approved to meet FSU’s Liberal Studies Formative Experience requirement and develops your ability to develop and use knowledge by engaging in a hands-on experience outside of the classroom.
The course syllabus or an attached appendix must outline how students will complete the reflective expectations of the Formative Experience and who will be responsible for assessing those reflections.
(Note: Scholarship in Practice courses and Formative Experience courses differ with regard to the arena in which they take place. Scholarship in Practice courses are classroom-based experiences in which student create an original product. Formative Experiences occur outside of the traditional classroom environment. A course can NOT be designated as both Scholarship in Practice and Formative Experience.)
Note: All syllabi are also required to include the syllabus language statements approved by the FSU Faculty Senate, available at http://facsenate.fsu.edu/Curriculum/Syllabus-Language