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Examples of STLR Activities, Assignments, and Projects

STLR assesses and records exposure, integration, and transformation in all of UCO's Central 6 tenets, except Discipline Knowledge. Discipline Knowledge growth is assessed within courses and recorded on the student's traditional, academic transcript. Students have opportunities for growth across those 5, STLR-assessed tenets through:

  1. STLR-tagged events
  2. STLR-tagged student groups
  3. STLR-tagged class assignments
  4. Transformative Learning (TL) student projects
  5. STLR-tagged locations

For instance:

  1. photo of Earth Day Fair 2016 at UCOEach year, UCO has an Earth Day event on or around April 22nd at UCO's Broncho Lake. Event hosts have STLR-tagged this fair with the Service Learning & Civic Engagement (SLCE) tenet, because people attending any part of the day are exposed to issues that directly affect society (storm water treatment, composting and recycling to reduce waste in landfills, etc.).  Students find the large SLCE banner, swipe-in using their UCO ID card, and are automatically given "Exposure-level" credit in SLCE on their Student Transformative Learning Record (STLR).
  2. Photo of 2 students on the UCO Sailing Team, sailingStudents who participate on the Sailing Team, an official UCO student group, have the opportunity to reflect on their experiences at the end of the year. The club advisor, Dr. David Bass, often sees students transformed in their understanding of the importance of Health & Wellness because of sailing practices and competitions.
  3. In a section of Biology II, Dr. Rebecca Williams has students watch a TED talk about the declining population of bees and how this affects our agricultural yields. Students then use some prompts to complete their assignment, which includes personal reflection. These prompts elicit thoughts about both Service Learning & Civic Engagement and Health & Wellness (environmental).  Dr. Williams assesses their papers in the course's D2L Dropbox using the STLR Rubric for those two tenets, giving them STLR credits. 
  4. Drs. Elizabeth Overman and Marc Goulding worked with students to setup a project called the "Oklahoma Lynching Research Project" through which they were paid an hourly wage. Students not only gathered data, found related research and wrote up their project, but they also reflected on their expanded perspectives about their identity, and the importance of, Research, Creative & Scholarly Activities. Read about the experience of a couple of these students in an eNewsletter article from January 2016.
  5. Students visiting the Women's Research Center and BGLTQ+ Student Center in Thatcher Hall are exposed to literature, people, art, and information related to gender and sexuality studies. The resources provided help give students a broader understanding of both local and global communities, so Global & Cultural Competencies STLR credits are awarded as visitors swipe-in with their ID cards.

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