Note: ADP’s director Jen Domagal-Goldman has been selected to serve as one of the project team members to develop a new national civic learning rubric.
In 2015, the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education, along with faculty and academic professionals from universities and colleges across the country will collaborate to create a national Civic Learning rubric. Following the VALUE Rubric Protocols developed by Wende Garrison and AAC&U, the national Civic Learning rubric will be suitable for institutional assessment of the civic content and knowledge students gain throughout their undergraduate education.
[Note: you can use the Civic Engagement VALUE Rubric for institutional assessment of the ability to make a difference in the civic life of our communities students gain throughout their undergraduate education.]
The project team is charged with the development of a civic learning rubric that aligns with the definition of civic learning adopted by the MA Board of Higher Education:
Civic learning means acquisition of the knowledge, the intellectual skills and the applied competencies that citizens need for informed and effective participation in civic and democratic life; it also means acquiring an understanding of the social values that underlie democratic structures and practices.
- The knowledge component of civic learning includes an understanding of the United States, including its history and governmental traditions, other world societies, and the relationship(s) between and among these cultures and nations.
- The intellectual skills component refers to qualities of mind necessary to engage effectively in civic activities.
- The applied competencies component refers to the practical skills and capacities needed to engage effectively in civic activities.
- The values component refers to understanding the social and political values that are associated with democratic and civic institutions.
Learn more about the development of the Civic Learning Rubric: https://civiclearningrubric.wordpress.com/
Advancing Civic Learning in Online and Virtual Spaces: A Webinar
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at 3:30 p.m. EST
Eric Hartman, Brandon Kliewer and Chance Lee
Kansas State University
Next week, on Tuesday, October 28, 2014, at 3:30 p.m. EST, AASCU’s American Democracy Project and The Democracy Commitment have teamed up with the Staley School of Leadership Studies at Kansas State University to offer a special webinar to our member institutions.
Advancing Civic Learning in Online and Virtual Spaces will be an interactive and participant-led webinar and learning experience related to designing online and virtual courses that include an academic service-learning component.
Brandon Kliewer, assistant professor of civic leadership at KSU, is the 2013 recipient of ADP’s Saltmarsh Award for Emerging Leaders in Civic Engagement. Eric Hartman is an assistant professor and Chance Lee is an instructor. All three facilitators all are from the Staley School of Leadership Studies at Kansas State University.
Participants will develop their thinking around how to systematically design online and virtual courses that include academic service-learning that maximizes student learning. Although the course design process is relevant to a range of disciplinary and topical learning outcomes, this session will focus on dimensions of intercultural competence. As a result of this webinar, participants will be able to design online and virtual courses and programs that advance intercultural competence.
To register for the webinar, please sign-up via this Google Doc: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1J2LJtxU-jvqgNzf30_Djph6VUyx1ir3BD04NuDXLlYo/edit#gid=0.
To join the meeting on October 28th, click this AdobeConnect link: https://aascu.adobeconnect.com/digdem1028/
For meeting audio, dial 1-866-642-1665 and enter 499385 as the participant code.
Civic Learning and Teaching | Edited by Ashley Finley
Contributions by Sybril Bennett, Dan Butin, Barry Checkoway, Christina P. Colon, Timothy K. Eatman, Patricia Gurin, Barbara Holland, Carole Frances Lung, Biren A. (Ratnesh) Nagda, Seth Pollack, and John Rowden
Civic Learning and Teaching, the fifth and final volume in The Civic Series, contributes to an understanding of why the integration of civic engagement into higher education—both inside and outside the classroom—matters for students, faculty, campus professionals, and community members. From service learning and study abroad to alternative spring break and community-based research, most colleges and universities have created opportunities for students to have “civic experiences.” This monograph suggests that when campus and community leaders work intentionally to connect students’ civic experiences with learning and teaching, students’ learning becomes more fluid, more transformative, and more likely to inspire civic thought and action. Civic Learning and Teaching is available as a PDF.
More information about Civic Learning and Teaching and The Civic Series is available here.
View the full monograph here.
By Sara Stein Koch, Institute Fellow, John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education
Last year over 300 faculty, staff and other interested educators came together to focus on improving institutional and student performance in gateway courses – courses that launch students on majors or programs of study. Many of these courses have high failure rates and thus close the door to student progression toward degree.
This year we anticipate another important occasion to share and learn about best practices and promising efforts with gateway courses as we offer the 2015 Gateway Course Experience Conference.
Purposes for attending the conference include:
- To engage in cross functional discussions about excellence in teaching, faculty development, and curriculum redesign for high enrollment, high risk gateway courses
- To inform institution leaders, faculty, and staff about the latest promising practices related to gateway course success.
- To explore the opportunities to utilize technology such as analytics, early warning systems, academic help labs, and other tools and/or approaches to improve gateway course success
- To participate in discussions about pre-enrollment placement and preparation strategies for gateway course success
- To develop further understanding of the body of knowledge about gateway courses and completion
Click here to submit your proposal
Higher education professionals and educators are invited to submit proposals for the Annual Gateway Course Experience Conference. Innovative concurrent session proposals are invited on topics addressing the research, challenges and practices related to gateway courses and student success. Gateway courses are defined as those undergraduate courses with high failure rates.
Proposal Deadline is December 12, 2014.
For questions about proposal submissions, please contact Sara Stein Koch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Download the Gateway Course Conference Flyer.