There is nowhere else in Cleveland with the density of world-class educational resources as University Circle. Preschools, grade schools, high schools, and prestigious universities call this neighborhood home.
In 1973 UCI's Community Education Department was established to connect the resources of University Circle’s world-class institutions to students of all ages and backgrounds through informal education programs. Today, the Community Education Department manages four respected programs – Early Learning Initiative, Linking Education and Discovery, Future Connections, and Senior Connections – that positively impact the lives of children and adults throughout the region.
To learn more about UCI's Community Education Department, contact us at 216-791-3900.
Did You Know? – Informal Learning Facts
Takes place outside the formal classroom setting, i.e. in museums, concert halls, gardens, libraries, community centers, and through the media and web
Less than 3% of our lives are spent in formal instruction
Most learning occurs through informal or free-choice learning
Lifelong process guided by a person's needs and interests
Learners are engaged in real-world applications in a broad range of content
May link to formal learning in a spontaneous way
Settings advance learning by providing a physical contextual environment reflecting the content knowledge to be attained
Supports discovery and free exploration
Experiences can act as a catalyst and sustain long term interests in a field of study
Encourages opportunities for Intergenerational learning
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