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ERIC Number: EJ912855
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 3
ISSN: ISSN-0271-0633
Campus Stories: Three Case Studies. Part A: Institutionalizing Pedagogical Change--A Case Study in Building a Learning Organization
Farrar-Myers, Victoria A.; Dunn, Dana
New Directions for Teaching and Learning, n124 p69-74 Win 2010
In response to the growing calls for accountability in higher education, accreditation associations are requiring institutions to develop strategic plans designed to enhance student learning. This requirement can be recast as a unique opportunity to promote institution-wide introspection and collaboration. Such a plan can foster an open dialogue among all the stakeholders of the university regarding the direction they want the institution to take and the learning they wish their students to achieve. The key to taking advantage of this opportunity is developing a mindset throughout the university that emphasizes the plan and its development as a catalyst to bring the university together with a renewed sense of community. To make the plan a catalyst for long-term institutional change, the institution itself must be treated as a learning organization. All the mechanisms of learning should be employed in creating the plan: (1) brainstorming; (2) making connections between disparate ideas; (3) understanding the implications of decisions; and (4) deconstructing information and building it back up in a new and more useful way. This article is the first of three case studies of successful implementation at very different types of institutions. This case study examines the lessons learned from the University of Texas at Arlington (UT Arlington) 2006-2007 experience to identify several key principles--how to build a stakeholder-driven process, how to develop constructive working relationships, and how to create a learning organization--required to institutionalize active learning, experiential education, and the shared vision to achieve the desired educational outcomes. [For Part B, see EJ912856; for Part C, see EJ912857.]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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