W7- Intentional Design of High-Impact Experiential Learning
As campuses and programs move through the cycle of assessment and shift their focus from evaluating student work to closing the loop, many struggle to find pedagogical interventions that can be implemented on a broad scale to improve student achievement of learning outcomes. One essential element of any pedagogical intervention implemented at the class level is the use of assignments and in-class/online activities intentionally designed to support learners in mastering skills and/or achieving deep understanding. Participants in this workshop will gain experience using a process framework drawn from the science of learning to design assignments and activities that move students far beyond surface learning. Even when this intervention is implemented, though, a significant challenge can remain: how to motivate students to achieve to their highest potential. Upon completion of this workshop, participants will be able to apply fundamental principles of motivation to the design of learning experiences that both engage students and motivate them to excel. They will also leave with frameworks and templates they can use, or train faculty members to use, to turn surface learning assignments into high-impact learning experiences.
Pat Tinsley McGill has a Ph.D. in Educational Human Resources Development from Texas A&M University and is Professor of Strategic Management at California State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB). She completed the WSCUC Assessment Leadership Academy (cohort five) in 2014, and now serves as Faculty Lead for Assessment at CSUMB and Director of Assurance of Learning for the College of Business. Her primary research focus is on contributors and inhibitors to student success in the capstone experience.