|This Friday SLO Talk will focus on intentional faculty collaboration around outcome expectations. During this interactive session, the presenter will guide participants through a discussion about ensuring learning is happening with specific outcomes in mind. The discussion will hone in on two factors, 1) faculty collaboration to improve outcomes and increase the quality of assessments and 2) maintaining academic freedom and integrity while ensuring students in like-classes taught by different faculty exit the class demonstrating agreed-upon skills. The presenter will share activities and resources participants can use with department teams to further collaboration.
About the presenter: Sudie Whalen is a Technical Assistance Consultant with American Institutes for Research (AIR) working in the adult learning practice area. In her current position, Ms. Whalen serves as Deputy Director of the California Adult Literacy Professional Development Project in addition to working on other state and federal projects. She also serves as a subject matter expert and trainer in the following areas: career technical education instruction, integrated education and training, collaborative team-building – professional learning community and community of practice development and sustainability, adult learning theory (andragogy), student motivation, and equity. Additionally, Ms. Whalen was the lead developer and trainer for the Student Success Initiative: Professional Learning Communities Institute project funded by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Through this project, AIR trained staff from 35 institutions across California on appropriate use and implementation of professional learning communities to further staff collaboration.