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Getting Results: Welcome!

Overview

Getting Results is a multimedia resource developed by the League for Innovation in the Community Colleges. Their course is designed to help community college faculty identify the specific needs of their students, and then to develop a strategy to organize their courses and expected outcomes of those courses, with the learning activities and assessment techniques to meet the needs of their students.

Getting Results was funded by a National Science Foundation grant. Therefore some of the examples, cases, and video clips are based on the science, math, and technology disciplines. However, the content of Getting Results is highly applicable to all disciplines of teaching at the community college level. We will focus on the modules that are universal to all disciplines.
Completing the Getting Results modules might challenge some existing beliefs and practices about teaching and student learning. Most community college instructors are experts in their disciplines. They know their content and they know how to explain it. These are valuable skills, but faculty must also learn to become experts at tapping into their students' knowledge base. Faculty should know what steps are involved for their students to learn and to be able to use what faculty already know. This course emphasizes that teaching and learning should be understood as connected acts, in the context of linking course and program outcomes with organized learning activities and the assessment of student achievement. Completing these Getting Results modules can make a difference in both teaching and learning.

Video Viewing Guide

Key points:

  • Teaching is an experiment and the needs of today's students require faculty to suspend some of their past experiences of how they were taught.
  • Student engagement should be a primary outcome of all teaching and learning.
  • Well-defined and accepted learning outcomes provide continuity between courses in a department and program.
  • Key questions that faculty should ask are:
    • What do I want my students to know?
    • What do I want my students to be able to do?
    • Why is what I want my students to know and be able to do important for the students?
  • Faculty need to envision results for student learning and plan their acts of teaching to match the envisioned results.
  • The responsibilities that come with teaching at the community college level –
    • preparing students for employment,
    • preparing students to transfer to university programs so that students can successfully complete a major,
    • helping students upgrade their skills to assure continued employment or enter a new field, are challenged by the need to adapt teaching and learning strategies to the diverse range of background, experience and skill-level of the students that attend community colleges.

How faculty think about teaching and leaning strategies is changing. Those changes are based on:

  • A student-centered approach to collaborative learning
  • A learning community classroom atmosphere
  • Connecting course outcomes to actual classroom experiences
  • Learning experiences that support a sense of relevance in student’s minds, encouraging insights of how what is being learned could be actually applied.
  • Framing student learning as a mutually shared journey, rather than only the instructor's delivery of content.
  • Viewing Learning Environments through 4 lenses:
    • Knowledge
    • Learner
    • Assessment
    • Community

Once you have completed watching the video, you should be ready to start the first module, Creating a Community of Learners.

League for Innovation Website - Overview

How to Get Results

EdCC’s Getting Results Blackboard site focuses on 4 of the 6 modules that comprise the basics of teaching and learning:

  • Creating a Community of Learners
  • Planning for Outcomes
  • Active Teaching and Learning
  • Assessing Teaching and Learning

After completing the Overview Module, get started by browsing all of the content and links in the first module, Creating a Community of Learners.  Then go back to the module main page and begin working.  Select the aspects of the module that might have the greatest value and relevance to your teaching and fostering of student learning.  In the resources for each module, you’ll find a video viewing guide.  You should print this guide so it is available to you while you watch the videos.
When you begin working on the module, you'll notice prompts instructing you to record your thoughts about specific content in a "notebook." This can be a pad of paper, a word-processing document or whatever else is convenient. Your notebook will document your learning the concepts and techniques presented in Getting Results.  This notebook should be available to you as you proceed through the course, and you will be asked to refer back to it from time to time.   As with the videos, you’ll find a guide to your notebook entries for each module in the resources.


Keep your notebook in an organized manner so you can illustrate your application of the material to your discipline and your assessment of changes in your teaching. The primary outcome and reason for investing the time and energy to participate in Getting Results is to strengthen your teaching strategies and techinques and to support and foster student learning in your classes.  Therefore, keep the mental processing of the materials on a highly personalized and application level – make the time you spend doing the modules useful and supportive of your growth as an instructor at EdCC.

While your notebook is considered a personal resource, we also expect that instructors who have completed Getting Results will share the contents and examples contained with others - in a manner in which they are comfortable.

The elements of learning activities and assessment, plus the documentation of changes made as a result of completing Getting Results are important to instruction on a college-wide level.   Sharing your documentation with your colleagues on a department, divisional and college-wide basis will help improve the teaching and learning experience at Edmonds Community College.

To accompany the material on the Getting Results website, in Blackboard you find the following content:

  • Starting Activities – What you should do first.
  • Video Viewing Guide – What to look for and what questions to consider when watching the videos in the module.
  • Notebook and Defining Entries – These are the central questions and themes that underpin the main learning outcome of the module
  • Self-Assessment Questions and Activities – How did you achieve the learning outcome?
  • Additional Resources – Supplementary information, including websites, activities and other useful items that relate to module.

The application of the ideas and practices in Getting Results can be challenging to implement on a 100% level everyday.

Our goal is to strive for the application in our teaching and fostering of learning at the highest level possible, to learn by our successes and mistakes, and to sustain a model of a risk-taking  and reflection.  We want to foster of learning and student achievement, and to be able remember that if what we were trying to achieve was successful, we can use it to continue to improve in future classes, and to share that success with our colleagues as well.

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