‘Learn by doing’ is more than a motto, credo or mantra. It’s also a process.
Every day, across campus, students, staff and faculty are learning in new and unexpected ways.
Maybe it’s devising a better way to get students prepared for an emergency, discovering ways to make financial aid easier to understand, deciding how to market and sell the campus-grown Horsehill Vineyards wine, or figuring out a way to explain a difficult concept to a class.
This spring, the campus community will have the opportunity to share these kinds of experiences at the fifth Stories of Successful Learning on April 30.
The event has two aims, says Claudia Pinter-Lucke, associate provost. One is to allow people to share their successes as a way of inspiring conversation and to get ideas from each other.
“It’s a low-pressure but effective way of doing some evaluation,” Pinter-Lucke says.
The other is to remind people why the university exists.
“We are all are unified in the goal of helping students succeed,” Pinter-Lucke says.
The event, which will be held in the Ursa Major suite of the Bronco Student Center, superficially resembles a science fair, featuring posters that describe class projects, scholarly research, evaluation of campus policies, and other activities that involve students. Events in past years have typically included 40 to 60 exhibits, Pinter-Lucke says.
“We really are looking for demonstrations of student success in every corner of the university,” she says. “What a student club is doing, what an instructor is doing, what an office staff is doing. Everybody in the university fits in to this. It’s a very feel-good event.”
Stories that highlight successful learning typically illustrate the process of learning, starting with a problem, then creating a plan to address it, following through with the plan, evaluating how well the plan worked, and, finally, thinking about the next steps.
Applications are now being accepted. The application form can be found online at https://register.dsa.cpp.edu/2013ssl. The deadline is March 8.
Workshops on March 13 and 14 will walk participants through the poster making process. Additional information about the event, poster guidelines and templates, and examples from previous years can be found at http://www.cpp.edu/~learningstories.
(Photo: Director of Alumni
Affairs Michelle Riordan and Janeth Aguirre at Stories of Successful Learning
at Cal Poly Pomona. February 19, 2008.)