UM SSW and Seelio Webinar for AAEEBL | December 2013
Lessons Learned from the Community Action and Social
Change Minor at ...
UM SSW and Seelio Webinar for AAEEBL | December 2013
Today’s Webinar
1. Overview of CASC Minor
2. Integrative Learning for...
UM SSW and Seelio Webinar for AAEEBL | December 2013
Community Action and Social Change Minor
Undergraduate program in the...
UM SSW and Seelio Webinar for AAEEBL | December 2013
• Approximately 250 students
• Represent 9 schools and colleges
• Ove...
UM SSW and Seelio Webinar for AAEEBL | December 2013
Academic Components
16 credit minor:
– Foundation Course: Theories an...
UM SSW and Seelio Webinar for AAEEBL | December 2013
Role of Integrative Learning for Social Justice
• CASC minor as an um...
UM SSW and Seelio Webinar for AAEEBL | December 2013
Integrative Learning Capstone: Overview
• One-credit capstone course
...
UM SSW and Seelio Webinar for AAEEBL | December 2013
Examples of Curriculum: Integrative Learning Activity
8
For these are...
UM SSW and Seelio Webinar for AAEEBL | December 2013
Examples of Curriculum: Timeline Activity
9
High School
Graduation
1 ...
UM SSW and Seelio Webinar for AAEEBL | December 2013
Portfolios as a Tool
• Platform to capture student learning
• Portfol...
UM SSW and Seelio Webinar for AAEEBL | December 2013 11
Student Portfolio Example: Munmun Khan
UM SSW and Seelio Webinar for AAEEBL | December 2013 12
Student Portfolio Example: Ashley Godin
UM SSW and Seelio Webinar for AAEEBL | December 2013
Lessons Learned from Portfolios
• Integrative learning process is as ...
UM SSW and Seelio Webinar for AAEEBL | December 2013
Research on Integrative Learning: Analyzing Portfolios
• Currently en...
UM SSW and Seelio Webinar for AAEEBL | December 2013
Findings from the Process- Quotes from Portfolios*
“It is difficult t...
UM SSW and Seelio Webinar for AAEEBL | December 2013
Overall
Lessons
Learned
• Necessity of student buy-
in to the concept...
UM SSW and Seelio Webinar for AAEEBL | December 2013
Future Directions
• Continued research on the role of integrative
lea...
UM SSW and Seelio Webinar for AAEEBL | December 2013
Contact Information
Dr. Katie Richards-Schuster
Associate Professor &...
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Integrative Portfolios for Social Change: Lessons Learned from the Community Action and Social Change Minor at the University of Michigan

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A joint presentation between the University of Michigan School of Social Work and Seelio about how portfolios are being used as a tool in a capstone course to:

1) Think critically about community engagement in the classroom and the community;
2) Articulate their passions and commitments for social justice work;
3) Position themselves for social justice and social change in the real world.

Find a link to the webinar recording here: https://aaeebl.site-ym.com/default.asp?page=Seelio_2013

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  • Majority:College of Literature Science and Artspsychology, sociology concentrations
  • Possible to include examples of activities? Have slide for Katie and Christine– visuals if possible (pictures of SSW students? Pictures from Tony?) Class design has varied based on feedback (bi-weekly sessions, whole group/small group formats, and retreat development)
  • Slide on goals of the portfolio class? Way to demonstrate competencies? Quickly identify how SSW is using it to map competencies?After this show some examples of portfolios. One thing that’s been helpful about Seelio, is that it helps students collect work from all over the place (not 5 different static portfolios for 5 different classes); Seelio allows full integration– students do integration across their classes and students can add and move stuff around and revise. This is the next step for the class– this is something that students do in a flipped classroom. Opportunities throughout year so students think about different pieces at different times, not as a structured class.Also students use this. For grad school essays, interviews, applications etc. give opportunities to reflect and process all along the way. Helps me articulate what I care about, capstone course gives me space to do this.
  • Will have materials to add here; and feedback from students on what they gained from this
  • Also include lessons learned from process/research? Graphic? Christine has example images?
  • How students use this for employment
  • Integrative Portfolios for Social Change: Lessons Learned from the Community Action and Social Change Minor at the University of Michigan

    1. 1. UM SSW and Seelio Webinar for AAEEBL | December 2013 Lessons Learned from the Community Action and Social Change Minor at the University of Michigan Integrative Portfolios for Social Change Dr. Katie Richards-Schuster, University of Michigan School of Social Work Dr. Christine Gouveia, Seelio Educational Services
    2. 2. UM SSW and Seelio Webinar for AAEEBL | December 2013 Today’s Webinar 1. Overview of CASC Minor 2. Integrative Learning for Social Change – Role of Integrative Learning in CASC – CASC Capstone – Additional Curricular Examples 3. Portfolios as a Tool – Exploring Examples – Lessons from Portfolios 4. Evaluating Impact of Integrative Learning and Portfolios for CASC 5. Overall Lessons Learned and Future Directions 2
    3. 3. UM SSW and Seelio Webinar for AAEEBL | December 2013 Community Action and Social Change Minor Undergraduate program in the School of Social Work Developed in 2009 & launched in 2010 Goals: – Examine community action and social change concepts using a multidisciplinary framework; – Address community action and social change efforts in multilingual and multicultural communities; – Integrate, using a multidisciplinary framework, social justice values into the community action and social change processes; – Engage in service-learning opportunities to promote community action or social change initiatives. Core focus on action & critical reflection • pro 3
    4. 4. UM SSW and Seelio Webinar for AAEEBL | December 2013 • Approximately 250 students • Represent 9 schools and colleges • Over 50 different majors/concentrations • Very involved in engagement and social justice work on and off campus • Leaders in student clubs, student government, and student social justice organizations 4 CASC Student Profile
    5. 5. UM SSW and Seelio Webinar for AAEEBL | December 2013 Academic Components 16 credit minor: – Foundation Course: Theories and Practices (3 credits) – Content Clusters (12 credits) • Context (Frameworks, history, and theory for community change courses) • Diversity (Social identity, Intergroup Facilitation, Multicultural community work courses) • Action (Engaged service learning courses) – Capstone (1 credit): Integrative Learning, Reflection, and portfolio development 5
    6. 6. UM SSW and Seelio Webinar for AAEEBL | December 2013 Role of Integrative Learning for Social Justice • CASC minor as an umbrella for social justice learning • Many pathways, issues, and approaches • Essential to enable students to reflect and learn from their experiences, in the classroom and outside the classroom • Opportunity to “pull the minor together” for students- individually and collectively 6
    7. 7. UM SSW and Seelio Webinar for AAEEBL | December 2013 Integrative Learning Capstone: Overview • One-credit capstone course • Core curricular elements of course: – Leadership development and team building activities to create community, open up space for reflection, find common connections between students – Activities to prompt individual reflection on experiences (e,g. inventory activity, mapping experiences on timeline) – Small group sharing to draw out additional ideas (e.g. generative interviewing, small group activities) – Assignments that encourage the articulation of values about themselves and their work (e.g. philosophy statements, “what are you for”) – Creation of “artifacts” that help students to demonstrate specific learning experiences and “unpack” experiences, skills, and lessons learned 7
    8. 8. UM SSW and Seelio Webinar for AAEEBL | December 2013 Examples of Curriculum: Integrative Learning Activity 8 For these areas, identify 3 artifacts that are most important in describing either: • What you know • What you can do • What you value • What you have experienced Values and Beliefs Knowledge and Skills Learning Experiences Academic and Personal Interests
    9. 9. UM SSW and Seelio Webinar for AAEEBL | December 2013 Examples of Curriculum: Timeline Activity 9 High School Graduation 1 Year After Graduation • List experiences or events that you have had or would like to achieve during this timeframe • Choose three pieces of evidence that are most important in demonstrating these experiences Example:
    10. 10. UM SSW and Seelio Webinar for AAEEBL | December 2013 Portfolios as a Tool • Platform to capture student learning • Portfolio is built through the class – Students brainstorm experiences, discuss lessons learned for the portfolio – Students share and get peer feedback to revise • Students are expected to create a portfolio that includes: philosophy statement, artifacts of specific learning experiences, and statement that links experiences to future directions • Completed portfolios are shown at a “CASC Showcase” and at graduation 10
    11. 11. UM SSW and Seelio Webinar for AAEEBL | December 2013 11 Student Portfolio Example: Munmun Khan
    12. 12. UM SSW and Seelio Webinar for AAEEBL | December 2013 12 Student Portfolio Example: Ashley Godin
    13. 13. UM SSW and Seelio Webinar for AAEEBL | December 2013 Lessons Learned from Portfolios • Integrative learning process is as important as product • Development and sharing of a product helped drive student learning • Peer-group work is important for developing ideas • Showcasing work is critical for articulating passion and accomplishments • Tool for use beyond the classroom 13
    14. 14. UM SSW and Seelio Webinar for AAEEBL | December 2013 Research on Integrative Learning: Analyzing Portfolios • Currently engaged in content analysis research to examine themes in portfolios • Goal is to assess range and impact of integrative practices on learning outcomes • N= 50 portfolios from 2011, 2012 • Some of the themes that have emerged so far: – Transformation of learning – Skill development for community work – Self-awareness around identity and privilege – Expression of commitment to social justice work – Creation of a social change identity 14
    15. 15. UM SSW and Seelio Webinar for AAEEBL | December 2013 Findings from the Process- Quotes from Portfolios* “It is difficult to enumerate the number of ways that I have grown as a part of the CASC minor, simply because my personal growth and change have been so holistic. The courses that I have taken and the community action work that I have done have changed the way I think and the way I view the world, which consequently have affected every action I take. The CASC minor has helped me realize what I care about and what I want to do with my life. Most importantly, the minor has helped me realize that real change is possible and that I have an inherent obligation as a human being to be a part of that change..” “The courses and work I have done within my CASC minor has allowed for a great amount of personal growth. The core values of the minor have encouraged me to think about the world within a multifaceted framework, to embrace the diversity and heterogeneity among individuals and situations, and to work for the promotion of an equal and just society in my everyday actions. In all that I have done, I have pushed to further define my own personal identities and discover how those situate me in the larger scheme of this world. Learning about others' life experiences has opened my eyes to a variety of social injustices. I have come to realize that fighting against these issues and bettering the lives of those around me and people all across the world is what I most want to do in my life.” *(bold added for emphasizing themes) 15
    16. 16. UM SSW and Seelio Webinar for AAEEBL | December 2013 Overall Lessons Learned • Necessity of student buy- in to the concept • Focus on process, not just product • Make the process relevant to students and link to real world applications (e.g. graduate school essays, job interviews, job applications) • Focus on peer and near- peer engagement and feedback in the process • Require opportunities to share and show to others 16
    17. 17. UM SSW and Seelio Webinar for AAEEBL | December 2013 Future Directions • Continued research on the role of integrative learning • Specific exploration of flexible platforms to support integrative learning across campus • Exploration of the impact of portfolios on students over time • Development of an online, “flipped classroom” model for portfolio development 17
    18. 18. UM SSW and Seelio Webinar for AAEEBL | December 2013 Contact Information Dr. Katie Richards-Schuster Associate Professor & CASC Director e: kers@umich.edu p: 734.615.2118 Dr. Christine Gouveia VP of Educational Services e: christine@seelio.com p: 734.369.8388

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