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ERIC Number: EJ952757
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0009-1383
Institutionalizing Large-Scale Curricular Change: The Top 25 Project at Miami University
Hodge, David C.; Nadler, Marjorie Keeshan; Shore, Cecilia; Taylor, Beverley A. P.
Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, v43 n5 p28-35 2011
Now more than ever, it is urgent that colleges and universities mobilize themselves to produce graduates who are capable of being productive, creative, and responsible members of a global society. Employers want clear communicators who are strong critical thinkers and who can solve real-world problems in an ethical way. To achieve these outcomes, the authors believe that colleges and universities must create an educational culture that promotes engaged student learning. Faculty, staff and administrators must work together to help students take responsibility for their own learning and their own lives and see themselves as constructors of knowledge rather than passive recipients of information. In 2007, Miami University began a new initiative that was intended to institutionalize "engaged learning" across the curriculum. The Top 25 project is a successful institution-wide implementation of a shared and intentional approach to engaged learning focused on the largest lower-level courses. Its success comes from a process that was designed from the beginning to build on the university's strengths and engaged a critical mass of faculty and staff who have learned together and then shared their experiences with colleagues. The result is a measureable shift in culture and enhanced student learning outcomes that go well beyond the classes targeted in the formal program. In this article, the authors describe the process they used to implement the changes, the types of transformations that were implemented, the challenges they faced, and (perhaps most importantly) the encouraging outcomes of the changes, as well as the road ahead. (Contains 7 resources.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Ohio