Presentation on theme: "IN BETWEEN CLASSES institutional change through unlikely settings."— Presentation transcript:
IN BETWEEN CLASSES institutional change through unlikely settings
Goals & Objectives Today we will: Describe a model of institutional change Model strategies for structuring different types of programs outside of the classroom Consider how practices and methods that this model provides could influence initiatives happening at your institution.
Auburn goes “WAC” The Story begins with Crisis Required Writing Plans A New Mission Reorganization NOW! TIMELINE
Auburn students report doing significantly less writing… NSSE Data Results:
From two courses to every course. From First Two Years to WAC: Composition/LiteratureEvery Course/Every Major
Aiming for a new goal; to create a deeper culture of Writing. Writing Plans & Departments
Tracking and considering how change occurs. Researching Change.
CHANGE adjust the parameters organization mind-set feedbackgoals flow of information rules of engagement
Where are we? What still needs to be done? Flow of info Dominant mindset Feedback Policy & Procedure What’s your initiative/crisis? Where are you? Identifying the Process
WriteFest: A Specific Area of Growth Write. Ask. Learn. Revise. Finish.
WriteFest Overview: Began in 2011 Created to meet campus need Currently held 6 times a semester Provides time, space, and resources (tutor help and informational sessions) to work on writing Multiple Sponsors 1 st Summer “Boot Camp” in 2013 Spring 2013 Topics: Job Talks and Academic Interviews Organizing Big Projects Endnote/Zotero Introduction Thesis/Dissertation Formatting Writing from Research (APA, MLA, etc.) Teaching and ePortfolios Writing Journal Articles Overcoming Writer’s Block Writing Abstracts and Literature Reviews Revision Preparing Future Faculty Program Thesis and Dissertation Submission Editing Your Own Writing Writing During Summer and Summer WriteFest Publishing Academic Writing
ePortfolio Ambassadors: Changing where the learning happens.
The ePortfolio Project 1. CRISIS 2. NEEDS 3. STRENGTHS
What are ePortfolios? Websites created by individuals to : Synthesize learning experiences Showcase skills and abilities
What are ePortfolios? Includes multiple artifacts of different kinds Purposefully selected and arranged for an audience of the student’s choosing Continued…
Why ePortfolios: SYNTHESIZE EXPERIENCES: ePortfolios are strongly linked to engaged and enhanced learning because they provide an opportunity to synthesize and reconsider experiences Select Artifacts Give Context Connect Artifacts Design O verall Why ePortfolios?
SHOWCASE SKILLS : Students have expressed interest in showcasing their skills at graduation
Why Professional ePortfolios? Provides a Real Audience: Programs have expressed interest in expanding existing capstone or senior projects, involving industry advisors, and responding to expectations of their disciplines Why ePortfolios?
What will we do? 1. DEVELOP: infrastructure to support students, faculty and programs 2. SUPPORT STUDENT LEARNING: through expansion of support and increased co- curricular activities 3. SUPPORT FACULTY: in developing and extending curriculum, mentoring students, and connecting ePortfolios to teaching and research
Impact on Student Learning: 1. Effective Communication 2. Critical Thinking through reflection 3. Technical Competence 4. Visual Literacy
REFLECTION Ask Questions Imagine Possibilities Provide Context Apply & evaluate Knowledge Make Connections Think about experiences
Larger Take-away: 1. Created Models 2. Gave students a voice 3. Set up peer tutor structure 4. Satisfied Immediate Needs *Paved the way for other opportunities to “Restructure the Rules of Engagement”
Pair & Share SWOT Analysis: Strengths Weaknesses Opportunities Threats – elements in environment that could hinder project Now that you know where you are, how could you implement these interventions into your initiative?
Emily Cosgrove Program Assistant Miller Writing Center Auburn University firstname.lastname@example.org Contact Us Laura Elmer Program Assistant OUW & ePortfolios Auburn University email@example.com &