Redesign General Education to strengthen its connections to degree programs and implement a comprehensive cyclical model of faculty development to help faculty members incorporate High Impact Educational Practices and competencies into their courses
George Kuh’s High-Impact Practices:
First-Year Seminars and Experiences
Many schools now build into the curriculum first-year seminars or other programs that bring small groups of students together with faculty or staff on a regular basis. The highest-quality first-year experiences place a strong emphasis on critical inquiry, frequent writing, information literacy, collaborative learning, and other skills that develop students’ intellectual and practical competencies. First-year seminars can also involve students with cutting-edge questions in scholarship and with faculty members’ own research.
Common Intellectual Experiences
The older idea of a “core” curriculum has evolved into a variety of modern forms, such as a set of required common courses or a vertically organized general education program that includes advanced integrative studies and/or required participation in a learning community (see below). These programs often combine broad themes—e.g., technology and society, global interdependence—with a variety of curricular and co-curricular options for students.
Service Learning, Community-Based Learning
In these programs, field-based “experiential learning” with community partners is an instructional strategy—and often a required part of the course. The idea is to give students direct experience with issues they are studying in the curriculum and with ongoing efforts to analyze and solve problems in the community. A key element in these programs is the opportunity students have to both apply what they are learning in real-world settings and reflect in a classroom setting on their service experiences. These programs model the idea that giving something back to the community is an important college outcome, and that working with community partners is good preparation for citizenship, work, and life.
Objectives, Spring and Fall 2013:
Revitalize General Education for a 21st-Century College of Technology
- Seminar Fellows incorporate Gen Ed Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) into their courses
- Seminar Fellows communicate the Gen Ed SLOs in their courses to students via the OpenLab digital platform
- Seminar Fellows use High Impact Practices (HIPs) in their teaching
- Communicate to the greater college community about General Education through reporting on “Living Lab” activities
Learning Outcomes Spring and Fall 2013:
- Integrate Gen Ed SLOs into course syllabus and/or course segment.
- Use the OpenLab to engage in Open Pedagogy.
- Share HIPs with the students and colleagues.
- Communicate in diverse settings and groups, using written, oral, and visual means.
- Participation in the OpenLab
- Participation in group discussion during seminars
- Creation of, with intention to implement, course syllabi of a first or third year course in fall 2013 incorporating aforementioned High Impact Educational Practices.
Feb 1, 9:00am-12:30pm, Faculty Commons, N227
Readings: Kuh, HIEP and Feynman
Agenda: Group discussion, Agreement and Scavenger Hunt
Feb 8, 9:00am-2:00pm, President’s Conference Room, 3rd Floor
- Tufte, “Visual and Statistical Thinking”
- Bain, Chapter 1, Focus on pp. 15-21
- Academic Service Learning, Guest Speakers Gwen Cohen-Brown, Barbara Mishara, Lynda Dias, Aida Egues
- Place Base Learning Tool Kit, Guest Speaker Anne Leonard
- BWRC, Guest Speaker Richard Hanley
Feb 15, Independent Study, No Meeting
Feb 22, 9:00am-11:30am, N119
- Bain, Chapter 3
- City Tech General Education SLOs
Agenda: Joint Meeting with the City Tech’s Gen Ed Committee
March 1, 9:00am-2:00pm, N119
- Finkel and Monk, “Dissolution of the Atlas Complex”, www.lth.se/fileadmin/lth/genombrottet/Finkel_and_Monk_1983.pdf
- Bean, Chapter 8
Agenda: The Practice of Questions, Guest Speaker, Ellen Goldsmith
Mar 8 – Independent Study, No Meeting
NOTE: CUE conference submissions due March 15
March 15 – Activity with BWRC, Location TBD
- Bain, Chapter 5, Focus on pp.117-134
- Ambrose Chapter 6
Agenda: Academic Service Learning Project
Mar 22 – Independent Study, No Meeting
April 5 – 9:00am-12:00pm, Location TBD
- Bean, Chapter 6, Focus on pp. 92-93, 95-104
- Bean, Chapter 7
Agenda: Open Pedagogy on the OpenLab
April 12, 9:00am-12:30pm, Faculty Commons, N227 and N119
Readings: Ambrose, Chapter 3
Increasing Student Motivation: Strategies That Work, Guest Speaker, Saundra McGuire
April 19, 9:00am-3:00pm, Faculty Commons, N227
- Bean, Chapter 14
- Bean, Chapter 16, Focus on conclusion pp. 334-336
- Bain, Chapter 7, Focus on pp.150-163
April 26 – Independent Study, No Meeting
May 3, 9:00am-12:30pm, N119
May 10, 9:00-3:00, John Jay College of Criminal Justice