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KICKSTART: BUILDING STUDY HABITS FOR REFLECTIVE LEARNING
Sandra Luca, Ph.D. Shelby Schaefer, M.A.
University Advisors Academic Resource Center
OVERVIEW OF TODAYS SESSION
The Basics of the Kickstart Services Demonstration of Videos Ideas for Collaboration & Referral
WHAT IS KICKSTART?
We developed web resources for LMU students so they can foster academic skill-building.
Short video tutorials via MyLMU Connect Interactions with the University Advisors in the ARC or during
one of our Kickin It sessions around campus
By offering focused academic support to new
students, it is our intent that they kick start their way toward a successful academic experience by reflecting on their learning and building more effective study strategies.
The academic services offered as part of Kickstart encourages new students to make deliberate decisions about their academic planning and study habits.
In line with the First Year Retention Strategic Plan, the salient issues that Kickstart addresses is the: transition to college, immersion in academics, engagement in the campus community, strengthening student support, enhancing faculty and student collaborations.
PURPOSE OF KICKSTART
From the LMU First Year Retention Strategic Plan (p. 7)
INFORMED BY HIGHER EDUCATION RESEARCH
RETENTION: Researchers (Astin, 1984; Pascarella & Terenzini, 1991, 2005; Tinto, 1975, 1993) contributed to the study of student retention by focusing on how students integrate themselves into their environments, taking into account a variety of personal and institutional characteristics.
FIRST YEAR TRANSITION: Key elements for first-year student success include Expectations, Advice, Support, Involvement, Learning (Tinto, 2000).
LEARNING: relatively new focus on student learning outcomes Constructivism and other theories of learning Meta-cognitive strategies (McGuire, 2006)
KNOW YOUR AUDIENCE
Key Insights from Student Development Theory Chickeringidentity development Perrydualism vs. relativism thinking Schlossbergtransition theory (coping)
Recognize Changing Student Demographics Millennials (optimistic, team-oriented, use of technology) First-generation, low-income, ethnic minority Consider the role of the institution
Transfer Shock Hidden Curriculum
HERI/CIRP data of the American Freshman: Students spend less time studying, more optimistic about their academic performance. National Norms 2011: According to students surveyed, the most important reason to
attend college is to get a better job. (Pryor, et.al, 2011)
Kickstart was created in response to hearing common concerns
from LMU students.
specific themes & concepts
throughout the video
Visiting the ARC in Daum Hall
Incorporating real LMU student issues
Teaching students how to approach their work
Uncovering aspects of the hidden curriculum
WHY WE UTILIZE BLOOM
Students should be aware of the learning process and recognize that learning occurs at different levels.
Best Practices LSU Center for Academic
Success: Students must be taught that performing well in college requires higher-level thinking skills (McGuire, 2006).
TOPICS COVERED AS PART OF KICKSTART The Basics: Learning Strategies & Study Habits College Expectations (Blooms) Reading a Course Syllabus Using a Study Cycle Note-taking Techniques Critical Reading Strategies
Balance Series Developing a Weekly Study Schedule Making an At-a-Glance Calendar Grade and Contact Tracker Revising your Study Schedule
Mid-Semester: Test Preparation Context of Test-Taking Objective Exams Subjective Exams Preparation & Planning (case study) Working in Study Groups Dealing with Anxiety
WHY MYLMU CONNECT?
All students should be familiar with MyLMU Connect since many of their classes require them to use it. This platform is available 24 hours, 7 days a week using
any computer with internet connectivity. According to the ITS Tech Survey (2010),
49% of students used MyLMU Connect daily with another 30% using multiple times per week
About 80% used it for a class during the semester.
SCREENSHOT OF UNIVERSITY ADVISING HOME
It is best to use:
Find Kickstart materials
THE UNIVERSITY ADVISING ORGANIZATION
Content folders by topic
THE UNIVERSITY ADVISING ORGANIZATION
HOW DO STUDENTS USE KICKSTART?
Once students express interest, they gain access to the University Advising organization on MyLMU Connect.
View (and review) the videos at their own pace.
Since Kickstart is part of MyLMU Connect, students can access the resources
at any time using any computer with internet connectivity.
There may be different points in the semester that students want to access different types of information.
We encourage students to approach the videos by reflecting on their current study habits and what they can do to improve them.
Receive announcements and reminders in MyLMU
Connect at various points in the semester.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
OUTREACH TO STUDENTS AND GROUPS
Working with LMU campus partners For promotion of Kickstart and to refer students to our services
First Year Experience & Transfer Student Services Residence Life (freshman halls) Living-Learning and Learning Communities Freshman English Program (FEP) faculty Instructors who teach one-unit success courses BCLA Student Ambassadors Seaver Colleges Student Liaisons (Center for Student Success) First-To-Go Parents Pride (newsletter)
Kicking it with a University Advisor
Setting up table in key places and times Establishing an official presence Using the iPad to access quick information Fall & Spring coffee/snack breaks
ASSESSING OUR WORK
Current numbers (as of October 1st) 80 users Including 15 faculty/staff
Link to goals from retention plan (slide 4) Frequency patterns of usage Establish baseline in pilot year
Attempt to measure behaviors
Kickstart users will demonstrate an appropriate level of understanding of
After viewing a video, I was able to
Assessing Our Work: Initial Student Feedback
College Transition: I find that this program is interesting mainly because it gives
students creative yet simple ways to succeed in college . . . What I really appreciated about this program was how much
they made me feel like it was okay to be struggling right now.
Engaging with Faculty: I personally thought this video helps guide students down the
right paths with their professors . . . Importance of Faculty Support for Kickstart: I did not realize that this program was going to be this popular
among other students . . . Other students were there from different programs, so it seemed that this experience is actually something useful and productive.
IMPROVEMENTS FOR THE FUTURE
Faculty input & participation
iPad and iPod video capabilities (coming soon) Better alignment with the timing of the semester
Host workshops for Balancing Time series (January 2013) Feature a Video of the Week in the Spring Consider ways to incorporate into New Student Orientation ?
IDEAS FOR COLLABORATION: IN/OUT OF CLASS
Incorporate a video into class followed by discussion
Work together to build (or revise) the content of videos Specific workshop sessions for a group or class Class Announcements
We can provide handouts to distribute Flyer to put on your doc-cam at beginning of class
Emails to encourage student(s) to make appointment We can provide the text with steps to join Target: those who are struggling; midterm deficiencies
DEMONSTRATION OF VIDEO
What Your Instructors Want From You (Blooms Taxonomy)
Contact the University Advisors Dr. Sandra Luca (email: Sandra.Luca@lmu.edu) Shelby Schaefer (email: Shelby.Schaefer@lmu.edu)
Office: Daum Hall Phone: (310)338-7653 Email: email@example.com Website: www.lmu.edu/arc
Kickstart: Building Study Habits for Reflective LearningOverview of todays sessionWhat is Kickstart? Purpose of KickstartInformed by Higher Education research Know your audience Slide Number 7Slide Number 8Why we utilize BloomSlide Number 10Topics covered as part of KickstartWhy MyLMU Connect?Screenshot of University Advising homeSlide Number 14Slide Number 15How do students use kickstart?Outreach to students and groupsASSESSING OUR WORKAssessing Our Work: Initial Student FeedbackImprovements for the futureIdeas for collaboration: in/out of classDemonstration of VideoContact the University Advisors