News Tagged as Learning Clusters

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Learning Clusters Examine Contemporary and Enduring Issues

Mar 05, 2024

The annual Learning Cluster empowers SUA faculty and small groups of 12 or fewer students to collaboratively design a month-long course centered on a specific problem or question, fostering shared

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Learning Clusters Explore Issues Both Timely and Timeless

Mar 30, 2023

The annual Learning Cluster at SUA allows faculty and groups of 12 or fewer students to co-design monthlong courses around a problem or question of interest and immerse themselves in exploring

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Learning Cluster Students Find Meaning in the Wilderness of Orange County

Feb 24, 2022

Twelve Soka students and their professor recently scaled a 4,513-foot mountain and faced a vast expanse of green and silence stretching for miles below. This elevated experience in nature was neither

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Diet and Disease: Learning to Eat Healthier on a Budget

Mar 31, 2021

More than four million Californians were receiving benefits from CalFresh, the state’s food assistance program, at the start of 2020. When the pandemic hit, more people than ever found themselves

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From Disneyland to Data Analysis: 2021’s Learning Clusters

Feb 08, 2021

Would you like to take close-up pictures of distant galaxies? Do you wonder how US colleges plan to reopen after the pandemic? Ever contemplate Bigfoot’s relationship to the Kraken? Can you imagine a

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“Moved by Nature”: Outdoor Education and the Co-Existence of Nature and Humanity

Dec 10, 2020

On a cold January day, a dozen Soka students waded into the frigid Øresund Strait in Denmark to fish for shrimp and collect data. They’d spent the morning in the Øresund Aquarium learning about

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Learning Cluster 2020: Students Investigate the Great Drought in Brazil

Feb 11, 2020

By Professor Ian Read A great chronicler of the Brazilian backland, João Guimarães Rosa, famously wrote “good quality water is like health or freedom: it only has value when it runs dry.” Over the

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Traveling Learning Clusters 2019

Jan 30, 2019

2019 Learning Cluster students researched and studied in Malaysia, Hong Kong, and Miami with support from the Nieves Family Foundation.

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Learning Cluster Fair 2019

Jan 30, 2019

A report of the 2019 Learning Cluster Fair which showcases student participation in field research and service-learning during the winter block.

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2018 Learning Cluster Fair

Apr 05, 2018

The 2018 Learning Cluster Fair, highlighted impressive field and service-learning Soka University students participate in over the 3.5-week winter block period. Students experienced what it means to