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Pacific Region Learning Summit 2012

Aloha and Welcome!

All educators are invited to participate in a professional development opportunity designed to transform your teaching and your students' learning. This one week conference will help faculty to design innovative, interactive, and collaborative learning environments using current instructional strategies and appropriate technologies.

Look forward to:

  • week-long, hands-on time
  • concentrated learning
  • redesign your course
  • networking 
  • exchanging teaching ideas
  • diversity of participants
  • meet-and-greet with local industry representatives to incorporate "real world" into classes (PBL only)

The event features several tracks:

1. Transforming Instruction with Problem-Based Learning(PBL)

This track is intended to help faculty transform a traditional course into an active-learning one. Participants are led through the steps to create their own PBL scenario, tasks and assessments. The PBL scenarios and tasks are designed with industry input for authenticity. The scenarios encourage students to practice 21st Century Skills as they work on teams, meet deadlines, solve problems, and communicate with each other. For more information on Problem-Based Learning, visit http://learnpbl.com.

2. Authentic Online Learning

Learning-by-doing is generally considered the most effective way to learn and students are motivated by solving real-world problems (Lombardi, 2007). However, for decades authentic learning has been difficult to implement. Now with the affordances and great potential of the Internet we are now able to create authentic tasks that improve learning outcomes.

Significantly, educational researchers are coming to the conclusion that “the value of authentic activity is not constrained to learning in real-life locations and practice, but that the benefits of authentic activity can be realized through careful design of Web-based learning environments,” (Herrington, Reeves, Oliver, and Woo, 2002). Today’s Web-based learning environments give students access to many of the same resources that professionals use in their research.

In this track you will create an authentic online learning activity aimed at moving activities into the immersive, online realm, where students can try on varying perspectives and work in tandem with peers, mentors, and potential employers who may live continents away.

3. Five Easy Tools for Global Learning

This track will focus on five main tools that are easy to use (Twitter, Diigo, iGoogle, YouTube, Blogger) and their application to Global Learning. Global learning is the process of making connections with people of similar academic interests or facing similar academic challenges, wherever they may be. At the conclusion of the week, each participant will present a relevant lesson or student directed activity that incorporates Global Learning. Come discover how these tools can work for you and your students!

When and Where

Date: Monday, May 14 - Friday, May 18, 2012

Place: Leeward Community College on the Island of Oahu in Hawaii

Time: 8: 30 am - 3:30 pm daily, except Friday 8:30 am - 12 pm

Hosts

Leeward Community College (Leeward CC) is a two-year community college enrolling approximately 6,500 students each semester in liberal arts and career and technical educational programs. Leeward CC is located near the geographic center of Oahu between Pearl City and Waipahu. It is continuously striving to make the educational experience for students a useful and rewarding one. Therefore, there is a commitment to expand the traditional approach to teaching to include methodologies such as problem based learning and a redesigning for online instruction.

Truckee Meadow Community College (TMCC) is a two-year community college. TMCC is continually growing and finding new ways to prepare students for the real world. Offering academic and university transfer, occupational training, career enhancement workshops and classes just for fun, TMCC is the fastest growing college in northern Nevada. TMCC has been using this new approach to learning for the past several years. This is the first year they are partnering with us at the Pacific Region Learning Summit.

This partnership was made possible as a result of work supported by the National Science Foundation under ATE Grants #DUE 0302894, 0603297 & 0903276. See http://www.learnpbl.com for more information on the Destination: Problem-Based Learning Project. Faculty from Leeward Community College participated in a workshop where faculty were guided through a process that changed their pedagogical approach. This new approach included learning activities which were situated in real world contexts that students would encounter in the workplace. As a result of the connections made in this workshop, the Pacific Region Learning Summit was created.