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  • 1. Creating a Culture of Evidence How do we know?What we should do! EDHE 606The Learning Centered Community College Morgan State University
  • 2. The Learning College... Creates substantive change in individual learners Engages learners as full partners in the learning process Creates and offers as many options for learning as possible Assists learners to form and participate in collaborative learning activities Defines the roles of learning facilitators by the needs of the learners Succeeds only when improved and expanded learning can be documented for its learners. From: O’Banion, T. (1997) A learning college for the 21st century. ACE/Oryx Press:Phoenix, AZ.
  • 3. The Learning Collegesucceeds only when improvedand expanded learning can be documented for its learners  What does this learner know?  What can this learner do?
  • 4. Two Key Questions How does this decision, action, solution, improve student learning? How do we know this decision, action, solution, improves student learning?
  • 5. Thinking What is your institution’s vision? Are you achieving your vision? How do you know? What is your culture of evidence?
  • 6. Building a Culture of Evidence: The Complexities Requires resources to do well Long and tedious process Must be: – Deliberate – Organized – Focused Learning Outcomes Assessment – Faculty driven Institutional Buy-in and Support – Faculty – Administration – Trustees
  • 7. Asking “Why do it?” Mandated Provides credibility – Internal – External Makes us look good Makes us feel good Forces us to change Continuous quality improvement Improved and expanded student learning
  • 8. The Dilemma: Institutional Change and Transformation Thinking differently about how to collect the data Behaving differently by using the data to make positive changes Changing deliberately Orchestrating the change by using a planned strategy: – John Kotter: Leading Change – Eight strategies
  • 9. The Culture of Evidence
  • 10. The Learning College Creates powerful learning environments in which students are engaged as active partners and have responsibility for their own learning. – Creates new architectures to support learning (learning communities, redefining faculty load, articulating credit and non-credit experiences) – Forms cross-constituent teams in which roles and boundaries are blurred in order to promote student success and determine new directions in learning.
  • 11. The Learning College Creates powerful learning environments in which students are engaged as active partners and have responsibility for their own learning. – Offers anyway, anywhere, anytime learning options that fit the learning styles/ needs of all learners – Reinforces, recognizes and rewards successful learning – Provides extensive staff development focused on learning so that all are viewed as learners – Encourages student involvement in planning and governance – Produces evidence of student learning
  • 12. The Learning College Believes all students can learn – Provides support for all learners  Student support services  Technical support services – Collects and synthesizes outcomes data on participation rates, pass rates, retention rates, GPAs, graduation rates and transfer rates, success in next course,to name a few – Produces zero variance in academic performance among racial groups with high achievement for all
  • 13. The Learning College Produces continuous reflection on learning and learning outcomes – Vision and mission statements – The language of learning – Institutional effectiveness system – Exploring new architectures – Annual operating plan that encompasses all activities with measurable objectives at all levels – Budget resource allocation and budget process that are reflective of intended measurable outcomes at all levels
  • 14. The Learning College Produces continuous reflection on learning and learning outcomes – Outcomes-based curriculum across the institution  Student evaluation of courses  Outcomes assessment at course level  Outcomes assessment at program level  Transcripted skills
  • 15. The Learning College Involves everyone in the institution in learning and leadership in learning – Appointment, hiring evaluation, projection for everyone to reflect evidence of a commitment to learning – Orientation of new faculty, administrators, board members, staff members in terms of their roles in learning – Technology training available for everyone – Participation of faculty, administrators, staff and students in shared governance
  • 16. The Learning College Involves everyone in the institution in learning and leadership in learning – All areas of the college receive same opportunities and acknowledgement for contributions to learning – The institution produces a body of evidence supporting learning outcomes in the non- cognitive/affective domain – The institution provides on-going opportunities for development and leadership surrounding learning lead by a diverse body of stakeholders.
  • 17. Final Thoughts Ifyou don’t know where you are going, how will you know when you get there? – Vision and planning What if we are not as good as we think we are? – Learning Outcomes Assessment cycle What if we make mistakes? – Risk-free philosophy

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