4 IntroductionWill discuss the hoops involved in creating and delivering learning strategies coursesAssuming you all have course content.Will give course outlines and learning plans for each course at the end of the workshop to give you some more specific details on each course.
5 Prior Learning Assessment Course IntroductionWanted to give credits to students who had already spent time working with a Learning Strategist.Wanted a flexible option for students to receive a General Education Credit.Wanted to give fair and equal access to a General Education Credit for all students with disabilities that see a Learning Strategist.
6 Prior Learning Assessment Course Hoop 1Program AreaNeeded to ensure Associate Dean of General Education was on board.SolutionMet with Associate Dean and provided numbers of students registered with Disability Services who were currently working with a Learning Strategist (LS)Discussed the benefit of gaining a credit for learning strategies work
7 Prior Learning Assessment Course Hoop 2Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) ModelOffering a PLA course that does not actually exist as a current course.SolutionMet with PLA office and discussed course. Determined that course could be given a course code specifically for a PLAAt that time did not specify a course equivalentWe would later add the Alternative Learning Strategies course as an equivalent course.
8 Prior Learning Assessment Course Hoop 3Course Structure to Meet PLA RequirementsNeeded to be under a PLA themeIn this case Personal UnderstandingStudents needed to demonstrate personal understandingSolutionSeries of reflective assignments to be completed with portfolio
10 Prior Learning Assessment Course ResultsStudents more likely to keep and reflect on their learning strategiesImproves motivation and attendanceNot many students have started the PLAHave a small number of students hoping to start and complete this summer.Recommendation that it continues in pilot status.
11 Alternative Learning Strategies Course IntroductionWanted students to be able to access an LS earlier in the semester.Wanted students who did not want to register with DS to have access to an LS.Wanted increased instructional time for each student with an LD.Wanted to focus on broader LD issues and needed time to do so.
12 Alternative Learning Strategies Course Hoop 1DeliveryThrough General Arts and Science (GAS)Special Authorization into the courseSolutionDecided to deliver through GAS as high proportion of students with LDDiscussed numbers and needs with Associate DeanBanded course with GAS optional courseDiscussed registration process with Coordinator and determined that Coordinator would special authorize students who were referred to take the course
13 Alternative Learning Strategies Course Hoop 2PaymentDevelopmentDeliverySolutionAcademic area paid for developmentService area (DS) pays for deliveryAs I am teaching students who would have come to see me individually
14 Alternative Learning Strategies Course Hoop 3Academic/Service Area IntegrationExpectations of each areaExpectations of each personCommunication cycleSolutionStill working on this one…Clarify expectationsSet timelines and provide remindersIdentify the differences in timelines between academic and services areas early
16 Alternative Learning Strategies Course ResultsStudent benefitsImproved self-advocacy skillsPleased to have a credit towards their diplomaAcademic area benefitsVariety of other programs trying to have the course delivered to meet the needs of their studentsGreat deal of support from facultyGood example of UDI principles in practiceService area benefitsMore efficient use of LS timeDramatically increased instruction time
18 Best TipsFor anyone wishing to set up courses around learning strategies, here is a heads up:Get Deans and Coordinators on board earlyDevelop a plan/process for communicationDiscuss expectations of each area up frontDevelop a suitable timeline for the service area and academic programPromote course earlyIf funding is available at your college to research the students accessing the course, take it. (Duh!)
19 QuestionsIs there anything that I have not covered that you would like to discuss?For those of you who have started courses similar to this one, how have they been going?