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Jan. 31, 2020

This report reflects work from Dec. 14, 2019, to Jan. 31, 2020.

Accomplishments

  • MU’s CLR learning framework was approved by the Executive Sponsors.
  • The Request for Information, created by the Integrations subcommittee, was issued and posted to the UM System’s public website by procurement Dec. 23, 2019. Responses to the RFI will provide the Core Project Team with information about what technology currently exists, if it meets the requirements MU has identified, and potential costs. Six vendors responded to the request.
  • An evaluation form for co-curricular activities was drafted by the Learning Assessment subcommittee. This is the form that will be used to determine what co-curricular activities should be added to the CLR.
  • FAQs concerning the CLR project and CLRs in general were posted to the CLR website.

Upcoming work (February 2020)

  • Vendor responses to the RFI will be reviewed by the Core Project Team and the Integrations subcommittee.
  • The Learning Assessment subcommittee will finalize a curricular form.
  • The Core Project Team will begin working with select faculty and staff to develop pilots for spring semester 2020. The focus will be on two high impact practices: undergraduate research and capstone courses. These pilots will allow for testing the following:
    • The usability of the review form used to determine if an activity, exercise, etc. should become a part of the CLR.
    • Set up and entry/export of data into/from Canvas.
    • Ability to appropriately record and demonstrate, on behalf of the student, highly rigorous expectations.
    • Begin developing templates for types of entries into the CLR (e.g., capstone template, undergraduate template).
    • Testing the CLR Framework with undergraduate research and capstone courses.
  • The data from the pilots conducted fall semester 2019 will be analyzed.

Dec. 13, 2019

This report reflects work from Nov. 13, 2019, to Dec. 13, 2019.

Accomplishments

  • The Request for Information (RFI) was finalized and sent to Heather Reed in Procurement for review. Some features the integrations subcommittee would like to explore are:
    • Combining both curricular and co-curricular achievements, and eventually including MU Extension and continuing education unit learning artifacts (certifications, badges, etc.) along with campus work experiences
    • Management and governance of activities captured by the CLR (institutionally verifiable)
    • The ability to be customized by the student, i.e., show/hide features, expand and collapse, arrangement of order of display
    • Long-term, portable access for the student which begins while the student is attending the university and expands until after they graduate and leave the institution
    • Ability to organize and tag content by a learning framework
    • Allowing users to reflect on learning and upload artifacts
    • Ability to combine multiple sources of data into one output
  • MU’s CLR Learning Framework was vetted with the Faculty Council Executive Committee, TRiO mentors, the Director of Campus Writing and MU Libraries Instruction Committee.
  • An evaluation form for co-curricular activities was drafted by the Learning Assessment subcommittee. This is the form that will be used to determine what should be added to the CLR.
  • The core lead team created a glossary of terms, which will be added to this website.

Upcoming work (December 2019 and January 2020)

  • The RFI will be posted publicly online as well as sent to identified vendors by Heather Reed in Procurement.
  • The Core Project Team will begin discussions about the next round of pilots. The plan is to focus on high impact practices. Additionally, the development of these pilots will enable MU to begin building MU’s CLR once a vendor(s) has been identified.
  • Continue developing the assessment forms that will be used to determine what content should be added to the CLR. The focus during the upcoming months will be on curricular experiences. Faculty will be identified to assist with testing the form.
  • The assessment form for co-curricular activities will be tested for usability.
  • The core team will evaluate the current subcommittee structure and membership. Additional subcommittees might be formed if necessary.
  • Key individuals who have been engaged with MU’s CLR effort will be interviewed by Patti Constantakis, President and Founder of PMA Consultants, who is working with the Lumina Foundation to develop stories about the work going on around the country with CLRs.

Nov. 13, 2019

This report reflects work from Oct. 1, 2019, to Nov. 8, 2019. Reports will be released monthly.

Accomplishments

Screenshot of tweet with photo of CLR core team

Mizzou’s CLR Core Lead Team got a Twitter shout out from Tom Green, associate executive director of the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers

  • The Core Lead Team (Brandt, Grabau, Kintner, Rubenstein, Selman and Wiebold) presented work to date at the CLR Showcase in Dallas, Texas, Oct. 7–8. The showcase was sponsored by AACRAO, NASPA and the Lumina Foundation through the CLR Grant.
  • The general concept and MU Learning Framework were vetted with the MU Student Organization Presidents Council. Questions asked:
    • Will the CLR capture what students have done or what they are developing?
    • How is it different than the résumé?
    • Can experiences be tracked in more than one of the areas of the learning framework?
    • Can students submit experiences to include?
    • How might experiences be weighted? Introduced? Learned? Demonstrating? Mastered?
    • Will users be able to “hide” parts of their CLR?
    • How will content be verified or validated?
    • Is the CLR for students or employers?
    • While some of these questions have been addressed, the full CLR committee is working through others.
  • Ashli Grabau and Brenda Selman presented MU’s work at the Missouri Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (MACRAO) on Oct. 28.
  • Began creating a request for information (RFI) for potential CLR vendors. The Core Lead Team is unaware of any vendors who can currently provide all the functional and technical needs MU wants. However, the RFI might help identify vendors who might be able to partner with MU.
  • Metrics to test the effectiveness of the CLR pilots were identified. Some examples:
    • Does the assessment method of the Student Affairs pilots measure the intended
      learning? (Validity)
    • Can the CLR learning be validated in Canvas?
    • Number of consultation hours and number of Engage training hours.
  • Members of the Core Lead Team presented the concept of the CLR to the Advising Forum,
    October 10.

Upcoming work (November 2019):

  • Begin developing the assessment form that will be used to determine what content should be added to the CLR. Two forms will be developed: one for co-curricular experiences and one for curricular content.
  • Finalize draft of Request for Information by November 21. Core Lead Team will edit the draft, then send to Procurement (Heather Reed) for review. Plan to push to vendors early 2020.
  • Evaluate current subcommittee structure; determine if changes need to be made with the current subcommittees and identified additional committees that need to be established.
  • Continue vetting the framework. Plan to vet with Faculty Council Executive Committee, Nov. 6 and TRiO groups Nov. 12.

Oct. 1, 2019

This report reflects work from June 25, 2019, to Oct. 1, 2019. Reports will be released monthly.

Accomplishments

  • Using several Mizzou frameworks (e.g., Mizzou’s core learning objectives, Student Affairs Columns of Student Learning and Development) and national frameworks (e.g., NACE competencies, Degree Qualifications Profile), a CLR learning framework was created. It currently has six areas: Leadership and Teamwork; Communication; Cultural and Global Fluency and Engagement, Personal Development, Career Development and Knowledge Integration and Creation).
  • Pilots started. These will be used to test proof of concepts (learning framework and learning validation) and technology compatibility.
    • To test how well Engage can track and validate Learning Outcomes, 5 Student Affairs organizations will participate in an overall pilot:
      • Fall Mizzou Alternative Breaks participants
      • Club Sports participants
      • CAPB (programming board) leaders
      • Culinary Discovery Series participants
      • Involvement Ambassador Consultation participants
    • To test the Pathways functionality of Engage, two pilots have been identified:
      • Fraternity and Sorority Life
      • Citizenship@Mizzou
    • To test the learning framework within a curricular setting, Dr. Bethany Stone, Teaching Professor in the Division of Biological Sciences has developed a pilot in her General Botany course.
  • Approximately forty policies and processes that will need to be developed have been identified and prioritized.
  • A website has been created and launched and is now being regularly updated with new information as it is developed.

Objectives for October 2019

  • Present work to date at the CLR Showcase in Dallas Oct. 7–8. The showcase is sponsored by AACRAO, NASPA and the Lumina Foundation through the CLR Grant.
  • Begin vetting the CLR framework with key stakeholders, beginning with students.
  • Draft processes for vetting CLR content for curricular and co-curricular experiences.
  • Create a request for information from potential CLR vendors.