Integrative learning is a teaching pedagogy that helps students connect concepts to real-world experiences. Students build upon soft skills including communication and critical thinking, which they can then apply to a variety of issues or scenarios. Integrative learning can help students adapt to the needs of a rapidly changing workplace and can help learners develop the transferable skills needed to thrive post-graduation. Within the classroom, integrative learning can help students develop a deeper understanding and appreciation for their subject area.
Integrative learning refers to a method of teaching that helps bridge the gap between the classroom and workplace. Students are asked to form connections between what they’re learning and how to apply those learnings to society and their future careers. Integrative learning often involves three steps including integrative inquiry (asking meaningful questions), application and transfer (applying skills to new situations) and reflection (making personal and professional plans based on self-reflection). An example of integrative learning is an ePortfolio, where students are asked to select evidence of their learning and reflect on their knowledge gained and how to apply their understanding to academia and the real world.