Learning-Centered Workshops Start This Week

Learning-Centered Workshops Start This Week
John Tagg speaks during “Student Success in a Learning-Centered University” symposium at the Bronco Student Center on Sept. 18.

Beginning Monday, Oct. 2, the university will begin an important month-long focus titled “Becoming a More Learning-Centered University.”

More than 27 workshops and presentations have been designed to engage every member of the university community.

An opening session titled “What does it really mean to be learning-centered?” will be held Monday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Ursa Major Suite in the Bronco Student Center.

The individual events have been designed for and by Cal Poly Pomona's students, faculty and staff. The workshops aim to show how each individual can directly contribute to student success and institutional excellence through assessment and continuous improvement.

Workshops are planned Monday through Thursday each week in October.

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 https://www.cpp.edu/~learningcentered/