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On-Demand Faculty Development Sessions are designed by educators, for educators to assist faculty in developing skills related to the pillars of academic programs.


These sessions are for anyone interested in strategies applicable to teaching, learning, or scholarships. Learn from leading educators who are adopting, studying, and creating innovative and effective ways to improve teaching and education scholarship.

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Factors Impacting Student Learning and Academic Performance

James M. Culhane, Ph.D.
Professor and Assistant Dean of Student Academic Success Programs
NTA Certified Academic Coach
Notre Dame of Maryland University School of Pharmacy

The factors that impact student learning behaviors and academic success are varied, complicated and interconnected. Having a theoretical model that demonstrates many of these factors and how they interact and influence one another is critical when working with struggling students.

THE BACEIS model, developed by Hartman and Sternberg in the early 1990s considers a wide range of factors that are internal and external to the student that can impact learning behavior and success. The strength of this theoretical framework is that it broadly considers these factors by dividing them into internal and external supersystems with each identifying cognitive and affective components as well as well as academic and nonacademic environmental factors that govern learning behavior. Using this broad perspective staff, faculty and administrators can be more effective in identifying as student’s root causes for academic difficulty and develop effective and targeted interventions. In this module we will be exploring the various factors that can impact student learning and success.

Pillars of Teaching:

Brandy Close
Director of Curricular Affairs, Instructional Design and Academic Technologies
Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine

Dan Thompson
Assistant Director of Instructional Design and Faculty Development
Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine

1) How to Write Objectives

Writing appropriate learning objectives is the foundation on which lessons and courses are built. Well written objectives communicate expectations for students while providing measurable student performance benchmarks. Too often, these objectives are passed down from previous instructors or created without teaching methods, assessments, and student performance outcomes in mind.

Participants of this module will complete an interactive, self-paced learning module that will navigate them through each step of this process, from learning objective creation to completing their part of the mapping process, with a focus on influencing improved student performance outcomes.

2) How to Make Meaningful Contributions to the Mapping Process

Participants of this module will complete an interactive, self-paced learning module that will navigate them through how to make meaningful contributions to the mapping process.

3) Aligning Your Learning Objectives - Creating an actionable guide to promote student success

In education, faculty commonly provide students with course learning objectives. While this practice is pervasive throughout education, the motivation behind writing objectives may not always be rooted in sound educational best-practices. Whether one writes learning objectives to satisfy a school policy/accreditation standard, to create a roadmap to guide students in their studies, or to provide guidance when creating course content, the most important factor that should influence the entire process is alignment.

Aligning learning objectives with other elements related to the course (goals, assessments, etc.) helps faculty create a course that appropriately contributes to (or aligns with) the overall curriculum. Additionally, well-aligned learning objectives provide the necessary purpose from which course decisions are derived: which teaching methods to use, how to assess students, and the performance feedback students should receive. To put it plainly - alignment sets faculty and students up for success. This module will guide participants through the process of aligning learning objectives with course goals, competencies, and assessments with a focus on providing faculty with actionable guidance that when employed, will ultimately influence improved student outcomes.

Learning Objectives:

At the completion of this module, participants will be able to:

  • Align learning objectives with course goals, competencies, and assessments
  • Choose teaching methods that best satisfy learning objectives and course goals
  • Create a well-aligned course that promotes improved student outcomes

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