It’s a diverse world out there. Many of us struggle to find open, respectful ways to explore and talk about our identities and differences. The RavelUnravel College Curriculum seeks to change that by providing an interactive, multimedia experience for students that will build their critical thinking, self-reflection, and conversation skills while exploring the tapestry of religious and spiritual identities that make up our communities and world. The RavelUnravel College Curriculum uses video content from RavelUnravel.com along with pre and post video viewing activities to engage students in thoughtful reflection and discussion on six thematic units: Identity, Values, Stereotypes, Context and Culture, Creating a Welcoming Community, and Weaving It All Together. In addition, the RavelUnravel College Curriculum contains pre and post student self-assessments that allow students to observe shifts that have occurred in their comfort levels, attitudes and behaviors related to discussing topics of religion, spirituality, culture and identity as a result of using this curriculum.
The RavelUnravel College Curriculum is designed to complement a variety of courses and disciplines in higher education, including but not limited to, first-year or advanced seminar classes, courses integrating cultural awareness, and courses in religious studies, sociology, anthropology and other social sciences. The curriculum can be used both in a traditional classroom environment as well as outside of this context, such as in learning communities, adult education courses, and student groups.
Two separate publications comprise the RavelUnravel College Curriculum: 1) the RavelUnravel College Curriculum Instructor Manual and 2) the RavelUnravel Student Workbook and Resource Guide. PDFs of each publication can be purchased from the Project Interfaith website and are compatible with mobile devices including tablets, laptops and smart phones as well as with desktop computers.
RavelUnravel College Curriculum Learning Outcomes:
• Gain an understanding of the many religious and spiritual identities of individuals in the U.S. and in the world;
• Appreciate the diversity of experiences, cultures, and perspectives that exists within a religious or spiritual identity group;
• Increase their abilities to recognize, discuss, and challenge religious and spiritual stereotypes;
• Connect with credible educational resources about religions and belief systems;
• Build critical thinking and conversation skills necessary to openly and respectfully share, learn, and discuss religious, spiritual, and cultural identity and other topics of a personal and sensitive nature;
• Identify concrete strategies to make a space welcoming for people of all faiths, beliefs, and cultures.
The RavelUnravel College Curriculum Instructor Manual contains:
• Learning goals and outcomes
• Tools and resources for assessing student learning
• Ground rules and definitions for guiding student learning and conversations
• Six thematic units (Identity, Values, Stereotypes, Context & Culture, Creating a Welcoming Space, and Weaving It All Together) with links to relevant videos from RavelUnravel.com
• Pre and post video viewing activities and discussion guides to build student skills and knowledge
• Access to an online Instructor Forum containing helpful tips and resources from peers and experts
• A copy of the supplementary RavelUnravel College Curriculum Student Workbook and Resource Guide as well as notes for how to use this tool to maximize student learning.
Note: Students will need to purchase their own copy of the Student Workbook and Resource Guide.
Project Interfaith’s RavelUnravel.com is an educational site with currently more than 900 short video interviews of individuals answering 3 questions: 1) What is your religious or spiritual identity and why do you identify as such? 2) What is a stereotype that impacts you because of your religious or spiritual identity? 3) Have you found your community to be welcoming of your chosen religious or spiritual path? Why or why not?