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  • 1. Behaviors ofLearning-Centered Organizations Bullhead City Campus All-Staff Day September 7, 2010
  • 2. Innovation in LearningA Learning College for the 21st Century is designed tohelp students make passionate connections tolearning.It places learning first and provides educationalexperiences for learners anyway, anyplace, anytime.Given their mission, it is not surprising to findcommunity colleges at the vanguard to exploringnew approaches to learning.
  • 3. Learning-Centered Behaviors of Leaders, Faculty, and StaffHow might each group contribute to the mission of a learning-centered college?
  • 4. Behaviors of Learning-Centered Leadership• They make the school vision central to their own daily work. They demonstrate through their actions the organization’s commitment to the values and beliefs at the heart of the mission as well as to the specific activities needed to reach goals.• They articulate the vision through personal modeling and by communicating with others in and around the organization.From Learning-Centered Leadership
  • 5. Behaviors of Learning-Centered FacultyLearning-centered faculty participate in thecreation of a school vision that • reflects high and appropriate standards of learning • a belief in the educability of all students • high levels of personal and organizational performance.
  • 6. Basic Behaviors of Learning-Centered FacultySome basic examples of learning-centered, highperformance behaviors might include: – Well-planned lessons that follow agreed-upon curriculum. – Instruction that meets full contact load hours. – Focus on learning outcomes, rather than what is taught. – Active Learning Instructional Techniques.
  • 7. Examples of Active Learning• Role play, scenarios or similar instructional approaches• Experiential learning activities or exercises (note: students don’t necessarily learn from experience, they learn from reflecting on experiences in an educational setting)• Paired or small group work• Problem solving exercises• Blended learning using appropriate technological resources to support learning• Case study exercises• Problem-based learning exercises
  • 8. Learning-Centered Staff Behaviors1. Places learning first and provides educational experiences for learners anyway, anyplace, anytime. (OBanion).2. Educational experiences are designed for the convenience of learners rather than for the convenience of institutions and their staffs.3. Efficient, well-planned services that provide learners quickly with what they need in order to return their focus to learning.
  • 9. Faculty Orientation August 11, 2010The question was (paraphrased), “What can faculty do to support the move to alearning-centered college, and what can MCC do to support the faculty in movingtowards a learning-centered college?”• Motivation• Sharing info-collaborate• Sharing between faculty• Student as instructor (to other students)• Peer tutoring/editing• Real world activities• Take projects into the community• Student unions/socializing• Technology up to date for the instructor• Set clear goals/expectations• utilize principles of brain-based learning• advertising inside/outside
  • 10. So what is our vision?As an institution, we have committed to learning-centered principles.
  • 11. Learning-Centered BHC• How do we (staff & faculty) make this vision our own?• What behaviors do we (staff & faculty) want to encourage and develop?• What will a learning-centered college look like on our campus?
  • 12. Behaviors ofLearning-Centered Organizations Bullhead City Campus All-Staff Day September 7, 2010