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ERIC Number: ED539307
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Nov
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 11
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
Good Beginnings Are Not the Measure of Success: Using an Outcomes Logic Model to Track the Progress of the Irish Integrative Learning Project
Ryan, C. Anthony; Higgs, Bettie; Kilcommins, Shane
National Academy for Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (NJ1), Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the National Academy for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (3rd, Dublin, Ireland, Nov 11-12, 2009)
Background: The resources, needs and implementation activities of educational projects are often straightforward to document, especially if objectives are clear. However, developing appropriate metrics and indicators of outcomes and performance is not only challenging but is often overlooked in the excitement of project design and implementation. The authors will show how this problem can been addressed using the Irish Integrative Learning Project (IILP) as an example. The goals of this NAIRTL-funded project are to help students become integrative thinkers and learners. Educational capacity is being addressed through fourteen multi-institutional and multi-disciplinary teaching initiatives to act as stimuli for furthering Integrative Learning in Ireland. Aims: The purpose of this paper is to demonstrate how Outcomes Logic Model (OLM) can help develop clarity of thinking and targets in educational projects. Method: OLM is a systematic visual way to present a planned programme with its underlying assumptions and theoretical framework. OLM allows us to describe, share, discuss and improve programme theory, in words and pictures. It can be used at any stage, during design, planning, implementation, evaluation and reporting. It can strengthen the case for programme investment (grants). It can also reflect group processes and change over time. Results: We will present our completed OLM for the IILP using the OLM framework. While outputs are relatively easy to develop, measurable short and long-term outcomes pose significant challenges. Appended are: (1) Outcomes Logic Model for the Irish Integrative Learning Project; (2) List of Participants, Disciplines and Integrative Learning Projects; and (3) Impact of integrative learning experiences on group participants, captured during the fourth Integrative Learning Project workshop. (Contains 3 tables.) [For the full proceedings, "Research-Teaching Linkages: Practice and Policy. Proceedings of the Annual Conference of the National Academy for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (3rd, Dublin, Ireland, November 11-12, 2009)," see ED539248.]
National Academy for Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning. University College Cork, Distillery House North Mall, Cork, Ireland. Tel: +353-21-490-4690; e-mail: nairtl@ucc.ie; Web site: http://www.nairtl.ie
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Academy for Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (NAIRTL) (Ireland)
Identifiers - Location: Ireland