Université de Montréal is enriching its undergraduate training offering to include experiential learning opportunities through a new, optional, personalized path of study called RECI. The RECI course is intended for students who want to live enriching experiences in one or another of the three areas that give it the acronym: research and creation, community, international.
Scenarios, case studies, simulations, internships: the RECI course is based on what is called experiential learning. This approach, which has taken hold in recent years in the university environment, explores a series of pedagogical practices that combine, in the university curriculum, practical experience with problem solving. It integrates an applied and professional component in theoretical training and often includes a social involvement component that opens new horizons for students.
A first experience at the beginning of the 2022 school year
The RECI path will, in its inaugural phase, be reserved for undergraduate students in music, nursing, political science, as well as informatics and operational research. RECI-approved activities will be offered to them this fall. Other programs will be added over the next few years.
Concretely, students involved in a RECI path will select courses and choose internships in community settings, stays abroad or research projects rooted in the community. In addition to giving meaning to their training, the RECI course will offer them unique opportunities to acquire transversal skills, live multiple experiences outside the University and build their choice of orientation in an evolutionary way. Those who have accompanied him will receive, at the end of the route, a RECI distinction.
Managers from the faculties in question have been appointed to help students who wish to follow the RECI course. This network of resource people in terms of pedagogical advice and dedicated to academic success will take place, at the beginning of the next academic year, in the faculties as the course is implemented throughout the University.
“I am convinced that the RECI course has the ability to transform our educational approaches and adapt to the experiences our future students will want to have,” says Vice-Chancellor of Community and International Partnerships, Valérie Amiraux, whose team pilots the project closely collaboration with the Vice-Rectory of Student Affairs and Studies. I hope that many of them will take advantage of this new opportunity to distinguish themselves during their stay at the University, but also in society. Through the RECI course, the idea is to allow them to invent their personal and professional history.”
To learn more about the new RECI course and follow its development, visit this website.