Appreciative College Instruction & The First Year: Creating A Culture Of Empowerment To Help Our Students Succeed
Appreciative College Instruction (ACI) involves creating a positive classroom culture that empowers students and teachers to build on their strengths and experiences, realize their full potentials, and meet specific learning outcomes. Based on the theory of Appreciative Inquiry, ACI is the practical application of six phases - Disarm, Discover, Dream, Design, Deliver, and Don't Settle - providing a positive framework for college level courses. This session will demonstrate how ACI can be used in student success courses such as first-year seminar courses, specifically highlighting how ACI has been used to teach a University 101 Academic Recovery course.
The webinar will include:
- An overview and definition of Appreciative College Instruction
- The theoretical infrastructure of the six phases of ACI
- Practical application of ACI in first-year seminar courses
- Suggested assignments, resources, and active learning strategies
- An overview of data and lesson learned
By presenting an overview of ACI, attendees will be able to understand the framework and mindset of teaching first-year courses using a positive, appreciative approach.
The first section of the presentation will emphasize how ACI is defined and rooted in theory. An overview of the six phases will be provided along with specific examples of what instructors can do to implement this instructional approach. For example, the Disarm phase will be discussed both as theory and practice. Instructors will consider why disarming students is crucial to success of the course, how instructors may be perceived by students, and what particular things instructors can do to disarm their class.
The second section will highlight a particular University 101 Academic Recovery course taught by both of the presenters. This course enrolled 19 students who were placed on academic probation and who mostly all failed University 101 the previous fall. Specific course assignments, exams, papers, videos, in-class activities, and active learning strategies will be shared. Student quotes will be used throughout this presentation revealing the impact of these teaching strategies.
Finally, the instructors will share an overview of data collected and recommendations for future implementation. Attendees will leave the session understanding both theory and practice of ACI and specific tools they can use for application in their first-year seminar courses.
- Understand the theoretical infrastructure behind Appreciative College Instruction
- Understand and apply the six phases of Appreciative College Instruction: Disarm, Discover, Dream, Design, Deliver, and Dont Settle
- Learn specific ways of incorporating hands-on practical exercises based on the six phases into their student success courses
- Learn how to use verbal and non-verbal immediacy behaviors that can put students at ease
- Explore potential adaptations of the model in participants specific working environment
- Academic advisors
- Advising administrators
- Retention coordinators
- Student affairs leaders
- Student Affairs professionals
- University 101 instructors
- University 101 coordinators
- Vice-Presidents of Student Affairs
"The six phases of Appreciative Advising can be easily adapted in curricular and co-curricular settings to help increase the retention rates for students on probation."
Jennifer Bloom is a Clinical Professor and Director of the Masters degree program in the Higher Education & Student Affairs Program housed in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policies at the University of South Carolina. Prior to her appointment at the University of South Carolina in August 2007, she served as the Associate Dean for Student Affairs & the Medical Scholars Program at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Urbana-Champaign. She earned her doctorate in Higher Education Administration from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1995.
Dr. Bloom served as the 2007-08 President of the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA). She received the NACADA Outstanding Advising Administrator Award in 2005 and University of Illinois Campus Academic Professional Excellence Award in 2007.
Dr. Bloom has co-authored four books. The first book, Career Aspirations & Expeditions: Advancing Your Career in Higher Education Administration, was released in 2003 and co-authored by Nancy Archer-Martin. The second book, The Appreciative Advising Revolution, was released earlier in September 2008 and is co-authored by Bryant Hutson and Ye He. The third is co-authored with Bryant Hutson, Ye He, and Claire Robinson and it is titled Appreciative College Instruction: Becoming a Force for Positive Change in the Student Success Courses (2011). The fourth was released in 2012 and is titled Increasing Persistence: Research-based Strategies for College Student Success. The co-authors are Wes Habley and Steve Robbins. Her research interests include appreciative advising, academic advising, career paths in higher education administration, leadership, and change management.
Claire Robinson serves as the Associate Director of the Student Success Center (SSC) at the University of South Carolina. In her role, she oversees several academic support programs including tutoring, the student success call center, and academic recovery initiatives. In addition, Claire coordinates the units planning and performance document the Blueprint for Strategic Excellence. She has been a member of the universities Planning, Assessment, and Innovation Council since 2009 and works with various units across the Division of Student Affairs and Academic Support to assist in their strategic planning and assessment. Claire has directed the academic success coaching program since 2007. Using the Appreciative Advising framework, Claire trains graduate students who serve as academic coaching offering individualized student support on campus. She has consulted at several institutions on academic success coaching, succeeded in getting the ACE program CRLA level-three certified, and awarded program winner of a NASPA Excellence Bronze Award in academic support. Claire has written articles on academic coaching, appreciative advising, and co-authored the book Appreciative College Instruction: Becoming a Force for Positive Change in Student Success Courses. She also previously taught an academic recovery course and currently teaches a section of a freshmen seminar course.
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