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LIA Orientation

Getting Started

Students follow these directions: 

  1. Complete the Online Orientation below and the quiz (on LIA Forms  page), and print out the Syllabus and the forms from  LIA Forms  page. Read the Syllabus carefully. 
  2. Discuss the project, learning objectives and activities with your faculty sponsor and site supervisor and complete the Applied Learning Contract.
  3. Get the necessary signatures showing their approval of your contract. Check with your faculty sponsor who must get the registration numbers you need in order to register.
  4. Register and pay for the course.
  5. Complete all requirements for evaluation by the due date set by your faculty sponsor.
LIA Forms

LIA Orientation

To complete the LIA Orientation, please read the information contained on this web page. When complete, cut and paste the questions from the LIA Orientation Quiz below and add your answers and send them, along with any other questions, to the LIA Coordinator at this email address:



Learning into Action (LIA) is:

  • A 30-hour (1 credit) integrative learning experience (ILE) indivdually designed by the student that can represent a "real-world" experience in a career interest area.
  • An opportunity for Running Start students to combine their senior culmination project with an ILE class for SVC that meets both requirements.

LIA Program Goals

  • Design your own independent project in which you can apply knowledge and skills gained via formal education and college coursework
  • Analyze and reflect upon new insights gained from your project experience
  • Demonstrate college-level writing and/or speaking skills

Roles & Responsibilities of LIA Participants

LIA Student

  • Complete the online orientation and obtain appropriate forms from the LIA Forms page. Decide on a project in which you can apply knowledge and skills gained in the college classroom.
  • Ask a SVC Faculty member to sponsor you for the project, who will guide the your LIA process and grade it when you are finished.
  • Draft at least three (3) learning objectives which are stated in measurable terms. (Use the S.M.A.R.T. Objectives Guidelines Sheet or Learning Objectives Worksheet on LIA Forms page for assistance.) For each LIA credit in excess of the first credit, add one more objective and 30 hours of work for each additional credit. You should collaborate with faculty, supervisors, or others to develop your learning objectives.
  • Arrange for a Site Supervisor at the placement site, if necessary, who will monitor/mentor you and provide signature approval for objectives and verify the hours you list on your timesheet. 
  • Register for the class.
  • Carry out the project as designed and required by program guidelines and Faculty Sponsor. This usually includes:
    • Self-reflection on the learning process through six (6) weekly reflective journal entries or periodic contact as defined by the Faculty Sponsor.
    • A final analytical term paper of three or more pages demonstrating college-level writing skills or an oral presentation explaining how your objectives were met, what challenges you overcame, and what learning you derived from the project (see Syllabus)
  • Abide by all agreements set forth at the placement site and stated in the Applied Learning Contract.
  • Process paperwork and tasks according to timeline for successful completion of the project.
  • Keep communications timely, clear, and respectful.

Faculty Sponsor

  • Provide guidance to students to create a viable applied learning project with clear statements of measurable learning objectives to be completed in the project.
  • Support student as needed throughout the process of planning, registering for, and carrying out the project.
  • Review and respond to weekly journals or hold periodic communications requiring reflection.
  • Grade the final analytical term paper or oral presentation and/or other products that were assigned as part of the evaluation process.
  • Enter the final grade for the student your Instructor's Briefcase.
  • If the student is doing a project under the direct, continuous supervision of his/her Faculty Sponsor, the Faculty Sponsor can also be the Site Supervisor (see below). In such cases, the faculty member may be eligible for a stipend processed through the Office of the Academic Dean.

Site Supervisor

  • If the student is doing an independent project at a worksite, the supervisor there should be the Site Supervisor for the LIA student.
  • Site Supervisors must sign the Applied Learning Contract showing approval of the learning objectives and proposed activities. Adjustments should be discussed with the student upfront regarding the feasibility of completing the objectives and activities proposed.
  • Monitor the performance and hours that the student spends on the LIA project at the site, and sign the time sheet at the end of the project to verify hours completed.
  • Complete the Site Supervisor Evaluation and give it to the student, who will incorporate this information into their analytical summary paper.
  • If possible, help the student make other connections in her/his professional network, so that the student can gain as much information as possible about the career field of focus.

Typical Components of a LIA Project

  • Completed Learning Contract
  • Reflective Journals (Weekly)
  • Time Sheet(s)
  • Supervisor Evaluation
  • Student Self Evaluation
  • Final Analytical Term Paper

Requirements For Registration

These requirements often happen simultaneously and can be accommplished in any order.
  • Complete the LIA online Orientation
  • Choose a Project and/or Placement Site
  • Find a faculty sponsor
  • Develop and write three Learning Objectives
  • Complete the Learning Contract
  • Get signatures from faculty and your site supervisor
  • Obtain class line number and course entry code from faculty sponsor and register for the class

Ideas For Projects

Take an inventory and assess what you are already doing...
Are you:
  • Working or volunteering at a community-based agency?
  • Active in student government?
  • Planning a purposeful travel?
  • Involved in a campus-based club or organization?
  • Wmployed in a work study project related to your major?

Those activities may be appropriate for LIA credit.

Also consider:
  • What will you major in, and what is your career goal at this time? Can you find a LIA project that will put you in the "real world" setting of that career?
  • If you are unsure but are considering a couple of different fields, you may want to explore one or more of them through your project.
  • If you still don't have a clue as to what you will major in at the university, visit the SVC Career Center for some Career Exploration advice and suggestions.
  • Talk to a faculty member about what they might like you to accomplish as a special project.
  • Collaborate with other students for ideas. You may propose a group of series of individual projects.
  • Checkout the LIA Past Placement link on the LIA Forms page.
  • If you are still stuck, contact the LIA Coordinator for more ideas or tips.

Applied Skills Learning Contract

1. Fill out Student Information and Organization/Site Information
2. Fill out Learning Objectives and Activities for reaching those objectives
3. Have supervisors and sponsors sign the contract showing that they approve of the objectives and activities
4. Obtain of copy of your learning objectives so you can write about them at the end of your LIA project

Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives for LIA are: What you intend to demonstrate, learn and accomplish by the end of your project. They are your goals or intended learning outcome for your project.

  • (Drama) I will apply and expand my leadership skills by coaching students through class exercises and during rehearsals.
  • (Computer Information) I will improve my programming skills and knowledge of the C++ language by developing a progran that demonstrates my understanding of advanced concepts.
  • (Political Science) I will advance my knowledge of the budgeting process of student govenrment her at SVC by participating in the Student Activities Budge Committee.
  • (EDUC 299) I will demonstrate my knowledge and further my skills in classroom leadership and management by leading small and large reading groups.
    • I will design and carry out small group lessons in science.
      • Activities to meet this objective:
        1. Lead reading groups
        2. Instruct a small science group
  • (Accounting) I will apply acounting principles to collection of funds and calculations of income throught the following activities:
    1. Create documents in Excel to track pledges and donations
    2. Track payments in database calls PDS
    3. Create a plan to pursue deliquent pledges
  • (Spanish) I will further my Spanish language skills by tutoring first-year Spanish students at SVC.

These are just a few examples of previous LIA Learning Objectives. There are many possibilities available.

Reflective Journals

What is a Reflective Journal?
A reflective journal summarizes what you experienced and provides a personal response to that experience. For example, it might involve analyzing or critiquing the experience in loght of earlier learning or future goals. It is not just a summary of what happened. You should include how you are using knowlege and skills that you gained through formal education.
Ideas for Reflective Journals
  • Write about the best thing that happened to you this week
  • What is the most difficult part of your work?
  • What do you do on a typical day at your LIA work site?
  • What did you dislike most this week? Why?
  • If you were in charge where you volunteer, what would you do differently?
  • If you were the supervisor what could you do to improve things?

How Do I Complete My LIA Project to Get Graded?

  1. Submit your weekly journals, as required
  2. Complete your Time Sheet and ensure it is signed by your site supervisor
  3. Write a 3-page LIA Analytical Paper and complete any other assignments required by your faculty sponsor and turn them in by the due date
  4. Turn in your completed Supervisor Evaluation Form (ensure you give them plenty of time to complete the form so you can turn it in on time)

Grading is determined by the Faculty Sponsor and all documents go to the Faculty Sponsor for grading. 

LIA Checklist

  • Plan your project independently or in collaboration with a faculty sponsor and/or site supervisor
  • Complete a Learning Contract with signatures of faculty sponsor and site supervisor (these may be the same person)
  • Obtain reagistration information from your Faculty Sponsor
  • Register and pay for the LIA credit
  • Record activities on your Time Sheet
  • Submit your weekly Reflective Journal to your Faculty Sponsor
  • Ask your Supervisor to complete the Supervisor Evaluation Form and sign your Timesheet
  • Write Final Analytical Paper to demonstrate your college-level writing skills
  • Turn your assignments in to your Faculty Sponsor for grading

LIA Quiz

Answer the questions below by cutting and pasting them into an email, then add your answers and email them to the SVC LIA Coordinator. -
1. What documents are turned in to the Faculty Sponsor?
2. Who will give you your line number and course entry code to register for LIA?
3. How many hours of LIA experience are required for one LIA credit?
4. List the typical components of a good LIA project.
Please email the LIA Coordinator if you have any other questions.
Good luck with your project!