MOSAIC 101: A Crash Course

So you are in Mosaic, now what? This page will help you get oriented to the basics of the program.


Learning Experiences

Find the "Learning Experiences" page and look around at the three strategies you can use to invent your education. 


Let your parents know about this resource! They have their own page with some FAQ's and lots of fun Family University information.

Student Blogs

Want to share your work? Share your blog with us and we will link it to the "Meet the Collective" page. This not only lets the staff/peers/family know what you are doing but it also increases the people that see your work. Expand your audience!

Google Calendar:

We use everything Google. Make sure you can log into your student Gmail account. From there you will be able to open your calendar. Your calendar is your day. Schedule in your outside classes (and you can even set reminders that 'ding' when it's time for you to leave). Schedule independent work time, time to read on your own, time to work on projects, time to do something physical, time to collaborate with group members, etc.! This calendar is yours - design your day based on what you want to learn. 

Master Calendar

Our learning experiences are placed on a master calendar. This calendar will need to be shared with you by a Mosaic staff member. If you can't see it in your list of calendars, let your advisor know ASAP.

Scheduling an Appointment

Need to talk to an advisor? Need to discuss a new project idea? Need to schedule a meeting with some group members? Use your calendar! Creating an appointment is the easiest way to guarantee time with a person. 

Creating an event:

  1. Open your Google Calendar
  2. Click the red "CREATE" button in the upper left hand corner.
  3. Create an event name (something descriptive but not too long).
  4. Fill in the date and time you'd like to meet.
  5. Fill in the location (i.e. Seminar room, 8100, office)
  6. Fill in the description section with an agenda or purpose for the meeting.
  7. Lastly, invite others to the meeting. On the right hand side, add in the names of the people you'd like to join you. They will receive an email and will be able to accept or deny your request.

Looking for available time:

Some teachers and/or group members may share their calendar with you.  If they've shared their calendar with you it will appear under "Other Calendars". You can check their calendar to see if they have any free time and then schedule the appointment. This can avoid people denying your event invitations. You can also pull up many calendars at once to quickly find a time that works for everyone involved.

Sharing your calendar:

Sharing your calendar with your teachers and group members can let them know what you are doing and when you are available.

  1. Open your Google Calendar
  2. Under "My Calendars" find the calendar you'd like to share. To the right of that calendar, click the small down arrow and select "Share this Calendar".
  3. Enter the email address of the person you'd like to share with and select the permission settings that you'd like. (We recommend "See all Event Details")
  4. Press Save. They will receive an email that you've shared your calendar with them.


Credits vs Practices

Practices are what we really focus on in Mosaic. These go by many names - life skills, habits of mind, soft skills, good human characteristics.. We have 8 big ones:

  • Personal Contributors: This goal is to see yourself as an active, important member of your communities – cohorts, classrooms, families, schools, neighborhoods, towns, state and country. We want you to complete real work that contributes to the growth and betterment of your communities.
  • Problem Solvers: This goal is to see yourself as an individual who can identify problem in their communities and design solutions through rapid prototyping and constant iteration based on feedback and reflection. Problem Solvers actively search for audiences impacted by problems and solutions.
  • Critical Thinkers: This goal is to learn to ask provocative questions and seek relevant and credible information in order to engage in arguments.  Critical Thinkers know how to influence others through becoming a credible source of information (Ethos), using credible facts and sources (Logos) and appealing to an audience (Pathos).
  • Master Communicators: This goal is to master all facets of communication, both as sender and receiver. Master Communicators craft effective, formal oral presentations and written essays, as well as informal speeches and writing. These individuals also master decoding written information and actively listen to presentation. Additionally, modern communicators also practice creating and consuming media.
  • Collaborators and Leaders: Successful students must become positive team members and leaders – and be able to identify the best role at a given time. Collaborators must be effective interpersonal communicators and be able and willing to work for the success of a team effort. Leaders must know how to create environments that inspire individual efforts on behalf of a whole.
  • Original Creators: Creators must embrace intrinsic motivation in order to create and share solutions to existing problems. Modern creators embrace the elements of Design Thinking and embrace failure as a temporary setback and opportunity to learn and grow. In order for creations to be celebrated, creators find the best way to publish and share their work with caring audiences.
  • Self Regulator: Successful individuals take time and energy to self-assess.  They become acutely aware of their time and resources in order to nurture their success and the success of a team. Additionally, they embrace their role in creating a positive, productive work environment for all participants in an academic and work setting.

Open this document to view the explanations of each of these practices.

Credits are required for graduation - 24 of them in fact. In Mosaic, you earn credits based on the work that you complete in the various learning experiences. You will need to talk to a content expert to determine what credit is available in each learning experience. These will show up on your transcript. Log into your student portal and search for "Reports - Unofficial Transcript" to see these.

Where to find your progress

Your advisor will be constantly communicating with you on your progress through the inquiry blocks and projects. Formal progress will be located in your assessment folder. Formal feedback on credits and overall performance is sent out at the end of every term.