Collaborative Learning for Higher Education Students


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This ppt was created for the ACES conference. We discussed how we created a multi-disciplinary experience for our Higher Education Counseling Students. We also discuss the interventions used by our students to reduce conflict in the residence halls.

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  • Hands on experience in working with college students. Experience learning the difference between counseling and Higher Education. The ability to help develop programs or give feed back with a new perspective
  • Might want to state that it was developed from the U mission
  • 60% of roommate conflicts resulted with resolution and remaining in the room 26% of roommate conflicts resulted in a room change 14% were referred to Housing Coordinator given severity of offense None of the resolved roommate conflicts returned with other issues
  • Understanding of laws not only that apply to counseling but Higher Education such as FERPA, Jean Clearly Act, Title IX Thinking outside the box Give an experience in the area in which they are looking to pursue such as academic advising, student conduct, residence life Helping them to connect to the Student Affairs professional associations such as ACPA, NASPA, ACHOU-I
  • Collaborative Learning for Higher Education Students

    1. 1. Shaping the Future: Creating Collaborative Learning Opportunities for Higher Education Counseling Students Leslie Kooyman, PhD Kevin Schafer, MA Edina Renfro-Michel, Ph.D., LPC, ACS Montclair State University
    2. 2. Agenda <ul><li>Benefits and Challenges </li></ul><ul><li>Building a program </li></ul><ul><li>Professional Development program for Student Affairs Interns </li></ul><ul><li>Mediation Resource Center </li></ul><ul><li>What we learned </li></ul>
    3. 3. Benefits to Providing Learning Opportunities <ul><li>Hands on experience </li></ul><ul><li>Learn about Higher Education </li></ul><ul><li>Gain a broader perspective of Higher Ed. </li></ul><ul><li>The ability to help develop programs or give feed back with a new perspective </li></ul>
    4. 4. Benefits to Providing Learning Opportunities <ul><li>Networking within Higher Education </li></ul><ul><li>Assists in future career plans – </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Resume, professional contacts, broader perspective, networking </li></ul></ul>
    5. 5. Challenges in Providing Learning Opportunities for Students <ul><li>Student Counselor Readiness </li></ul><ul><li>Supervision Issues </li></ul><ul><li>Uniqueness of Higher Education Experience </li></ul><ul><li>Our own bias in Counselor Training </li></ul>
    6. 6. Challenges in Providing Learning Opportunities for Students <ul><li>Understanding the College Environment </li></ul><ul><li>Practicum and Internship Issues </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Assignments & student planning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Student interest vs. Placement opportunities </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Potential College/University Barriers </li></ul>
    7. 7. How do You Build these Experiences? <ul><li>Student Affairs is always looking for help! </li></ul><ul><li>Develop relationships with different departments. </li></ul><ul><li>Collaboration is the key </li></ul><ul><li>Mentoring and developing of the next generation of leaders </li></ul><ul><li>Grants </li></ul>
    8. 8. Professional Development Program for Student Affairs Interns <ul><li>Partnership between counselor educators and senior administration in student affairs </li></ul><ul><li>Monthly discussions with readings by senior administrator </li></ul><ul><li>Monthly seminar led by student affairs professionals </li></ul><ul><li>Networking opportunities </li></ul>
    9. 9. MRC Mission <ul><li>The mission of the Mediation Resource Center (MRC) is to strengthen the university community by enhancing student development, encouraging healthy relationships, and assisting students in contributing productively to society. </li></ul>
    10. 10. MRC Services <ul><li>Mediation services with interpersonal conflict in a safe, neutral environment </li></ul><ul><li>Psychoeducational programming for students on improving communication skills, stress management, resolving conflict, diversity training, college adjustment, healthy and responsible living, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Provide a Blackboard course in residential living </li></ul>
    11. 11. MRC Services <ul><li>Assist CAs and CDs in developing programs in the residence halls as needed </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborate with other campus entities to create student programming that strengthens the campus community </li></ul><ul><li>Assist parents in understanding the campus life experience and potential adjustment needs of students </li></ul>
    12. 12. MRC Program Results <ul><li>Total Students Served: 37 </li></ul><ul><li>Total Students Scheduled: 43 </li></ul><ul><li>Total Sessions with Students: 33 </li></ul><ul><li>Total Rooms Served: 15 </li></ul><ul><li>60% resolution </li></ul><ul><li>26% room change </li></ul><ul><li>14% referred </li></ul><ul><li>0 returned </li></ul>
    13. 13. Lessons Learned <ul><li>Group Dynamics!! </li></ul><ul><li>Changing a culture </li></ul><ul><li>Developing a program while running a program </li></ul><ul><li>Leadership / Supervision </li></ul><ul><li>Understanding students experience </li></ul><ul><li>Role of counseling at a College </li></ul>
    14. 14. Preparing Students for Work in Student Affairs <ul><li>Understanding appropriate laws </li></ul><ul><li>Thinking outside the box </li></ul><ul><li>Give experiences in interest areas </li></ul><ul><li>Helping them to connect to the Student Affairs professional associations </li></ul>
    15. 15. Questions?