Learning-Centered Workshops Focus on Outcome Assessment


Learning-Centered Workshops Focus on Outcome Assessment
Biology Professor Gil Brum speaks at the opening session of the learning-centered workshop series Oct. 2.

The university's month-long focus titled “Becoming a More Learning-Centered University,” continues this week with five workshops.

The sessions are designed to show how outcome assessment is the core of a learning-centered university.

Throughout the month, more than 25 workshops and presentations have been designed to engage every member of the university community. The individual events, which have been designed for and by Cal Poly Pomona's students, faculty and staff, aim to show how each individual can directly contribute to student success and institutional excellence through assessment and continuous improvement.

Workshops will be held in the Bronco Student Center unless otherwise noted.

On Monday, Oct. 9 at noon, Claudia Pinter-Lucke, associate vice president of Undergraduate Studies will moderate a discussion on the key features of an effective program assessment plan. The session is designed for faculty.

On Tuesday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., students are encouraged to take part in a session titled, “Take Charge of Your Own Learning: Writing a Learning/Assessment Plan.” The discussion will be led by biology Professor Gil Brum, who leads the university's Learning-Centered Task Force, and Dave Johnson, director of Judicial Affairs and dean of students.

On Wednesday, staff members have the opportunity to learn how to establish goals and measure outcomes to foster a more learning-centered workplace. The noontime workshop will be led by members of the university's Learning-Centered Task Force.

Also Wednesday, the entire campus community is encouraged to attend a session about the Collegiate Learning Longitudinal Study, which assesses critical thinking, analytical reasoning and written communication of Cal Poly Pomona students. The hour-long session begins at 4 p.m.

Lastly, Thursday at noon there will bea brownbag panel of faculty who will describe how they use assessment feedback for making continuous improvement changes in their courses. The panel will be held in Bldg. 1, room 228.

So, what is a learning-centered university? According to the university's learning-centered task force it:

1. Establishes measurable outcomes for learning, as well as for all university services, programs and activities

2. Uses assessment feedback to modify activities for continuous improvement

3. Engages the entire campus community by intentionally creating opportunities for collaboration among members of the university community

4. Measures its success by how well students, staff and faculty meet objectives and outcomes

5. In the classroom

 a. Focuses on what is learned, not what is taught. (Differentiates learning from teaching

 b. Incorporates learn-by-doing activities so students have opportunities to apply what they learn and learn what they apply in field experiences, community service, lab settings, and other hands-on experiments such as studios, performances, and investigative inquiries

 c. Encourages students to take charge of their learning

6. Takes account of who its students, staff and faculty are as people and the pressures they face

7. Allocates its budget and builds/maintains its facilities to support a learning environment  

8. Recognizes and rewards activities that advance these principles.

Information on these diverse events is available at http://www.cpp.edu/~learningcentered/