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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)

  • In part,

    Kickstart was created in response to hearing common concerns

    from LMU students.

  • There are

    specific themes & concepts

    throughout the video

    series.

    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:

    Firefox Chrome

    Find Kickstart materials

    here!

  • 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 advising@lmu.edu 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

    Outcomes

    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

    Ongoing assessment

    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

    Student Referrals

    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: advising@lmu.edu 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