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Quality Enhancement Plan

Quality Enhancement Plan

ACTIVE LEARNING SPACE UTILIZATION

Considerable attention and thought has been given to the actual learning environment during the development of the QEP. It is imperative that GSU’s learning space is conducive for new techniques and strategies designed for optimal student learning. Currently in Brown Hall, where University College is housed, the classrooms and furnishings are dated, while sufficient; prohibit creative exploration. Therefore, to ensure effective implementation of the QEP and its’ impact on student learning and success, the university will renovate this space to provide active learning environments with appropriate technology. Research indicates the active-learning classroom environment can significantly impact student engagement and may improve retention and recruitment rates.

Active Learning Classrooms

Considerable attention and thought has been given to the actual learning environment during the development of the QEP. It is imperative that GSU’s learning space is conducive for new techniques and strategies designed for optimal student learning. Currently in Brown Hall, where University College is housed, the classrooms and furnishings are dated, while sufficient; prohibit creative exploration. Therefore, to ensure effective implementation of the QEP and its’ impact on student learning and success, the university will renovate this space to provide active learning environments with appropriate technology. Research indicates the active-learning classroom environment can significantly impact student engagement and may improve retention and recruitment rates.

 

Communication Facilitation Lab

Students should have the opportunity to perfect oral communication skills throughout their college careers. According to Halpern and Hakel (2000), students must practice these skills over a period of time at regular intervals. Students with repeated opportunities to apply communication skills while obtaining accurate and timely feedback are more likely to retain the skills learned. According to Maugh (2012) joining speaking & writing, by using the similarities between the two served her institution’s need. This concept provided a universalized tutoring approach related to communication, overall. As GSU currently offers writing tutorial assistance via a separate concept, current institutional need supports an oral communication-focused center. To provide undergraduate students the opportunity to enhance oral communication skills throughout their undergraduate studies a Communication Facilitation Lab has been identified for implementation as a part of the QEP Plan. This laboratory will focus solely on oral communication skills. A Communication Facilitation Laboratory (CFL) is a facility that is typically coordinated by a director supported by student communication coaches. The center provides assistance to students who are seeking to improve their communication skills (McCracken 2006). Many of these types of centers also include training resources for faculty (Turner and Sheckels 2015). GSU has identified a space to facilitate the resources and support that will be necessary to impact student learning and success.

The CFL will be designed to offer a variety of services, specifically to enhance oral communication skill building. According to Carpenter and Apostel (2012), Eastern Kentucky’s Noel Studio is a perfect example of what a successful communication center should look like. The center includes an “invention space” with white boards, an open space for students to brainwave, discuss ideas, and lastly yet most importantly practice rooms. This speaks directly to the primary purpose of GSU’s proposed facilitation laboratory. The GSU laboratory space will provide academic support outside the classroom and its’ tagline is “Speak On It!”. The CFL’s physical design will reflect the Active Learning Classroom model, featuring advanced oral communication technology designed for practice.