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Essential Skills Workshop 2006. Looking Back Moving Forward. Montreal 2006. Essential Skills and the College Curricula. Bow Valley College and the Search for College-Wide Outcomes Robin Houston-Knopff Essential Skills Workshop June 2006. Looking Back.

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essential skills workshop 2006

Essential Skills Workshop 2006

Looking Back

Moving Forward

Montreal 2006

essential skills and the college curricula
Essential Skills and the College Curricula
  • Bow Valley College and the Search for College-Wide Outcomes

Robin Houston-Knopff

Essential Skills Workshop

June 2006

looking back
Looking Back
  • 2002 BVC dedicated to the concept of becoming a learning college
      • The learning college places learning first and provides educational experiences for learners anyway, anyplace, anytime
      • Learning is placed first in every program, policy and practice
      • Learner-centered and learning-centered are integrated into the college
moving forward
Moving Forward
  • College-Wide Learning Outcomes
      • Communication
      • Thinking
      • Numeracy
      • Working with others
      • Technology skills
      • Positive attitudes and behaviours
      • Continuous Learning
      • Wellness (health literacy/working safely)
      • Citizenship and intercultural competence
college wide learning outcomes
College-Wide Learning Outcomes
  • Communication (RT, DU, W, OC)
  • Thinking
  • Numeracy
  • Working with others
  • Technology skills (computer skills)
  • Continuous Learning
  • Positive attitudes and behaviours
  • Wellness (health literacy/working safely)
  • Citizenship and intercultural competence
searching for essential skills from the outside in
Searching for Essential Skills;From the Outside In
  • College Success pilot project with career programs
  • ePortfolio pilot projects with targeted Health and Community Care programs

(from outside departments – new course materials)

searching for essential skills from the inside out
Searching for Essential Skills:From the Inside Out
  • Departments look for skills as they exist in course outcomes (Practical Nurse, Event Planner, Academic Upgrading)
  • Determine what outcomes already are being met in curriculum
  • Document how students learn and demonstrate the skill (assessment)
current status of college wide outcomes
Current Status of College Wide Outcomes
  • June 2006
      • Career Programs will complete Learner Pathways for each course curriculum
  • September 2006 program delivery for career courses:
      • College Success Course
      • ePortfolio
      • College Wide Outcomes
      • All above are for credit
challenges early stages
Challenges:(early stages)
  • Institutional change issues
challenges
Challenges:
  • Introducing students to a new way of learning and new expectations
challenges1
Challenges
  • Instructor buy-in and training
challenges2
Challenges
  • Integrating skills into every curriculum or discovering where they currently exist
rewards early stages
Rewards:(early stages)
  • Nine outcomes involve the whole college
  • Creation of a common culture