March 7, 2018
University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, OK
Drawing upon evidence-based research, High-Impact Practices (HIPs), Transformative Learning, and authentic assessment tools, the University of Central Oklahoma’s Student Transformative Learning Record (STLR, http://stlr.uco.edu)* is a non-proprietary model with a proven track record for increasing retention, student academic achievement, and workforce readiness. Other institutions that have adopted and adapted STLR to their missions, cultures, and specific needs are now finding this to be true for them, too, whether they call the process “STLR” on their campuses or name the process something more suited to their branding. This pre-conference institute will gather interested institutional teams to learn about the STLR initiative.
CETTL and STLR facilitators will cover:
Facilitators from Western Carolina University (North Carolina, USA) and Massey University (New Zealand), who have adapted STLR’s setup for their campuses, will share:
"Western Carolina University adapted STLR into what we call DegreePlus as a way to teach valuable skills that employers need, increase student involvement in campus activities, and improve student learning and engagement. DegreePlus launched Fall 2017, and we’ve been able to take ideas from how UCO deploys STLR and customize them to our needs, mission, branding, and goals for student success."
--- Arthur Salido, Exec Dir for Community and Economic Engagement & Innovation
"Massey University has adapted STLR into Kahurei as a way to allow all our students to develop themselves in a holistic manner as reflective practitioners, by creating their unique ‘adorned cloak’. Kahurei acknowledges Massey as a Tiriti-led university within Aotearoa New Zealand. Our discovery project launched in Semester 2, 2017, and we’ve been able to take ideas from how UCO deploys STLR and customize them to our needs, mission, branding, and goals for student success."
--- Sarah Leberman, Dean, Academic; Research, Academic and Enterprise
The Institute is a workshop style format, with hands-on, interactive components, case scenarios, and group work time.
Institutional team time will be built into the Institute program to allow participants to conceptualize a plan of implementation or framework at their home institutions.
Teams will be able to consult with Institute facilitators about their own plans or models during team time. In addition to STLR Institute staff, UCO STLR faculty, Student Affairs staff, and IT staff will be available for answering questions or suggestions (such as how to get faculty or administrative buy-in; how co-curricular groups, events, and projects work within the framework and document the learning; how the program works in the LMS behind the scenes; etc.)
Attendees will present their plans for implementation, or next steps, during the 2018 Transformative Learning Conference, March 8-9 in Oklahoma City, OK.*There’s no licensing fee or any proprietary ownership connected with STLR, which was scaled up with the support of a U.S. Department of Education Title III Strengthening Institutions Program grant.