Sharpening and simplifying students’ learning experience
Who is the team?
Ellie Anderbyrne (co-chair)
Daniel Youd (co-chair)
Amy Briggs (Fall)
Jay Zambito (Spring)
What are we doing?
We are working with staff and faculty, across the curriculum and co-curriculum, to find ways to sharpen and simplify students’ learning experience at Beloit College. The Channels and Institutional Learning Outcomes are two major efforts.
What is a Channel? Channels are theme-based and interdisciplinary curricular and co-curricular experiences. They may point students in the direction of specific careers or may point undecided students in the direction of a major. They enable students to transform disciplinary knowledge into post-college opportunities.
What are Professional Groups? They are the cohorts/affinity groups (including students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members) with shared interests in a given channel.
Examples of Channels, based on existing programming, include (but are by no means limited to):
Building Organizations, Managing People & Engaging in Entrepreneurship
Empowering People, Finding Cures & Saving Lives
Conserving Resources, Serving Communities & Adapting to Change
Advocating, Righting Wrongs & Making Policies
Teaching, Learning & Curating
Inventing, Innovating & Engineering
Creating, Communicating & Entertaining
In order to support this move, the Learning Experience MCIT will:
Engage faculty and staff (including ASP and COA) to create and develop 7-8 channels and professional groups during 2019-20
3-4 channels ready for recruitment efforts by the end of September 2019
4-5 channels ready for recruitment efforts from Spring through Summer 2020
Work with COA to determine a process for students to join a channel
Work with Admissions, Communications and Marketing, the Provost’s Office, ASP, and external marketing firms to market Channels and Professional Groups successfully.
Coordinate with other Mission Critical Implementation Teams to integrate Channels and Professional Groups into all areas of the Mission Critical work
Integrate Channels with the curriculum and co-curriculum (fall 2019).
Working with COA and ASP, convene working groups to identify and address bottlenecks in students’ curricular experiences, including by making better use of existing faculty and staff talents (academic year 2019-20).
Working with the Provost’s Office, host “Curricular Summits” to consider
curricular/co-curricular innovations and opportunities (academic year 2019-20).
Work with COA, FS&P, and ASP to endorse and promote ILOs among faculty (fall 2019).
Work with staff to endorse and promote ILOs in the co-curriculum (fall 2019).
Organize development opportunities for faculty and staff explicitly to address ILOs in their syllabi, assignments, and other opportunities connected to the curriculum (academic year 2019-20).