The Plan

The Teaching and Learning Advisory Council has accepted the task of facilitating the process. Our meetings are open and representative, and the next meeting is October 21, 2 – 4 pm, Abbotsford, C1429. Randy Kelley is the Chair of TLAC. Wendy Burton, Director, Teaching and Learning, is facilitating the process of identifying Institutional Learning Outcomes for UFV.

We maintain a blog on with a button on the front page, and this blog will contain the most recent suggestions. There will be opportunities to comment, and the list of learning outcomes will develop over the next seven months. The blog is now live, with the graphic designed by Marketing and Communications, at .

We are providing a dynamic page of links to examples of institutional learning outcomes. Any examples you would like to share with your colleagues please send to Scott Varga (

From Here:

  1. Academic Planning and Priorities Committee at the November 16 meeting will provide direction on how the ILO as a document gets through Senate and BOG.
  2. Student Leadership conference, October 15, had a session on Institutional Learning Outcomes facilitated by Scott Varga. The results are posted on the blog, including photographs.
  3. Each division will decide how to tackle the task of institutional learning outcomes. Wendy Burton is available to come to faculty department heads meetings to discuss this initiative.  We hope to have suggestions from each division by the beginning of December.
    1. Met with Student Services in September and returning for a session to develop learning outcomes November 22
    2. Meet with the Theatre Department in October
    3. Meeting scheduled at TTC, November 2, 2pm
  4. Eric has met with Student Union Society, and we are planning to work with the society to host an event that will provide ILO from their point of view. Date to be arranged.
  5. Eric Davis met with the BOG on October 13 to discuss the Institutional Learning Outcomes project.
  6. Met with Ian McAskill and Elizabeth Dennis to discuss how the emerging project “Student Engagement and Success” fits with the ILO project.
    1. This connection will be discussed more fully at the Provost Council on Student Success, October 31.
  7. We have informed Aboriginal Community Council of our project, and we have two invitations, to visit Squiala and Cheam. We hope to have a longer agenda slot at the November ACC.
  8. We plan to meet with staff, in whatever forum works for distinct areas, to discuss in more detail how ILO includes everyone, and to collect suggestions for how staff can participate fully in this project.  Date to be arranged
  9. Scott Varga is created a tv ad for the ILO initiative, for our UFV television but also for external distribution, in consultation with Marketing and Communication. We are investigating a modified ad for the local newspapers, where – apparently – we can put ads in for “free.”
  10. We are hosting a demonstration charrette[i] for faculty and staff on November 28, 2011, an all-day event at Reach Gallery, with lunch and entrance to the Gallery included.  Invitations will be sent beginning October 24.
  11. Beginning in October, Wendy Burton and Scott Varga will be “on the road” to visit community and business leaders in Chilliwack, Hope, Agassiz, Mission, and Abbotsford (see attached).
  12. A presentation to the Alumni Board is being planned. Tony Luck, currently President of our Alumni Association was not aware of the project until recently, and he conveyed to Ian McAskill his thought that ILO initiative is a great topic to engage the Alumni Board.
  13. We are planning a charrette for students, parents/guardians, and community members in late January.
  14. We anticipate having a long-list of our Institutional Learning Outcomes by the end of February, 2012.
  15. Our institution-wide professional development event of May 1, 2012 will conclude with the “reveal” of our Institutional Learning Outcomes.

[i] From Wikipedia: “… charrette may refer to any collaborative session in which a group of designers drafts a solution to a design problem. While the structure of a charrette varies, depending on the design problem and the individuals in the group, charrettes often take place in multiple sessions in which the group divides into sub-groups. Each sub-group then presents its work to the full group as material for future dialogue . Such charrettes serve as a way of quickly generating a design solution while integrating the aptitudes and interests of a diverse group of people.”

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