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Top 10 Desired Learning Outcomes for Participants of the ADP National Meeting

By Cecilia M. Orphan, National Manager, American Democracy Project

Below you will find the “Top 10 Desired Learning Outcomes” for participants of the ADP National Meeting in Orlando, Florida, June 2-4, 2011. I know some of you who read the ADP Blog  on a regular basis will not be able to join us in Orlando. I thought I’d share these Desired Learning Outcomes, though, because they reflect the progress we have made in ADP and the major lessons we have learned over the past nine years.

As many of you know, the ADP National Meeting is not a traditional academic conference. At the Meeting we hope to engage in a process of national cross-pollination. We have the goal of showcasing individual campus lessons learned and challenges faced throughout the ADP network. To this end, we encourage our presenters to compose presentations that give an assessment of what has worked on their campuses, what has not worked, and how challenges to doing civic work have been overcome.

I sent the list of learning outcomes to all presenters yesterday and I encouraged them to think outside of the PowerPoint presentation box. It will be exciting to see the types of presentations and sessions are created that will meet these desired learning outcomes.

Please plan to join us for the 9th Annual American Democracy Project National Meeting in Orlando, Florida, June 2-4, 2011. Registration, conference and hotel information can be found on this website.

Top 10 Desired Learning Outcomes for Participants of the ADP National Meeting

Ways of Knowing

1. Understand the field of civic engagement. What contributions has higher education made to the civic engagement movement? Get to know the major players in the American Democracy Project and where we are heading as a project.

2. Understand your community through engagement. Get to know the root causes of community problems and how universities might leverage their resources to solve these problems.

3. Understand higher education’s role in American democracy. What role does higher education play in ensuring we improve on and protect American democracy? Think about the major successes of the civic engagement movement and think about the important next steps for the movement.

Ways of Thinking

4. Think in terms of culture change. Much of the focus in ADP is on institutional intentionality. How might the culture of your campus be changed to create a focus on preparing students as citizens?

5. Think in terms of student learning outcomes. What are the best strategies for equipping undergraduate students with the skills, knowledge, and attitudes they need to be informed, engaged citizens? How can we effectively assess student learning outcomes?

6. Think in terms of networks. How might the ADP network aid you in your work on campus? What contributions can you make to the civic engagement movement through your involvement with the ADP network? How might you tap the networks in your community to solve public problems and activate student citizen leaders? Use the ADP National Meeting as a time to mine for program ideas and strategies that will help you institutionalize civic engagement on your campus.

Ways of Interacting

7. Think in terms of student leadership. How might students be activated as civic leaders on campus? How might faculty and students form equitable partnerships to prepare informed, engaged citizens?

8. Think in terms of reciprocity. How might university leaders create equitable partnerships with community leaders to address and solve community-based problems? What are the different types of expertise needed to do public work?

9. Think in terms of “We the People.” How might the university be used as a civic space for public work? How might university and community leaders partner with elected officials to solve public problems?

Ways of Being

10. Think in terms of Civic Agency. How might we activate our students and ourselves to be civic agents and architects of democracy? What does authentic civic leadership look like and how might we embody it on our campus and in our communities?

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