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Learning Communities Presentation conducted at the College of Southern Maryland in September, 2009.

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<ul><li> 1. Communities of Learning Rick Dollieslager and Dawn Hayden Thomas Nelson Community College </li> <li> 2. What are learning communities? Formal versus informal </li> <li> 3. Our Goal <ul><li>To promote a learning-centered culture of shared responsibility for student learning </li></ul><ul><li><ul><li>To increase student engagement </li></ul></li></ul><ul><li><ul><li>To promote participation in student support services </li></ul></li></ul></li> <li> 4. Our Demographics <ul><li>70% Women </li></ul><ul><li>30% Men </li></ul><ul><li>80% Minority </li></ul><ul><li>75% 18 -21 Years Old </li></ul><ul><li>40% Transfer </li></ul><ul><li>60% Occupational/Tech </li></ul></li> <li> 5. Creating a positive learning environment <ul><li><ul><li>Responsibility coupled with high expectations </li></ul></li></ul><ul><li><ul><li>A sense of belonging/community </li></ul></li></ul><ul><li><ul><li><ul><li>Safety, trust, and respect </li></ul></li></ul></li></ul><ul><li><ul><li><ul><li>Positive self-image/self-confidence </li></ul></li></ul></li></ul><ul><li><ul><li><ul><li>Frequent feedback </li></ul></li></ul></li></ul></li> <li> 6. Required Components <ul><li>Supportive Administration </li></ul><ul><li>Flexible Faculty </li></ul><ul><li>Strong Student Services and Academic Advising Programs </li></ul><ul><li>Continuous Assessment </li></ul></li> <li> 7. Required Components <ul><li>Strong Professional Development Program </li></ul><ul><li>Master Learner Course (ENG 109) </li></ul><ul><li>Active /Cooperative Learning </li></ul><ul><li>Natural Human Learning Process </li></ul><ul><li>Learning Coaches </li></ul></li> <li> 8. Learning Coaches <ul><li>One-on-one </li></ul><ul><li>Small Group </li></ul><ul><li>Whole Class </li></ul></li> <li> 9. Master Learner Course <ul><li>Built upon Skip Downings On Course textbook and student responsibility principles </li></ul><ul><li><ul><li>On Course: Strategies for Creating Success in College and in Life </li></ul></li></ul><ul><li><ul><li>On Course Web Site Student Success Strategies </li></ul></li></ul>English 109, the Lifeline English 109 class web site , Spring 2009 </li> <li> 10. Natural Human Learning Process <ul><li>Based on Rita Smilkstein : Were Born to Learn: Using the Brains Natural Process to Create todays Curriculum </li></ul><ul><li><ul><li>Born to Learn in a nutshell, condensed by Smilkstein for presentations: http://www.borntolearn.net/pdf/guidelines.pdf </li></ul></li></ul><ul><li>Growing dendrites = learning. Its a biology thing! </li></ul><ul><li>Contemporary brain research shows us why all the old adages about learning are true </li></ul></li> <li> 11. Natural Human Learning Process The Three Brain Divas </li> <li> 12. Master Learner Course <ul><li>Built upon Skip Downings On Course textbook and student responsibility principles </li></ul><ul><li><ul><li>On Course: Strategies for Creating Success in College and in Life </li></ul></li></ul><ul><li><ul><li>On Course Web Site Student Success Strategies </li></ul></li></ul>English 109, the Lifeline English 109 class web site , Spring 2009 </li> <li> 13. Cooperative Learning <ul><li>Structured small group activities </li></ul><ul><li>Requires students to share resources </li></ul><ul><li>Teaches responsibility </li></ul><ul><li>Learning retention is at highest levels </li></ul><ul><li>Develops leadership skills </li></ul></li> <li> 14. Cooperative Learning <ul><li>Cooperative Learning Basics: http://edtech.kennesaw.edu/intech/cooperativelearning.htm </li></ul><ul><li>Jigsaw: Learning MLA Parenthetical Citation Conventions: http://community.tncc.edu/faculty/dollieslager/MLACitations_jigsaw.htm </li></ul><ul><li>Summer 2007 project schedule and results, June 12-June 19: http://community.tncc.edu/faculty/dollieslager/dailysum07.html </li></ul><ul><li>Summer 2008 project schedule, June 16-18: http://community.tncc.edu/faculty/dollieslager/dailysum08.html </li></ul></li> <li> 15. Why do I really use Cooperative groups? <ul><li>If I find something boring to teach, </li></ul><ul><li> I make the students teach it! </li></ul><ul><li>Summer 2007 punctuation and grammar consultants: http://community.tncc.edu/faculty/dollieslager/experts_sum07.html </li></ul><ul><li>Fall 2008 Eng 109/ Eng 01/ Eng 05 learning community: http://community.tncc.edu/faculty/dollieslager/dev_punc_groups_mwf.html </li></ul><ul><li>Semester-long collaboration and Cooperative Learning can have remarkable results! </li></ul><ul><li> Becoming a Master Learner Fall 06 learning community class project: http://community.tncc.edu/faculty/dollieslager/masterlearner.html </li></ul></li> <li> 16. </li> <li> 17. Excellent Professional Development Programs <ul><li>Develop learning communities for faculty </li></ul><ul><li>Promote creativity and growth </li></ul><ul><li>Provide opportunities for non-professional activities (getting to know one another) </li></ul><ul><li>Share learning experiences that support shared learning and teaching goals </li></ul></li> <li> 18. COL Teaching Cadre Development <ul><li>Developing learning communities for faculty </li></ul><ul><li>Promoting creativity and growth </li></ul><ul><li>Providing opportunities for non-professional activities (getting to know one another) </li></ul><ul><li>Sharing learning experiences that support shared learning and teaching goals </li></ul>Meet, compare, adjust, improve </li> <li> 19. Faculty Development <ul><li>Rita Smilkstein, Born to Learn </li></ul><ul><li>Parker Palmer, The Courage to Teach </li></ul><ul><li>The Johnson Brothers Cooperative Learning Institutes </li></ul><ul><li>Skip Downings On Course Workshops </li></ul><ul><li>Tidewater Regional Center for Teaching Excellence </li></ul>Seminars, workshops, institutes, discussions </li> <li> 20. Nuts and Bolts <ul><li>Schedule Building </li></ul><ul><li><ul><li>Linked courses </li></ul></li></ul><ul><li><ul><li>Academic Success Communities </li></ul></li></ul><ul><li><ul><li>Career Communities </li></ul></li></ul></li> <li> 21. Communities for Academic Success English Elite (12 credits): ENG 109 MWF 9:009:50 SDV 100 M 10:0010:50 ENG 5 TR 9:0010:40 ENG 1 TR 11:0012:40 </li> <li> 22. Career Communities <ul><li>First Year Composition for Majors </li></ul><ul><li>ENG 111 for Pre-Nursing </li></ul><ul><li>ENG 111 for Science &amp; Technology </li></ul><ul><li>ENG 111 for Liberal Arts </li></ul><ul><li>+ </li></ul><ul><li>Faculty Mentor: Field expert </li></ul></li> <li> 23. Assessment and Evaluation <ul><li>Growth of COLS </li></ul><ul><li><ul><li>Enrollment </li></ul></li></ul><ul><li><ul><li>Student and Faculty Growth of involvement </li></ul></li></ul><ul><li>Increase in retention rates </li></ul><ul><li>Improvement in success rates </li></ul><ul><li><ul><li>Productive versus Non-productive grades </li></ul></li></ul></li> <li> 24. Number of COL Classes </li> <li> 25. Faculty Involvement </li> <li> 26. Enrollment </li> <li> 27. Growth indicators for Academic Year 08-09 <ul><li>20% growth in number of classes involved in COLs - 36 classes compared to 30 in previous year </li></ul><ul><li>330% increase in number of students served - 364 students enrolled compared to 110 in previous year </li></ul><ul><li>37% increase in number of faculty involved - 33 faculty/counselors compared to 24 in previous year </li></ul></li> <li> 28. Retention Rates Over 12 Month Period </li> <li> 29. SP 08 Academic Success Communities Progressive and Non-Progressive Grade </li> <li> 30. FA 08 ENG 01/107 Progressive and Non-Progressive Grades </li> <li> 31. Challenges <ul><li>Registration </li></ul><ul><li><ul><li>Linking Courses/Enrollment </li></ul></li></ul><ul><li>Recruitment </li></ul><ul><li>Data </li></ul></li> <li> 32. " But should all these reasons fail to move you or your administrative and faculty colleagues, your institutions need to promote learning communities for a very simple reason. Namely that they enhance student learning and serve as gateways for subsequent student success, the hoped for goal of higher education. It really is that simple ." (Tinto, http://soeweb.syr.edu/hed/tintospeech.html ) </li> <li> 33. </li> </ul>