IDEA builds upon the Ball State Immersive Learning framework. Not all IDEA projects will include all aspects of the Ball State Immersive Learning framework. However, projects proposed, funded, and/or promoted under the Ball State Immersive Learning Initiative must meet all its criteria. The list below describes IDEA in relation to the Ball State Immersive Learning framework:

Carry academic credit. IDEA will work with faculty to facilitate course-based immersive learning projects as well as whole course experiences for the apprentices. Faculty can consider the CTE as a resource for implementing outreach projects for all their students. With approval from their course instructor, IDEA apprentices may also count their course-facilitated projects towards their IDEA portfolio. Academic partners may convene dedicated courses for whole-course immersion of IDEA apprentices that are designed around the IDEA framework. This may include BBC Fellows experiences.

Engage participants in an active learning process that is student-driven, guided by a faculty mentor. The apprenticeship model puts the onus on the student to see the project to its completion in a reciprocal relationship with teachers and schools.

Produce a tangible outcome or product. The students will build demonstrable models for schools and a web-based resource site that links all teachers to the ERA modules in iTunes U and rGrade. Furthermore, a documentary vignette will be produced by students to document the process, topics that the students identify and Ball State’s role in helping schools in Indiana.

Involve at least one team of students, often working on a project that is interdisciplinary in nature. Each participating course will be made up of students from across the various content areas in teacher education.

Include community partner(s) and have an impact on the larger community as well as on the participants. Working with local schools, the results can have an impact on their use of technologies in everyday practice.

Focus on student learning outcomes. One goal of this project is to strengthen the technology practices of pre-and in-service teachers which will lead to improved student learning over time.

Help students define a career path or make connections to the profession or industry. The apprenticeship model employed in this project places future teachers in real-world situations in schools. Like the practicum and student teaching, students gain practice with school-based engagement of in-service teachers as they bring their own technology skills to schools.