Genesis of The LearningForce

Meeting with Xiaoxia Newton, Dec. 7, 2016

Davis goals as stated in award letter;

1) Meaningful involvement of students in knowledge sharing. What is knowledge sharing? Placing knowledge in a NODE: a location accessible and linked in all directions.
2)Focus on high enrollment Gateway Courses to create tools students can use to stabilize their experience of a course of study, anticipating hurdles, tangible ways to overcome them.

3) Open Educational Resources: the library will identify and share OER's for all the Gateway course, enable faculty to make use of them in course packets, or adopt an open textbook.



The Grant assessment goals and objectives will be co-constructed by the Principal investigator, George Hart, and co-investigator, Xiaoxia Newton. They will identify outcome indicators and metrics to evaluate implementation of the Learning Force.

The investigators will determine if we can extract general principles from the initiatives of the LearningForce and whether these principles are replicable.

The 3 pillars of successful LF implementation are

→Faculty buy-in
→institutional support.

The tools of assessment will include surveys, closed -ended or semi-structured, interviews using selected samples or focus groups.
Recorded interviews with faculty and students will be driven by purposeful creation of interview questions, resulting in analyzable content.

UMass Lowell Goals for the Davis Grant

UMass Lowell Library's goal for use of the Davis funds is micro-delivery of educational resources at the time and point of need, resulting in improved course completion, and improved information literacy benchmarks specific to each course.

One goal for the student employees will be a greater sense of affiliation with UML, increased retention of high achieving students.