Formation x Design Symposium

The Formation by Design Project held a symposium from June 30 to July 2 to advance a vision and framework for measuring the characteristics and dispositions of whole person learning in a more systematic and integrative way.

Symposium attendees explored different foci of formational learning through short presentations of related work by researchers and subsequent design challenges. These challenges provoked discussion and documentation of ideas on how to define and measure the impact of holistic learning designs that prepare students to thrive in the 21st-century work and social environment, including embodying traits like resilience, empathy, and the ability to innovate and solve complex problems.

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The final design challenge produced collaborative project proposals in five targeted research areas. This generation of ideas for pilots and initiatives was one of three major symposium outcomes, including the development of a robust research network on formation and learner analytics and a defined research agenda that contributes to the larger conversation on the purpose and value of higher education.

In addition to solidifying the vision and framework for formational analytics coming out of the Symposium, Formation by Design team members, including Vice Provost for Education and CNDLS Senior Scholar Randy Bass and CNDLS staff members Mindy McWilliams and Alexis Downey, met with Georgetown colleagues in mid-July to develop campus pilots to be implemented in the upcoming academic year. Georgetown constituents will reconvene with the wider international research network in Fall 2014 to continue pushing the agenda forward.

Follow the Formation by Design project on Twitter @formxdesign
Learn more about the Formation by Design project.
Read Provost Groves’ blog post about “Measuring Outcomes that are Difficult to Measure.”

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