The Building Sustainable LTS Efforts workshops are an exciting opportunity to learn about Learning Through Service (LTS) pedagogy from experienced practitioners, to meet others with the same mission, and to take practical, constructive steps in developing or refining your own LTS project. The goal of these workshops will be to send attendees back to their home institutions equipped to put their vision of LTS into practice.
Before you begin this application to attend a workshop, you should know a few things about the workshops and the process.
What is Learning Through Service (LTS)?
Learning Through Service is an umbrella term for pedagogy that puts students, faculty, and community leaders in collaboration around a community’s needs. It may be curricular or extra-curricular, domestic or international, and may be structured in a variety of ways, but centers on authentic education and broad skill development for students as well as true collaboration with a community.
Who will be running these workshops?
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What will take place at the workshops?
The workshops will be highly interactive and practical in nature. We will review the most current research on the topic as it relates to the design, management and assessment of LTS.
Participants can expect to leave the workshop with:
- an understanding of the essential principles of learning through service and how it serves as the umbrella for numerous types of service
- enough knowledge, confidence, and competence to begin or expand this at their institution
- a plan (that includes design, management and assessment strategies) that makes sense for the participant, based on their interests and institution.
- a community of practice within the group and a way to connect the group to the larger community of practice. Annie – I don’t think I understand this sentence
Who is funding this project?
The workshops are part of the Engineering Faculty Engagement in Learning Through Service (EFELTS) project funded by the NSF. As the second phase of the project, the PI’s have developed a workshop to support those interested in designing, managing and assessing LTS initiatives in schools of engineering. The PI’s for the grant are:
Chris Swan, a professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Tufts University.
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When and where are the workshops?
You will be able to state a preference in the application for one of three workshops:
- Boston, MA University of Massachusetts, Lowell on June 21 and 22, 2012
- Boulder, CO University of Colorado, Boulder on September 13 and 14, 2012
- Houghton, MI Michigan Tech on August 2 and 3, 2012
How much will it cost?
If you application is accepted, your travel expenses will be reimbursed. This includes transportation to and from airports, air travel, lodging, and meals. There will be no stipend.
What will I need to apply?
Because the goal of the workshops is to prepare attendees to successfully implement their vision of LTS at their home institution, the level of support they have from colleagues and administrators after the workshop is an important concern.
To promote support from colleagues after the workshop, groups of two or more applicants from the same institution will be preferred. If you know a colleague who might be interested, encourage them to apply as well!
To promote support from your administration after the workshop, a letter of support from your department chair will be required. You may download a sample letter here.
You will also be asked to present a poster on the project that results from your efforts in and after the workshop at the 2014 ASEE conference.
What support will I receive after the workshop?
We hope that through the workshop you will develop connections with your peers that will continue as you implement your ideas.
We will, in cases where it is possible, connect you to others in the field who have done similar work to your project.
In addition, we will host a reception during the ASEE 2013 conference for participants and the larger group of LTS practitioners.
What’s the deadline for the application?
All completed applications are due by Friday, March 16, 2012. No applications will be accepted after that time.
We will try to balance the three workshops in terms of participants’ levels of experience and types of projects, and make every effort to give you your first choice for location. We will notify you as soon as possible if your proposal is accepted, and what location has been determined.
You will be redirected to survey monkey for the first part of the application. Then you will be redirected to this site to upload your letter of support–see the tab “Letter of Support” above.