[Webinar Recap] Planning Events with the End in Mind: Setting the Purpose and Outcomes

[Webinar Recap] Planning Events with the End in Mind: Setting the Purpose and Outcomes

Tyler L McClain

Assistant Director, Office of Research & Strategic Initiatives, Campus Labs

Dustin Evatt, Assistant Director in the Center for Student Involvement and Leadership at Appalachian State University presented our most recent webinar. In his position, Dustin advises the 350+ registered student organizations and provides leadership and educational programs to enhance organizational success and student engagement. In addition, Dustin coordinates several leadership development programs including the INTERSECT Social Justice Retreat and Campus Sustained Dialogue Program. His professional interests focus around leadership development, social justice, spirituality, and change. Dustin is currently pursuing his Doctoral Degree in Educational Leadership at App State. Before joining CSIL, Dustin worked in University Advancement at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, VA. He received his bachelor's degree in Integrated Marketing Communication from Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC and his master's degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs from the University of Vermont.

Dustin opened his presentation with a few big questions:

  • How do we offer quality programs while juggling multiple demands?
  • How do we effectively situate our programs in the lived experience of our students?
  • How do we create space for students to help ground their learning in their own interests and passions?

While audience members reflected, he shared the one GOAL that Higher Educational professionals should have for every program that they execute.

Develop intentional and purposeful programs that assist students in developing new knowledge and/or skills.

Next in his presentation he focused on four areas where outcomes originate. He asked audience members where their outcomes come from? Below you can see the four areas and how audience members responded.

  1. Mission-Driven 44%
  2. Leadership Theory or Model 13%
  3. Needs-Based 38%
  4. “It’s how we’ve always done it.” 6%

Dustin shared how outcomes at Appalachian State University come from institutional core values and are supported through the use of Student Leadership Competencies by Dr. Corey Seemiller. He also shared various other leadership theories and models where outcomes might be derived from as well as how needs based outcomes arise from such things as campus climate or current events.

He next introduced the audience to the idea of using backward design by Wiggins, G. P., & McTighe, J. (2005).

STEP 1: Identify Desired Results
STEP 2: Determine Acceptable Evidence
STEP 3: Plan Learning Experiences and Instruction

The idea of using backward design to establish our learning outcomes and assess student learning was a main focus in his presentation. He walked the audience through each step sharing various resources that they could utilize to help navigate the backwards design process. Dustin then shared two charts on how to map learning outcomes and discussed how he uses them in his work.

He concluded his presentation by encouraging the audience to assess current programs learning outcomes and framework, use backward design to write clear and explicit learning outcomes, and to create a roadmap using the program mapping grid.

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Tyler L McClain

Assistant Director, Office of Research & Strategic Initiatives, Campus Labs

Dallas, TX