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School of Integrative Learning adds to Doane's expanding academic structure

School of Integrative Learning adds to Doane's expanding academic structure

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Earlier this year, Doane University formed the School of Integrative Learning within its academic structure, adding to the previously established College of Arts & Sciences, College of Professional Studies, and College of Education. This year Doane also established a College of Business.


The School of Integrative Learning is comprised of undergraduate and graduate programs offered on Doane’s Crete, Lincoln, and Grand Island campuses and online.


The academic programs offered within the School of Integrative Learning include the Master of Instructional Design and Technology, Doane’s Open Learning Academy courses, DoaneX courses, and the Health Sciences Division, which includes Doane’s Bachelor of Health and Human Performance, Bachelor of Health Sciences, and RN to BSN.


Andrea Butler, Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs, Online Operations, also serves as the Dean of the School of Integrative Learning.


“The School of Integrative Learning is an incubator of new instructional techniques, delivery systems, and curriculum design for Doane,” Butler says. “We have a culture in SIL to re-imagine education and put it into action for our students. Doane is moving forward and SIL is proof of that.”


The School of Integrative Learning has been charged to be agile and innovative, to create timely educational experiences responsive to current issues and needs in the world and in the workplace. SIL seeks to blend practical education with a liberal arts foundation, as Butler describes.


Doane’s Open Learning Academy (OLA) is a great example of the innovation and nimbleness within the School of Integrative Learning. With what started as approximately a dozen courses in the Prerequisites for Health Professions, Doane now offers 50 courses within the Open Learning Academy, including topics in science, humanities, business, and mathematics. Doane’s OLA courses provide students with a convenient option to take courses offered in an eight-week term that can fulfill any gaps they have in their program.


“It’s exciting to lead the School of Integrative Learning,” Butler says. “It is supported by faculty and staff that value education and are pushing boundaries. The innovation in SIL is driven by a commitment to excellence and continuous improvement. Our innovation is based on questioning and challenging the status quo.”


“Higher education has significantly changed in the past 20 years with the development and launch of online learning approaches which provide flexibility to student learners,” Paul Savory, Provost and Executive Vice President adds. “The School of Integrative Learning allows us to continue to explore, develop, and adapt to meet the needs of future students.”


Approximately 50 faculty members teach at least one course in the School of Integrative Learning. In addition to Butler, faculty and staff members serving on the School of Integrative Learning’s leadership team include:


  • Dr. Amanda McKinney, Associate Dean of Curriculum, SIL - Division of Health Sciences

  • Dr. Deb Meier, Director of Instructional Design & Technology and DoaneX

  • April Minster, Director & Department Chair of Nursing and Health Sciences

  • Greg Seier, Director & Department Chair of Health and Human Performance

  • Kelsey Pruss, Director of Open Learning Academy

  • Kaleigh Flippin, Assistant Director of Open Learning Academy & DoaneX Learning Engagement Coordinator

  • Melissa Clouse, Director of Pre-Health Advantage Advising Program

  • Dr. Matt Beio, Faculty Coordinator for Open Learning Academy

  • Mellanie Gilroy, Office Coordinator for SIL and Online Education


This year, faculty and staff within the School of Integrative Learning will focus on integrating knowledge, experiential learning, and industry needs into the degree programs, engaging with advisory and collaborative groups, and creating an intensive/experience-rich advising model.


For more information about the School of Integrative Learning, visit here.