Phases of the Collegium Project
The Collegium project had four phases:
Fall 2008 Opening Conference
The project opened with a broad discussion in a two-day conference focused on recent developments in research about learning, heldNovember 21-23, 2008 at Monmouth College, with participation from across the ACM. In this expansive first step, ACM assembled four groups:
Forming the Collegium group
Through the Fall 2008 Conference and a follow-up process with ACM deans, individuals were identified to form the ACM Collegium Group. The members of the Collegium Group committed themselves to reading and discussing the literature about learning in greater depth and to thinking about its application to the liberal arts college classroom. This process began upon formation of the group with a series of reading assignments. A two-day seminar in Spring 2009 brought the Collegium Group together to work intensively with each other and with several of the experts from ACM and other colleges and universities studying the research and starting to develop specific, researchable questions about pedagogy and classroom practice.
Spring and Summer 2009 Workshops
- March 27-28, 2009 at Macalester College in St. Paul, MN
- July 23-24, 2009 in Chicago, IL
The ACM Collegium Group participating in the spring workshop at Macalester College began to design plans for classroom research projects that apply the research on learning and evaluate the results. These faculty members fully developed their plans in a summer workshop in Chicago with help from ACM Teaching and Learning experts and conducted the research during the 2009-10 academic year.
Following the model of the Carnegie Academy for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, the ACM Collegium participants worked together, in smaller subject or regional teams, to provide mutual support and feedback for the ongoing projects. Since the successful completion of these classroom projects has been central to the Collegium project, the budget for these activities has been flexible and ample. We realized that our Collegium faculty would need considerable support, such as further consultation with experts in the current research or with research design experts; classroom visits by colleagues; additional research materials; or small-group meetings to critique the developing projects. Members of the Collegium Group have received travel support for spring and summer workshops and an honorarium of $1,500 upon completion of their research.
Fall 2010 Closing Conference
A second conference in Fall 2010, "Understanding Student Learning" brought this project full circle — and, ideally, initiate a new cycle of activity. This meeting focused on the projects carried out in the classrooms of ACM faculty scholars during the 2009-10 academic year and on case studies and learning modules that provided examples of good teaching practices based on the research. The results of these projects were shared, discussed, and will possibly published, and should provide evidence of strategies and assessment formulas that could be further extended and tested. Once again, ACM experts and some colleagues from other colleges and research universities offered their insights. Ideally, another cycle of research questions and projects to emerge from this second conference.
For more information about the ACM-Teagle Collegium on Student Learning, contact the ACM office (312-263-5000).