S tudents A chieving I mproved L earning S trategies
Goal of QEP: The SAILS project will help students improve their learning and achieve increased academic success in key gateway courses through application of effective learning strategies and utilization of enhanced academic support services.
Student Learning Outcomes Students will demonstrate their ability to apply effective learning strategies to core academic tasks. Students will demonstrate their use of academic support services designed to enhance their learning outcomes. Students will demonstrate increased academic success in key gateway courses.
Six Key Gateway Courses 1. Developmental Reading 2. Developmental Writing 3. Composition I 4. Intermediate Algebra 5. College Algebra 6. Human Anatomy & Physiology I
Program Outcomes for Faculty Faculty will demonstrate increased self-awareness in the areas of learning strategies, learning styles, and teaching styles. Faculty will demonstrate increased awareness of effective teaching/learning strategies for implementation in the classroom.
Four Initiatives Initiative 1: Establish a professional development program for faculty that provides training in the areas of general learning strategies, discipline specific learning strategies, and multiple teaching/learning strategies related to the three core learning concepts: read to understand, listen actively, and organize for effectiveness.
Key Elements for Initiative One Learning styles assessment Teaching styles assessment Annual Summer Academy In-service workshops by faculty and staff Intra- and inter-disciplinary workshops by faculty and staff SAILS form Faculty Web site
Initiative Two Integrate instruction in learning strategies across the curriculum.
Key Elements for Initiative Two Increase students’ understanding of preferred learning styles and behavior modifications for various teaching styles. Implement instruction in learning strategies for three core learning concepts across the curriculum: read to understand, listen actively, and organize for effectiveness. Implement instruction in learning strategies in gateway courses for three core learning concepts.
Initiative Two Timeline Summer and Fall 2009 Assessment Committee. Faculty sign up to participate. Spring 2010 Faculty participate in training activities to learn how to use the selected strategies.
Fall 2010—Spring 2011 Learning strategies are integrated into a minimum of four sections for each gateway course (a total of 24 sections). Learning strategies are integrated into a minimum of 7 additional courses from across the curriculum. Increase implementation rate annually.
Initiative Three Develop a free, enhanced study skills workshop (Success for You) and a free study skills course.
Key Elements Success for You Workshop Planned for Nursing and Allied Health Programs Workshop component added to program orientation On-Course training May 21-24, 2009 Begin workshop in Summer 2010 for nursing and respiratory therapy students. Add additional Allied Health Programs annually
Key Elements COLS 1010 : Study Skills Course Free and open to all students Begins in week 3 or 4 of semester Hybrid format Sideline benefits Implement during Year Three: 2012-2013
How Can You Help? Assist with student contest to name the course. Be on the alert for students who could benefit from this course. Talk it up! Let them know it is an option! Publicity is vital!
Initiative Four Tailor Learning Center and Library services to promote student and faculty awareness of various learning styles and successful learning strategies.
Key Elements Increase use of learning centers, especially gateway course students. Implement learning strategy workshops particularly targeted to those enrolled in developmental and gateway courses Train personnel in practical teaching strategies to reach various learning styles and to prepare students in the three core learning concepts: read to understand, listen actively, and organize effectively.
Increase opportunities for group study. Implement developmental group study pilot program. Provide online tools via Library and Learning Center Web sites that promote awareness of students’ individual learning styles and engage students in their development of appropriate learning strategies.
Promote library collection of resources related to learning styles and learning strategies for use by faculty and students. Develop pathways for collaboration between learning centers and library staff for sharing of best practices in teaching.