Faculty Learning Teams/Course Cohorts
The Graduation Initiative Project has implemented Learning Teams (cohorts) which are a group of instructors teaching a common course with a clear goal to improve student success. Each team is led by a facilitator.
The groups use a 7-step process:
Step 1: Identify and clarify specific and common student needs (learning gaps) to work on
Step 2: Formulate a clear objective for for each need and identify related student work to be analyzed.
Step 3: Identify and adopt a promising instructional strategy to address the need/gap.
Step 4: Plan and complete necessary preparation to try the selected strategy in the classroom.
Step 5: Deliver Instruction: All group members implement the same selected strategy.
Step 6: Analyze student work to (a) see if the objective is being met, (b) better understand the need,
(c) evaluate the effectiveness of selected strategy.
Step 7: Reassess, continue and repeat the cycle or move on to another need/learning gap.