Course Development

Developing a RISE Course

RISE courses must be formally identified, and the registrar must be notified of a course being designated as meeting the RISE criteria. On this website, you will find criteria for creating a RISE course, the four categories of RISE, and the process to achieve a RISE designation for your course.

RISE Criteria

For a course to qualify as fulfilling a RISE requirement, it must be credit bearing and include the following elements:

Students must engage in directed, firsthand immersive experiences in the real world, laboratory, or studio that are appropriate to the educational goals of the course and that occur beyond a normal classroom or online framework. The purposes of these external experiences are:

  • To apply and to practice concepts, methods, and skills learned in the classroom
  • To develop new knowledge through original research or dialogue with individuals and groups beyond the university

In this process, students will discern how contextual nuances change the dynamics of a learning situation and recast abstract theory. They will also gain knowledge of how to learn from experience and appreciate multiple sources of wisdom. These qualified experiences must fall under one of the four foci of RISE: research, international experience (study abroad), service learning, or experiential learning.

Students must be provided with an intellectual framework that enables them to integrate knowledge with application and theory with real-world experiences. The concepts, theories, and information that constitute the course learning objectives must be purposefully integrated with the experiential learning opportunities so as to integrate abstract learning with real-world situations, independent research, or artistic production. Selected PULs relevant to the course must become “real” to students through their experiences within the course.

To generate intentional learning from experience, students must engage in critical analysis (e.g., guided reflection). Reflective assignments and activities should link examination of the experience to course objectives, professional and personal development, and the PULs. Instructors should not only integrate the critical analysis of experience (reflection) into the course structure but they will also evaluate reflective assignments. Instructors can map their reflection assignments and activities to any or all of the following domains of learning:

  • Personal growth
  • Academic and professional development, including the Principles of Undergraduate Learning
  • Concepts of civic engagement and responsibility

The course must have a clear plan of assessment, both of student learning and the effectiveness of the experiential learning component of the course (effectiveness may be in relation to the course as a learning environment, community outcomes, or the instructor that is facilitating student learning). In developing an assessment plan for a RISE-qualified course, instructors should ensure that student learning will be assessed in relation to learning objectives identified for:

  • The course as a whole
  • The experiential learning component of the course
  • The relevant PULs

RISE Areas

To qualify under this area of RISE, courses must involve students in conducting research or artistic work under the mentorship of a faculty member.

Undergraduate research experience courses may include any scholarly or artistic activities that lead to:

  • The production of new knowledge
  • Increased problem-solving capabilities, including design and analysis
  • Original, critical, or historical theory and interpretation or the production of original works of art or artistic performances

The RISE research requirement will not be met by courses that teach about research.

Those interested in creating a RISE undergraduate research experience course should contact the Center for Research and Learning (CRL) at (317) 274-4590 to learn about more specifics that will assist in course development in this area.

To qualify under this area of RISE, courses must involve travel and learning outside the United States as well as guided reflection on the cross-cultural elements of the experience.

International experience courses may occur as part of IUPUI study abroad programs, approved study abroad programs by other U.S. institutions, or approved programs at overseas institutions. Independent study courses abroad are also eligible. Courses may be in any subject, as long as they include an experiential element (e.g., significant interaction with the host community, guided research, service learning, or workplace/community experience) and require reflection that leads to enhanced skills of international understanding and interaction, both generally with respect to the particular discipline or profession reflected in the course.

Those interested in creating a RISE international experience (study abroad) course should contact the Office of International Affairs at (317) 274-7000 to learn about more specifics that will assist in course development in this area.

To qualify under this area of RISE, instructors design learning environments that engage students in an organized service activity that meets identified community needs and through which students reflect on the service activity to gain:

  • Further understanding of course content
  • A broader appreciation of the discipline
  • An enhanced sense of personal values and civic responsibility

Those interested in creating a RISE service learning course should contact the Center for Service and Learning at (317) 278-2662 to learn access assistance and resources associated with course development in this area.

To qualify under this area of RISE, courses must involve students in community-based, prepractice experiences, including but not limited to internships, practica, co-ops, or other clinical experiences under the mentorship of a faculty member.

Experiential learning courses include community-based professional practice activities that lead to the acquisition, production, integration, or application of knowledge; to increased problem-solving capabilities and decision-making skills; to enhanced communication skills; and to professional growth in and increased knowledge of the field of practice.

The experiential learning course requirement will not be met by courses that teach about career skills. Rather, it will be met by credit-bearing professional practice-based educational experiences that involve students in application of knowledge to a community problem or in a community setting under the mentorship of a faculty member that students make the desired connections.

Courses with significant use of any of the following instructional formats may qualify:

  • Clinical education
  • Cooperative education
  • Fieldwork
  • Internship
  • Practicum
  • Student teaching
  • Mentoring practice
  • Other categories (to be determined by academic units)

Those interested in creating an experiential learning course in RISE should contact the Center for Teaching and Learning at (317) 274-1300 to learn about more specifics that will assist in course development in this area.

Steps for Existing Courses

Step 1

Consult the “Criteria for New RISE to the IUPUI Challenge Courses” and contact the appropriate center for consultation related to your course plans. Consider applying for a course development grant. Additional funds or grants may also be available for course development and implementation through the centers noted in other portions of this document.

Step 2

Design your course based on the criteria above, and secure the needed approvals within your unit or school.

Step 3

Have the course approved as a RISE offering through your school’s curriculum mechanism.

Step 4

Secure coding by the registrar for this course to be designated a RISE offering. The coding will notify students in the course catalog that this is a RISE offering and will indicate which of the four categories of RISE the course satisfies. A course section may only count in one category, and the school making the request indicates the category.

Those interested in designating an existing course or revising an existing course to fit a RISE category should notify the registrar that this course has been approved by school faculty as a RISE offering. The requesting school must indicate which of the four categories (R-I-S-E) will be used for this course. The course will be added to the RISE course inventory in the next semester based on schedule build deadlines.

View the RISE designation summary grid

RISE Approval for a New Course

If this is a new course, it needs to go through the new course approval process. The registrar will then need to be notified after the course is approved by using the manner indicated above.