An Honors Interactive Experience(HIE) is a pre-approved, non-credit, engagement that is guided by either a faculty mentor, a director or a coordinator. The engagement must come from one of the HIE categories which have been approved by the Honors College Faculty Council. Each interactive experience must be bracketed by an Interactive Experience Application, Presentation, and an Interactive Experience Final Report.
With the approval of the Honors Interactive Experience Coordinator, a fully-completed HIE may satisfy either the H4, the H5, or the H6 honors requirement.
All Honors College Interactive Experiences must address one or more of the six Honors College Student Learning Outcomes. The outcomes are:
Erin Maitland is the Honors Interactive Experience Coordinator. Her office is O'Leary 300D. Her email address is Erin_Maitland@uml.edu.
Students interested in HIEs should contact Erin Maitland (Erin_Maitland@uml.edu).
To initiate and complete an Honors Interactive Experience (HIE), a student must:
Step 1: Identify an Honors Interactive Experience from the list of approved categories below. Once you identify an HIE you would like to complete, you must first contact the HIE coordinator, Erin Maitland (Erin_Maitland@uml.edu) before completing the application.
Step 2: After meeting with the HIE coordinator, fill out and submit the associated Interactive Experience Application. Depending on the experience, a student will need need to find a mentor or contact an HIE liaison connected to that experience and obtain their signature. Email a copy of the application to Erin_Maitland@uml.edu. The HIE Coordinator will inform the student whether or not the Interactive Experience has been pre-approved.
Step 3: Work on and complete their Honors Interactive Experience.
Step 4: Obtain final approval by submitting the HIE final report to the Honors Interactive Experience Coordinator at Erin_Maitland@uml.edu. The HIE coordinator will notify the student that it has been received and whether or not the completed Interactive Experience has been accepted. If accepted, the experience can be used to fulfill either an honors H4, H5, or H6 requirement. If it is not approved, the coordinator will explain why and what remedial steps must be taken. At most two Interactive Experiences may satisfy an H4, H5, or H6 honors requirement.
Step 5: Once an Honors Interactive Experience final report has been approved, the student's transcript will be annotated with a zero-credit Honors Interactive Experience course in the semester the experience was completed.
Components of an Honors Interactive Experience
All HIEs must have a reading, writing, and speaking component. Students will review all of these requirements with the HIE Coordinator, Erin Maitland, when they first meet with her.
Reading: All students must conduct some reading relative to their HIE category. Certain HIEs have a reading list associated with them, and students will either be assigned a particular book or be allowed to select from a book list. Students doing research-based experiences should be reading articles or other sources pertinent to their research topic. Students doing the Honors College Symposium, Author Based Reading, or Theme Based Reading will automatically have texts to read as part of the overall experience.
Writing: All students will need to complete a 2-3 page written, final report as part of their HIE. In this document, students will write about and reflect on their experience and/or research, how their readings tied in with their experiences, and how it connected with the Honors College Learning Outcomes.
Speaking: All students must give a final presentation on their HIE. Presentations should run about 15-20 minutes in length, and students should plan to touch upon the same things they are expected to write about in their final document.
The Honors College Faculty Council approves categories of Honors Interactive Experiences.
For more information about each of the ten approved categories contact the HIE Coordinator Erin_Maitland@uml.edu: