From: Elnora Webb
Sent: Sunday, February 23, 2014 9:40 PM
Cc: Deleted for privacy
Subject: ECOFEST Integrated Learning Initiative — Let’s support the EcoFest Integrated Learning Initiative
Good morning, Colleagues.
Please read the short message below from our SLO/A co-coordinator and Chemistry instructor Cheli. We look forward to your active participation in the Ecofest Integrated Learning Initiative this semester. This is an opportunity for us to assess one of the College’s institutional learning outcomes (ILO), specifically “Global Awareness, Ethics and Civic Responsibility – Students will be prepared to practice community engagement that addresses one or more of the following: environmental responsibility, social justice and cultural diversity.” As soon as possible, we’ll send out additional information to ensure that you are ready to participate in this important effort.
Also, remember…the annual ECOFEST sustainability events will take place during April 21 – 26, 2014. This year’s events will include a conference on the 25th & 26th. We’ll share the details once they are confirmed.
Thank you for your leadership and for ensuring that Laney College achieves the ACCJC required proficiency level in terms of assessing its outcomes at the course, program and institution levels.
Elñora T. Webb, Ph.D.
900 Fallon Street
Oakland, CA 94607
Executive Assistant, Ms. Maisha Jameson
510 464 3236 Office
510 464 3528 FAX
From: Michelle (Cheli) Fossum
Sent: Tuesday, February 18, 2014 7:49 AM
To: Mark Wilson; Chancellor Jose Ortiz; Elnora Webb; Deborah Budd; Norma Ambriz-Galaviz; Eric Gravenberg; Charles Neal; Karolyn van Putten
Cc: David Ralston; addresses deleted for privacy; David J. Mitchell
Subject: I support the EcoFest Integrated Learning Initiative!
Dear Chancellor and Presidents,
I met with Mark Corbett Wilson in December, and he told me about his ideas for the EcoFest Integrated Learning Initiative. I would like to express my support for this initiative. I especially like that it is student-driven, and I think that it’s more likely to be successful because of this. I know how hard it can be to convince instructors to try something new, such as create an assignment related to sustainability. With this integrated learning model, the teacher won’t have to create an assignment – the student will develop the assignment instead.
At Laney this semester, we are focusing on assessing our Institutional Learning Outcome #4. Here is the full text of the outcome:
Global Awareness, Ethics and Civic Responsibility – Students will be prepared to practice community engagement that addresses one or more of the following: environmental responsibility, social justice and cultural diversity.
The EcoFest and the assignments that students choose to do related to sustainability will be excellent examples of the environmental responsibility and ethics and parts of ILO #4. We can collect this information and use it as part of our assessment of ILO #4 this semester. The EcoFest Integrated Learning Initiative will be very helpful in making students and instructors more aware of certain issues related to sustainability, so it will fit right in with our ILO #4 assessment.
I’m also told that the Peralta Student Council unanimously endorses this initiative.
Please support the EcoFest Integrated Learning Initiative. It’s very worthwhile.
Michelle (Cheli) Fossum
Learning Assessment Co-Coordinator
900 Fallon St.
Oakland, CA 94607
Learning Assessment Website: http://www.laney.edu/wp/assessment/
TaskStream tutorials: http://www.laney.edu/wp/assessment/taskstream-tutorials/
Website for my classes: http://www.laney.edu/wp/cheli-fossum/
The Peralta Student Council is promoting this years’ Ecology Festival theme ~ Our Watershed ~ so every Peralta student can create an Integrative Assignment using the Evergreen College Integrated Learning Model. We encourage all staff, faculty and administrators to engage with the PCCD Committee for Sustainability to support our students, our communities and the Peralta Ecology Festival.
“The Association of American Colleges and Universities’ 2007 report, College Learning in the New Global Century, asserts that in the 21st century, we need… curriculum to be a “liberating education” for all:
“Every student – not just the fortunate few – will need wide-ranging and cross-disciplinary knowledge, higher-level skills, an active sense of personal and social responsibility, and a demonstrated ability to apply knowledge to complex problems.”
Integrated Learning engages students in this substantive work; learning how to integrate knowledge from different disciplines and fields of study, multiple perspectives, and conflicting interests. Students persist in their studies if the learning they experience is meaningful, deeply engaging, and relevant to their lives.”
Students: The EcoFest 2014 Project presents an opportunity for students to integrate academic work & personal interests with community service, while improving their intercultural communication, to create a complex and vibrant campus life for everyone.
Create an Integrative Assignment for any of your classes. Teachers are not required to accept your proposal. All transferable classes require a research paper, consider exploring ‘Our Watershed’ ecology for a topic. Team up with classmates or combine class assignments to examine ‘Our Watershed’ ecology from multiple disciplines. Participating in the Peralta Ecology Festival is service learning.
Faculty: “Evergreen College’s Designing Integrative and Purposeful Assignments heuristic is about assignments – both as invitations to learn and as evidence of learning. It suggests three steps in designing learning experiences for students: identifying important learning outcomes, connecting them with a public issue, and drawing on campus resources – grounding faculty work in good pedagogical practices” that support Student Success and Institutional Learning Outcomes. Contact your ILO Coordinator to use TaskStream to document your colleges’ ILOs.
Text adapted from “A New Era in Learning-Community Work” by Emily Lardner and Gillies Malnarich – w/ reference links.
For more information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org – or – www.facebook/peraltastudentcouncil
The Associated Students of Laney College are pleased to begin the spring semester by inviting students, faculty, staff, and members of the Peralta community to take part in an ongoing Town Hall discussion series. Members of the ASLC will facilitate a panel of peers and education advocates who will discuss topics like:
- Utilizing and protecting campus resources
- Navigating the college governance structure
- Trends in higher education
- Preparing for the 21st century economy
- Student power then and now
Town Hall meetings will take place every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the Spring 2014 semester. Attendees are encouraged to make their voices heard by taking part in public comment and are welcomed to ask questions during panel discussions. We will wrap things up with a social mixer featuring complimentary refreshments courtesy of the ASLC.
Where: The Forum (Laney College)
Our first Town Hall Discussion is this Wednesday, January 29th. We will be discussing student resources and the campus governance structure. We need your input. Don’t be left out of the conversation!