Active & Collaborative Learning

After careful examination of promising and best practices from other ATD institutions and after gaining an understanding of the implications of scaling, Texarkana College determined that an intervention designed to span all content areas, to engage a large and diverse group of faculty, and to impact all student populations was essential as part of our overall plan in addition to the intensive efforts focused on developmental students and mathematics. Through research and awareness of local public education trends towards project-based learning, the TC Core Team decided to pursue Active & Collaborative Learning as an intervention. The model set by ATD Leader College, Patrick Henry Community College, was determined as the most desirable for our campus. The plan was to begin with faculty engagement and training, followed by implementation of at least one ACL strategy in at least one course for each participating faculty member. Volunteer faculty and staff were recruited with criteria established for participation and implementation. To establish the perceived effectiveness of the training, a survey was developed and administered to all participants upon completion of the training. Evaluation of student outcomes such as completion rates, grade distributions, persistence rates, engagement rates, and student learning outcomes will be measured (ACL classes vs. non-ACL classes). Qualitative assessments will include student and faculty surveys on satisfaction and engagement, focus groups or case studies may also be used. A subsequent administration of CCSSE and SENSE will be administered after a year of implementation for comparison of results to baseline data by focusing on the questions that pertain to collaborative learning and active learning.

TC trained around 50 % of full-time faculty in Spring 2012. This group implemented ACL strategies in Fall 2012 in 250 or more class sections impacting approx. 2,100 unduplicated students (approx.2/3 of the general enrollment population not counting high school dual credit enrollment). In Spring 2013, we hosted an ACL Evaluation Discussion Forum with Patrick Henry Community College and Phillips Community College to explore best practices to effectively assess ACL. TC then conducted a second round of ACL training which brought the percentage of full-time faculty participating to almost 70%, with 50% of the original volunteer group receiving advanced training.  Monthly meetings of participants to discuss the successes and challenges of implementing ACL proved to be very effective in sustaining momentum. Faculty reported renewed excitement about teaching and improved student participation in their classes. Data collected through student surveys demonstrated higher levels of student engagement and grade distribution analysis revealed a 10% increase in successful course completion rates (A, B, C) for students in classes of participating faculty when compared to the same faculty members during the previous fall semester.

Our Active and Collaborative Learning Initiative works diligently with the TC professional development committee to provide active and collaborative professional development opportunities throughout the year.  The committee, comprised of members from various disciplines, collaborate to provide opportunities to target the TC ATD initiatives.  More than 69% of TC faculty has voluntarily received Active and Collaborative Learning training.  Additionally, 68% of students report that Active and Collaborative strategies are used in three or more of their classes collaborating with nearly 60% of faculty reporting they are using Active and Collaborative strategies in three or more of their classes.  Furthermore, 90% of faculty agree that the Active and Collaborative Learning Initiative has positively impacted classroom culture, professional development events and cross-curricular collaboration.  Our ACL committee strives to continuously learn more about Active and Collaborative Learning and how it will improve student success and performance; for this reason, we are partnered with Patrick Henry Community College’s Southern Center for Active Learning Excellence “SCALE Institute”.  We have presented with PHCC at DREAM for three consecutive years and take advantage of all of their trainings.  Most recently, in October 2014, twenty-five faculty members with either Introductory or Advanced ACL training participated in Active and Collaborative Learning for Distance Learning facilitated on our campus by Patrick Henry Community College SCALE Institute trainer Michelle Zollars.  TC has truly benefited from our partnership with PHCC, and we look forward to continuing that growth.  

Future plans include the launch of an internal professional development and mentoring plan to provide training in ACL to adjunct faculty.  Additionally, during the November 2015 ACL Data Byte, 100% of faculty were interested in a facilitator led ACL 90-minute training where they will receive a certificate of participation from the Charles A. Dana Center.  ACL Initiative co-chairs plan to offer the training Fall 2016 and Spring 2017.  

ID 15690

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