2013 ALEX Applied Learning Summit
April 12 - 13, University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Campus
The overriding purpose of the ALEX Applied Learning Summit is to unite educators and community members in the exploration and development of real-world learning experiences for students, ideally within the local community. These learning experiences can take on a variety of forms, including internships, service learning, community based projects, practica, creative activities, and research. Though delivered in a variety of formats (plenary sessions, breakout sessions, panel discussions, and receptions) the Summit is designed to provide participants with hands-on opportunities to design and implement applied learning experiences in their organization or classroom. Many of the Summit's expenses are underwritten by a Title III Alaska Native-Hawaiian Native (ANNH) Serving Institutions Grant.
'Community Member Track'
While the summit occurs over two days, Friday afternoon's program has been designed to appeal to both community members and educators, including a special ‘Community Member Track’ with valuable insights into how community members can partner with educators in service learning, community based projects, and internships. The afternoon closes with a reception to kick off the ALEX mentorship program - bringing students, faculty and community members together - and facilitating networking between all the parties.
Professional Development Certificate
All educator participants who complete both days of the summit will receive a professional development certificate (not good for academic credit) which can be used to supplement your development portfolio.
ALEX Applied Learning Summit Agenda
Friday, April 12
|11:30 a.m||Registration - Outside the University Classroom Building (UCB)|
12 noon - 1:45 p.m.
Opening Plenary Session: Creating Effective Course-Community Partnerships for Service Learning* - Science and Technology Building (STB) 108
Ms. Vaughn will share best practice models for integrating service-learning into course curriculum across a variety of disciplines. In her presentation, she will provide an overview of service-learning, principles of best practice for community-campus partnerships, and approaching community work from a strengths based perspective. Hands-on exercises will assist faculty and community partners in developing strong and meaningful service-learning positions as well as designing and implementing service-learning assignments within course curriculum.
|1:45 - 2:00 p.m.||Refreshments and Transition to Breakout Sessions|
|2:00 - 3:00 p.m.||
Breakout Session I: Internships for Dummies: A How To Session For Community Organizations* - UCB 113
Dr. DeWitt will review all of the steps that organizations should take to create a positive internship experience for both the intern and the sponsoring organization, including the steps organizations should take in creating an internship position, recruiting qualified candidates, effectively socializing the intern into the organization, and maximizing intern productivity during the course of the internshipperiod. Steps for creating credit bearing internships will also be discussed.
Dr. Bardwell-Jones will share her experiences in stimulating student interest in research, developing critical thinking skills, and making philosophy personally relevant through the use of social action projects, such as a reading program with elementary school studeents, volunteering at a domestic abuse shelter, or engaging community members in discussions about topics that are personally relevant to the Hilo community.
Breakout Session III: Strengthening Community Connections Through Place-Based Learning - UCB 115
Drew Kapp – Lecturer in Geography at UH-Hilo
Drew Kapp will describe his efforts to facilitate deep and meaningful connections between students enrolled in his introductory geography classes and Hawai‘i Island communities, promoting the strengthening of environmental kinship through huaka‘i (excursions) that combine learning, cultural practice, and tangible contributions to the well-being of place.
|3:00 - 3:15 p.m.||Refreshments and Transition to Breakout Sessions|
|3:15 - 4:15 p.m.||
Breakout Session IV: Community Member/Faculty Project Partnerships: What Does It Take To Make Them Work? - Panel Discussion* - UCB 114
Representatives from both sides of the community project equation (faculty and community partners) will serve on a panel in addressing questions about what constitutes an effective partnership between educators and community members and the mechanics behind managing that relationship.
Dr. Barkhoff purposely designs his kinesiology and exercise science courses to not only actively engage students in the process, but also by integrating community service into the learning experience to engage students not just physically and mentally, but emotionally as well. Examples of past work includes designing and delivering physical education programs for physically disabled high school students as well as working with the Special Olympics. He will share the principles that he feels have made these experiences a success for both students and community partners.
Breakout Session VI: Getting BEYOND Covering Content - The Key To Student Motivation and Success - UCB 115
Teachers often face a dilemma based on two realities—most students are:
This session will begin with a demonstration of a Readiness Assurance Process that is an effective approach for dealing with this dilemma by creating conditions that motivate the vast majority of students to complete pre-class reading assignments. This enables teachers to spend most of the class time focusing on content applications without reducing the number of concepts that are covered.
Following the demonstration, we will explore additional issues and concerns about using learning groups including:
|4:15 - 4:30 p.m.||
Transition to Mentoring Reception and Networking Event
|4:30 - 6:00 p.m.||
Mentoring Reception and Networking Event*- Library Lanai
Open to Summit participants and prospective community mentors and student mentees.
This reception is designed to bring not only summit participants together for networking opportunities, but also serves as a kick-off for the UH Hilo Office of Applied Learning Experience's (ALEX) Mentorship Program, with both prospective mentors and mentees (students) invited to attend. Activities during the reception are designed to help all parties to get to know one another better. Summit participants are encouraged to apply for inclusion in the Mentorship Program. More details can be found at hilo.hawaii.edu/ALEX/mentorships .
* These sessions are designed to cater to both community members (profit and non-profit organizations) and educators.
Saturday, April 13
|7:30 - 8:00 a.m.||Coffee, Tea and Pastries|
|8:00 - 10:00 a.m.||
Plenary Session: Designing Group Work That REALLY Works! - UCB 100
CAUTION: Group assignments can and, all too often, do more harm than good. The most common sign of trouble is when students (especially the better ones) feel like they have to choose between doing more than their fair share of the work or risk getting a bad grade. When that happens, the real cause usually isn’t the students—it’s almost always what the teacher is asking them to do. In addition, even if they turn in a high quality product, many students will leave the experience with negative attitudes about group work that are likely to limit their ability to adapt to today’s team-oriented workplace environments.
In this session, you will engage in a series of activities that demonstrate why most problems with learning groups are caused by poorly designed assignments. In addition, you will learn about four keys that will enable you to design group assignments that: 1) are effective for developing students’ application and critical-thinking skills, 2) promote positive student attitudes about group work, 3) can be graded easily and fairly and, 4) can be used with any level of students and in classes of up to several hundred students.
|10:00 - 10:15 a.m.||Refreshments and Transition to Breakout Sessions|
|10:30 - 11:30 a.m.||
Breakout Session VII: ‘Win - Win’ Community Based Projects - Lessons From Client Based Teams - UCB 113
Students in Dr. Coutant's courses have worked successfully in consulting teams serving the needs of project clients in the local community. In most instances, her students efforts have resulted in client adoption of student project team recommendations. In addition to reviewing experiences from these efforts, Dr. Coutant will identify best practices that help to make it a positive experience for students and project clients.
This hands-on session is designed to help educators to develop an action plan for applied learning within the courses that they teach, that not only help to define the learning objectives and activities for the course, but also the instructor and the student's role in the process.
With Dr. Kaholokula, faculty will have the opportunity to experience, appreciate and be inspired to explore and integrate Hawaiian cultural approaches of applied learning into their teaching activities.
|11:30 - 11:45 a.m.||Refreshments and Transition to Closing Ceremony and Certificate Presentation|
|11:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.||Closing Ceremony and Certificate Presentation|
Summit presenters include special guests from the mainland and Oahu, as well as award winning instructors from UH Hilo, and panel discussants from the community and the university who have served as project partners. Read more about the summit presenters and panel discussions.
Please contact event planner Shannon Sampaga at firstname.lastname@example.org or 808.933.9986 should you have any questions.
Accomodations for Individuals with Disabilities
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