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IDEA101 Sample Syllabus


The Carillon Studio: Creative Problem Solving and Design Your Maryland Experience

Course Description

The Carillon Studio (IDEA101) is required of all Carillon Community students and will introduce you to Carillon and the University of Maryland. In this course, you will learn Design Thinking and collaboration strategies and apply these to two projects: the “Design Project” and “Design My Maryland.”

Course Goals

  • To assist you in the transition to the UMD community
  • To introduce you to the academic environment at UMD Course Meeting Information
  • To help you establish goals for your collegiate experience Community Sessions
  • To support the mission of Carillon Communities

Course Learning Outcomes

  1. Articulate the impact of Design Thinking and collaboration skills
  2. Apply Design Thinking skills to a Big Question:
    • Empathize with different people.
    • Generate ideas.
    • Prototype to test.
  3. Interview faculty, staff, other students, and potential employers to learn pertinent information
  4. Collaborate effectively with others, identifying the value of diverse points of view and constructively accept and provide feedback to each other on the teamwork
  5. Participate meaningfully in an active learning environment
  6. Find and assess resources and opportunities for making decisions related to your educational path

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Carillon Communities creates an inspiring and supportive living and learning environment for first-year students. Carillon promotes an environment where students develop a sense of belonging and trust to support their academic success and innovative thought. In Carillon, students consider their own interests and knowledge, and become more active agents in their own education.


  • The official form of communication for the University is via email. The University expects that your contact information is current in Testudo (
  • For this course we will communicate via email, ELMS conversations and ELMS announcements. It is expected that you will regularly check your email and the course ELMS site. Note that ELMS has options for notifications, configure your notification settings appropriately. Be sure to provide the most appropriate email in your student information in Testudo.
  • When communicating with the course instructor or other students, use an informative and appropriate subject (eg. Carillon Your Name Absence From Class), and use salutations and a signature in all correspondence.
  • When communicating about course work in case of an extended UMD emergency closure, we will send the class an email announcement and post an announcement in ELMS.

All course policies support University Policies.

Topics that are addressed in these various policies include academic integrity, student and instructor conduct, accessibility and accommodations, attendance and excused absences, grades and appeals, copyright and intellectual property. It is your responsibility to understand your rights and responsibilities as expressed in these policies. This page also provides information about valuable resources to support your academic success, as well as overall health and well-being.

Mask Policy: President Pines provided clear expectations to the University about the wearing of masks for unvaccinated students. Face coverings over the nose and mouth are required while you are indoors at all times. There are no exceptions. Students not wearing a mask will be given a warning and asked to wear one, or will be asked to leave the classroom immediately. Students who have additional issues with the mask expectation after a first warning will be referred to the Office of Student Conduct for failure to comply with a directive of University officials.


Students are expected to:

  • Carefully read and follow the UMD Policies – see above.
  • Attend and participate in weekly class meetings for IDEA101.
  • Engage in discussions by listening respectfully to others, sharing ideas, asking questions and by being a strong contributor in team projects and in the learning community of this section.
  • Exercise professionalism and participate in an atmosphere of mutual respect.
  • Complete assignments according to the guidelines provided by the due date.
  • Connect with instructor if you are struggling in any aspect of the course. Your success is important to us.

Absences and Missed Due Dates

  • If you have any concerns that will impact your participation in class or meeting a due date, let one of us know.
  • If you will be absent from the IDEA101 Studio Section, notify your course instructor as soon as feasible by sending an email with the subject line: Carillon Your Name Absence From Class.
  • For planned absences, notify your instructor prior to the end of the Schedule Adjustment Period (See Testudo Schedule of Classes).
  • To receive an opportunity to make up missed work due to absence, please provide a self certified note that explains the absence, the dates missed, and a statement that the information is accurate and in accordance with the expectations in the University of Maryland Code of Student Conduct.
  • As participation is a significant part of the course experience, students who have two unexcused absences from this class will receive a failing course grade. Students must meet with the course instructors following an unexcused absence from class.

Religious/Cultural Observance

Persons who have religious or cultural observances that coincide with this class should let the instructor know via email as soon as possible. I strongly encourage you to honor your cultural and religious holidays. However, if I do not hear from you in advance, I will assume you will attend all class meetings.

The assignments for this course consist of Weekly Reflection assignments, Missions and Community Session Participation.

The assignments for this course consist of Weekly Reflection assignments, Missions and Community Session Participation.

The Weekly Reflection assignments will invite you to reflect on the work that we completed during the Studio Section that week. Each reflection is worth 4 points. Submit each Weekly Reflection assignment on ELMS. Reflections are due the day before our Studio Section meets by 5pm.

Missions are activities that help break down the two projects in the course. Points for each mission vary. Details about how to complete these assignments are posted on the course ELMS page. Missions are due the day before our Studio Section meets by 5pm.

Community Session Participation is earned by attending Community Sessions on Mondays. We encourage you to attend all of the sessions. The topics have been selected to support your transition to the University of Maryland and help you explore various opportunities. You are required to attend the following sessions:

  1. Academic Planning
  2. I-Series Faculty Roundtable
  3. Bystander Training
  4. ***One session of your choice***
Week Number Community Session (Monday, 5-5:50 p.m.) *Required Studio Section Details (Tuesday, 4 to 5:30 p.m.) Assignments (Details in ELMS)
n/a August 30 Welcome to Carillon Welcome n/a
1 September 6 Labor Day — No Session September 7 Course Introduction, Community Norms, Launching Teams Reflection: Week 1 (4 points) Mission: Team Canvas (4 points) — start in class, finish outside of class with team
2 September 13 Effective Studying & Time Management September 14 Launch Design Project: Build Empathy through Interviewing, Frame a Question Reflection: Week 2 (4 points) Mission: Creative Self-Assessment (2 points)
3 September 20 Bystander Training - 0101, 0102, 0106* OR Self-care & Wellness September 21 Design Project: Generate Ideas, Prototype to Test Reflection: Week 3 (4 points) Mission: None
4 September 27 Artist Talk with Cy Keener September 28 Design Project: Design Review & Synthesis Launch Design My Maryland Reflection: Week 4 (4 points) Missions: ● Design Project Team Synthesis (4 points) — to be completed in class with team ● Friends and Family Interviews (4 points)
5 October 4 Bystander Training - 0117, 0112, 0103, 0115* October 5 Design My Maryland: Learn from Friends & Family interviews, Mind mapping to generate ideas, Planning interviews with professionals Reflection: Week 5 (4 points) Missions: ● Sign up for One-on-One Meeting ● Interview Plan (2 points) ● Draft Email to Professionals (2 points) ● Interview 1 (4 points) ● Interview 2 (4 points)
6 October 11 Bystander Training - 0104, 0113, 0107, 0108* OR Student Involvement Panel October 12 One-on-One Meetings Reflection: Week 6 (4 points) Mission: Interview Questions (2 points)
7 October 18 Bystander Training - 0109, 0105, 0111, 0110, 0118* OR The More Terps Know October 19 Design My Maryland: Faculty Interviews & Panel Reflection: Week 7 (4 points) Mission: None (Make sure you’re completing your Interviews with professionals!)
8 October 25 Academic Planning* October 26 Design My Maryland: Learn from Interview 1 Reflection: Week 8 (4 points) Mission: None (Make sure you complete your second interview with a professional!)
9 November 1 Internships November 2 Design My Maryland: Learn from Interview 2 Reflection: Week 9 (4 points) Mission: None
10 November 8 I-Series Faculty Roundtable* November 9 Design My Maryland: Brainstorm to generate ideas for My Maryland Plan, Introduction to Elevator Pitches Reflection: Week 10 (4 points) Missions: ● Personal Elevator Pitch (4 points) ● My Maryland Plan (12 points) — started in class, due Nov. 22
11 November 15 Education Abroad November 16 Design My Maryland: Present Elevator Pitches Conclude Course: Synthesis & Celebration of Learning Reflection: Final Reflection (4 points) Mission: None (Complete your My Maryland Plan!)

Note: This is a tentative schedule, and subject to change as necessary – monitor the course ELMS page for current deadlines. In the unlikely event of a prolonged University closing, or an extended absence from the University, adjustments to the course schedule, deadlines, and assignments will be made based on the duration of the closing and the specific dates missed.

Academic, IT, and student support resources can also be found on the IDEA101 ELMS site under Resources.

Accessibility and Disability Services

Students who have approved academic accommodations from Accessibility and Disability Services must schedule a meeting regarding the Acknowledgement of Student Request form prior to the end of the Schedule Adjustment Period (See Testudo Schedule of Classes) or if accommodations are approved mid semester, as soon as possible after accommodations are approved.

Statement of Basic Needs

Any student who has difficulty affording groceries or accessing sufficient food to eat every day, or who lacks a safe and stable place to live, and believes this may affect their performance in this course, is encouraged to use the resources listed below for support.

Names, Pronouns, and Self Identifications

Our institution's official policy states that "The University of Maryland recognizes that name and gender identity are central to most individuals' sense of self and well-being, and that it is important for the University to establish mechanisms to acknowledge and support individuals' self-identification."

One way we can support self-identification is by honoring the name and pronouns that each of us go by. Many people may go by a name in daily life that is different from their legal name. In this classroom, we seek to refer to people by the names that they go by.

Pronouns can be a way to affirm someone's gender identity, but they can also be unrelated to a person's identity. They are simply a public way in which people are referred to in place of their name (e.g. "he" or "she" or "they" or "ze" or something else). In this classroom, you are invited (if you want to) to share what pronouns you go by, and we seek to refer to people using the pronouns that they share. The pronouns someone indicates are not necessarily indicative of their gender identity. Visit to learn more.

Additionally, how you identify in terms of your gender, race, class, sexuality, religion, and dis/ability, among all aspects of your identity, is your choice whether to disclose (e.g., should it come up in classroom conversation about our experiences and perspectives) and should be self-identified, not presumed or imposed. We will do our best to address and refer to all students accordingly, and we ask you to do the same for all of your fellow Terps.

Student Mental Health and Wellbeing

University of Maryland is committed to the mental health and wellbeing of its students. If you or someone you know is feeling overwhelmed, depressed, and/or in need of support, services are available. For help, contact The Counseling Center 301-314-7651 during and after hours, on weekends and holidays, or through its counselors physically located in the Shoemaker Building For a listing of other mental health resources available on and off campus, visit:

Inclusive Learning Environment and Reporting Hate Bias

Students will be invited to share their thoughts in class and a diversity of opinions is welcome. Respectful communication is expected, even when expressing differing perspectives. Supporting one's statements with research findings is encouraged. In accordance with free speech statutes, speech that contains threats of violence is prohibited. Interpersonal as well as intellectual discomfort may arise in this course.

If you become particularly distressed about any discussion, please speak to the course instructor immediately, and/or take advantage of the services offered by the campus' Counseling Center:

If you experience racism or other forms of bias or hate in this class or any Carillon Communities course, we encourage you to report the experience to your instructor and/or Carillon Communities Staff. Please also report all incidents of hate and bias to the Office of Diversity and Inclusion - Bias Incident Support Services at

Mandatory Reporting Statement

It is our mission to cultivate a learning environment in which you feel comfortable sharing information related to your life experiences in classroom discussions and assignments. As course instructors, one of our responsibilities is to help create this space and to keep the information shared in our classroom private to the greatest extent possible. However, as Instructors at the University of Maryland and employees of the State of Maryland, we have a mandatory reporting responsibility to disclose to the Office of Civil Rights & Sexual Misconduct any information regarding incidents or suspicion of any sexual misconduct, harassment, abuse, or crime that may have occurred. If you would like to speak to someone confidentially about something that has occurred, please contact CARE’s 24 Hour Line at (301) 741-3442.

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