One of the key features of ACPA’s Institute on the Curricular Approach (formerly the Residential Curriculum Institute) is the “Showcase” sessions. Showcases are presentations from individual schools that have adopted the curricular approach. Functioning similar to case studies, these showcases dive into one institution’s work with the model and the challenges and successes they’ve had along the way. Sometimes these showcases can be about an institution or department’s entire journey and sometimes they focus in on one or two aspects of it.
The Residential Curriculum Institute outlines 10 “Essential Elements” that make up a curriculum and yet little to no research has been conducted specifically on these Elements. While that is not to say that the Elements are unsupported by research, they borrow from proven concepts and sound principles of instructional design, but there is currently no body of research that supports why an Element should be a part of a residential curriculum specifically or why these elements are all “essential.” This begs the question, are there additional Elements that should be included? If additional elements are to be… Read More
It’s time to move beyond the clichés and towards student learning centered work in our residence halls. The residential curriculum model offers promise for conceptualizing some of our tired old practices. It’s time for a curricular reboot!
I’m excited to share that I will be one of the keynote speakers at the 2014 ACPA Residential Curriculum Institute alongside Karen Inkleas (of leaving learning program research fame) and Patty Perrillo (ACPA Past President). As one of the premier and most popular Institutes ACPA offers, the Residential Curriculum Institute (RCI) provides participants a step-by-step process for utilizing this innovative learning-centered approach to creating educational environments in college residence halls (and in student affairs divisions in general). I have served on the faculty of the Institute for two years now and was also a… Read More
In informal discourse the term “residential curriculum” is used to describe an intentional way of promoting learning opportunities for students in college and university residence life and education programs. A residential curriculum, however, is a very specific approach to structuring these learning opportunities. It borrows from the techniques used in the classroom (learning objectives, methods, etc.) and applies them to out-of-class contexts to provide more intentional learning opportunities for students. First implemented at the University of Delaware in the early 2000s, the Model was detailed in a 2006 article, “Beyond seat time and student… Read More