I think that one of the ways to make curricular implementation successful is to spend a lot of time focusing on your own and your team’s learning. When we are talking about major change, when we are talking about focusing on learning and growth with our students in a structured and intentional way, we must turn that mirror on ourselves as well. Something that I often hear from my team and others who have implemented a curriculum is how this work challenges them to use their master’s degree, to continue learning, to see themselves as educators and scholar-practitioners. My team has gone from calling assessment “astressment” to facilitating focus groups, designing likert scale surveys, and analyzing descriptive statistics. These have been important skills for them to develop to build a successful, assessment-driven model.
Immersing yourself in resources will help you to build an ongoing professional and organizational learning plan and structure for your team and will serve as an important foundation for your ongoing efforts with the curricular approach. I’ve created a list of resources to help get you started.
Professional Development Events
- ACPA Institute on the Curricular Approach (formerly RCI); Sunday October 14-Wednesday October 17, 2018
- ACPA Student Affairs Assessment Institute (annually in June)
- Annual New England Assessment Conference (annually in May)
- NASPA Assessment and Persistence Conference (annually in June)
Activities and Webinars
- ACPA Video On Demand: Assessment in Student Affairs Channel
- NASPA Online Learning Community
- ACUHO-I Online Learning Community
Books & Monographs
- The Student Learning Imperative: Implications for Student Affairs; ACPA
- Learning Reconsidered: A Campus-wide Focus on the Student Experience
- Learning Reconsidered 2: Implementing a Campus-Wide Focus on the Student Experience
- Learning Partnerships: Theory and Models of Practice to Educate for Self-Authorship; Edited by Marcia B. Baxter Magolda, Patricia M. King
- Classroom Assessment Techniques: A Handbook for College Teachers; Thomas A. Angelo, K. Patricia Cross
- Student Affairs Assessment: Theory to Practice; by Gavin Henning and Darby Roberts
- Student Development in College: Theory, Research and Practice; Lori D. Patton, Kristen A. Renn, Florence M. Guido, and Stephen John Quaye
- Building a Culture of Evidence in Student Affairs: A Guide for Leaders and Practitioners; Edited by Marguierite McGann Culp and Gwendolyn Jordan Dungy
- How Learning Works: Seven Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching; Susan A. Ambrose, Michael W. Bridges, Michele DiPietro, Marsha C. Lovett, Marie K. Norman
- Why Aren’t We There Yet? Taking Personal Responsibility for Creating an Inclusive Campus; Edited by Jan Arminio, Vasti Torres, Raechele L. Pope
Articles and Documents
- Roompact On Duty Blog: Curriculum Section and Curriculum Resources
- Roompact is a sponsor of the Institute on the Curricular Approach. As a software company, they have a strong emphasis on the curricular model, and offer both educational and technology services and trainings for institutions with a Residential Curriculum.
- Magolda, M. B. (2014). Enriching educators’ learning experience. About Campus, 19(2), 2-10. doi:10.1002/abc.21150
- Kerr, K. G., & Tweedy, J. (2006). Beyond seat time and student satisfaction: A curricular approach to residential education. About Campus, 11(5), 9-15. doi:10.1002/abc.181
- Kerr, K. G., Tweedy, J., Edwards, K. E., & Kimmel, D. (2017, March-April). Shifting to curricular approaches to learning beyond the classroom. About Campus, 22(1), 22-31. doi:10.1002/abc.21279
- Whitt, Elizabeth J. (2006). Are all of your educators educating? About Campus, 10 (6), 2-9. doi:10.1002/abc.148
- Organizational Learning Theory (link to folder containing the below articles)
- Gardner, H. K., Gino, F., & Staats, B. R. (2012). Dynamically integrating knowledge in teams: Transforming resources into performance. Academy of Management Journal, 55(4), 998-1022.
- Garvin, D. A., Edmondson, A. C., & Gino, F. (2008). Is yours a learning organization? Harvard business review, 86(3), 109.
- Goh, S. C. (2003). Improving organizational learning capability: lessons from two case studies. The learning organization, 10(4), 216-227.
- Wenger, E. (2000). Communities of practice and social learning systems. Organization, 7(2), 225-246. doi:10.1177/135050840072002
- Your institution’s center for excellence in teaching/learning or similar office
- Faculty and graduate students in education at your institution
- Colleagues who have also implemented a curriculum—create a multi-institutional community of learning!
- Bring me to your campus to work with your team!