College-Wide Learning Outcomes

Practice Good Citizenship – RRC Library Resources for Students and Staff

October 14, 2015 • Written by

In this blog post we look at library resources for Good Citizenship.  Part of RRC’s new College-wide learning outcomes. The goal of this learning outcome, is that graduates contribute to their communities with integrity and cultural sensitivity. They are aware of the impact their actions have on the social, economic, and environmental well-being of local and global communities.

The first point to keep in mind is that Citizenship is a principle that expands over many levels for any given individual.  Citizenship can be that of a small group or community, an entire nation or cultural group. More and more Citizenship is becoming a global concept, and the Practice of Good Citizenship expands globally.

The organization Oxfam defines Education for global citizenship as follows: “Education for global citizenship helps enable young people to develop the core competencies which allow them to actively engage with the world, and help to make it a more just and sustainable place.”Oxfam UK

From a Canadian perspective: “Good global citizenship is part of governing in the 21st century. Canada must continue to support multilateral approaches to global problems. The major challenges of our time include poverty, environmental degradation, infectious disease, regional conflicts, organized crime and terrorism.” –This excerpt is from a speech by Jean Chrétien, Prime Minister, Canada, from the Third World Chambers Congress in Québec City,Québec, Canada on September 16, 2003.

For more information on the Practice of Good Citizenship, look to the following resources provided by the Red River College Libraries:

Books

Global citizen : river of love & other essays

GlobalCitizenCover250“Global Citizen came to fruition as a newspaper column in October of 2006. I chose the title because global citizenship is a seductive yet contradictory term. Some prefer the concept because it recognizes the transnational character of our problems. If our problems cross national boundaries, then surely solutions require a mobilization beyond national scope. However this transnational view of the world is problematic for the average citizen. While we know that many economic, social, and environmental issues require collaborative solutions, it remains difficult for thoughtful people to know what to do. Should we look to keep our own doorways swept clean as Goethe suggests, or go across the ocean and get busy on someone else’s doorway? To be a global citizen may sound like good thing but how exactly does one choose to behave? How do you make a difference to people who are uneducated, malnourished, victimized by patriarchy and colonialization, make destitute by desertifcation, without becoming seduced by our own colonizing tendancies? Will our actions make a difference? Or is the concept of individual action just another way in which true power and authority divert us from the truth?” — Author’s introduction.

E-Books

Good Citizenship and Educational Provision

314Jfq5penL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_Citizenship has been taught in school around the world for many years now, and is due to be introduced to the UK curriculum over the next few years. Teachers, Headteachres, administrators and policy makers have the opportunity to develop citizenship education programs for all their students. This book takes a pragmatic approach to the issue, and answers many of the crucial questions that will be emerging: what definitions of citizenship are to be followed, and how is citizenship taught? What approaches will be taken by teachers and what is the likely shape of best practice for citizenship education? How will the issue impact on schools and teacher training, and how should they rise to the challenge? What are the key factors influencing or threatening the development of good citizens? Based on the analysis of data collected form over 700 teachers the book provides real solutions to questions raised by citizenship education, and makes recommendations for practice in schools and in the training and development of teachers. – Publisher

 

The World Is My Classroom : International Learning and Canadian Higher Education

416lUAhOCRL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_International education and learn-abroad programs have received heightened interest in the knowledge economy, and universities are keen to create successful programs for students. The World Is My Classroom presents diverse perspectives on these experiential learning programs and ways of globalizing Canadian classrooms. Examining themes such as global education, global citizenship, and service learning, it sheds light on current debates that are of concern for faculty members, administrators, international partners, and students alike.

The World Is My Classroom is the first book to examine pedagogical questions about the internationalization and globalization of higher education from an explicitly Canadian perspective. It features original reflections from students on their experiences in learn-abroad programs, as well a foreword by Craig and Marc Kielburger, founders of Free the Children and Me to We, on the benefits of international learning experiences. Universities considering developing, enhancing, and refining their learning abroad programs, as well as students considering these programs and experiences, will find this an insightful and useful book. –Google Books

Community Engagement Service Learning

May 25, 2015 • Written by

In this blog post we look at resources for Engaging in the Community. Learning in the community has been part of RRC’s mandate of applied learning for decades, and is now part of the College’s new College-wide learning outcomes. However, up to now, the activities have not have been articulated by a consistent definition and coordinated across programs and schools.

The goal of Community Engagement Service Learning is to provide graduates, with the skills and tools they need to successfully engage in the community, to build positive relationships, broaden learning, enhance their personal and social responsibility for sustainable practices and demonstrate strong intercultural skills.

For more information on Community Engagement Service Learning, look to the AIR Web site.

If you wish to learn more, you may also check out the following eBook resources…

 

ciommand to communityFrom Command to Community: A New Approach to Leadership Education in Colleges and Universities (eBook)

The essays in this volume address the idea of leadership education through civic engagement. They delineate a new approach to leadership education reflecting important cultural trends driven by technology, globalization, and demographic shifts; look at some of the best leadership education programs nationwide; and offer “next steps” on how to transform higher education more broadly. –Google Books

 

community conversationsCommunity Conversations: Mobilizing the Ideas, Skills, and Passion of Community Organizations, Governments, Businesses, and People (eBook) 

Communities around the world are entering a new era of community building. Whether improving economic conditions and reducing poverty, re-energizing citizens and social programs, reducing crime, or revitalizing a troubled neighborhood, they are engaging people from all sectors as never before to work together as equals to improve their quality of life.

At the heart of this engagement are community conversations, in which common goals are embraced by a diverse array of people with different backgrounds and needs, and influencers are drawn from multiple sectors, including community organizations, the various levels of government, and businesses big and small.

Full of informative and inspiring examples of collaboration, “Community Conversations” captures the essence of creating such conversations and offers ten practical techniques to host conversations in your community.

 

community engagementCommunity Engagement, Organization, and Development for Public Health Practice (eBook)

In this practical text, public health students and practitioners will learn the fundamentals of applying community engagement, organization, and development principles to create successful community public health campaigns. Emphasizing nontraditional approaches and partnerships, and the need to readjust traditional strategies, it discusses organization and development methods optimal for public health practice, including public health ethics, faith-based initiatives in community health, community assessment and measurement methods, coalition building, frameworks for developing health policy, and more. This textbook addresses work in at-risk and diverse communities, and stresses the impact of urban change on the community engagement, organization, and development process. It also discusses the methodologies and theoretical frameworks underlying successful community organizing and development. The multidisciplinary public health scholars and practitioners contributing to this work identify the skills required to both analyze the health and health care delivery challenges of underserved communities, and to understand the social, cultural, environmental, and economic determinants of health and illness. The book includes a wealth of practical approaches and case studies drawn from the authors’ real-life experiences in developing successful community health campaigns. PowerPoint slides and case study exercises for each chapter accompany the text for instructor’s use Key Features: .; Disseminates the fundamentals of applying community engagement, organization, and development principles to community public health campaigns; Provides real-life examples of methods and strategies used in engaging, organizing, and empowering community residents … –Google books

 

understanding service learningUnderstanding Service-learning and Community Engagement : Crossing Boundaries Through Research (eBook)

There is an increasing proliferation of service-learning courses in colleges and universities in the U.S. and internationally, and research in the field has seen significant growth in diverse geographic areas in the past decade. Membership organizations now exist to convene scholars and practitioners across the globe. Chapters in this volume are based on presentations given at the 2010 annual conference of the International Association for Research on Service Learning and Community Engagement held in Indianapolis, IN. The conference theme “International Perspectives: Crossing Boundaries through Research” was chosen to highlight ways in which research crosses all kinds of boundaries: disciplinary boundaries, cultural boundaries, and national boundaries. Although service-learning is valued as an active learning strategy across the globe, little is known about the ways that service-learning is similar or different in varied contexts. Understanding service-learning and community engagement from cross-cultural and cross disciplinary perspectives will improve both research and practice. Together, these chapters represent the diversity, complexity, and creativity evident by scholars and practitioners in this field of study. –Google Books

College-Wide Learning Outcomes

January 9, 2015 • Written by
Check out the College-Wide Learning Outcomes display outside the NDC Camus Library.

Check out the College-Wide Learning Outcomes display outside the Notre Dame Campus Library.

Red River College is in the process of renewing the current College-Wide Learning Outcomes (CWLO), which are designed to be incorporated into RRC courses and programs.

We’re proud to announce that last fall we completed a six-part blog series which highlighted hand-selected resources that would be useful in developing these learning outcomes, which are essential skills for success.  Check out each of the rectangles below for a link to each of our previous blog entries.

Career Readiness Communicate Think Critically
Innovate Contribute to the Community Lead

In addition we have now placed many of our College-Wide Learning Outcomes resources in the Library Window Display at the Notre Dame Campus.  You may also view a complete list of all books in our display online.  If you see something you like, just come to the Library and inquire at the Circulation Desk.

Check it out!

 

Lead – College-Wide Learning Outcomes

December 3, 2014 • Written by

Red River College is in the process of renewing the current College-Wide Learning Outcomes (CWLO), which are designed to be incorporated into RRC courses and programs. This six-part blog series highlights hand-selected resources that would be useful in developing these learning outcomes, which are essential skills for success.

This sixth and final edition of our CWLO blog series explores Library resources for staff and students which are associated with “Lead”:

Lead: Red River College graduates are confident and competent role models who inspire and motivate others to achieve success.

Level I. Manage Self
Level II. Support and Lead Others
Level III. Lead in the Community

“Lead” – RRC Library Resources for Students and Staff

destined to leadIn Destined to Lead (2014), Karol M. Wasylyshyn merges her business background and training in clinical psychology to describe not only expected coaching objectives but how coaches can forge ongoing trusted advisor relationships. Anyone interested in the human side of leadership and harnessing leadership behavior as a competitive force will learn something from the tools and coaching techniques revealed through these cases. Executive reflections written by the men and women Wasylyshyn has coached to success further illuminate the powerful relationship leaders can form with the executive coach and trusted advisor.

leadership and the art of struggleLeadership is often a struggle, and yet strong taboos keep us from talking openly and honestly about our difficulties for fear of looking weak and seeming to lack confidence. But Steven Snyder shows that this discussion is vital—adversity is precisely what unlocks our greatest potential. In Leadership and the Art of Struggle (2013), Snyder uses real-life stories drawn from his extensive research studying 151 diverse episodes of leadership struggle—as well as from his experiences working with Bill Gates in the early years of Microsoft and as a CEO and executive coach—Snyder shows how to navigate intense challenges to achieve personal growth and organizational success. He details strategies for embracing struggle and offers a host of unique tools and hands-on practices to help you implement them. By mastering the art of struggle, you’ll be better equipped to meet life’s challenges and focus on what matters most.

Becoming a Trustworthy LeaderIt’s time to discover a new way for individuals to lead organizations and societies. Trust in a variety of institutions, including governmental and business, is at an all-time low. In order to strengthen society from its foundations, we need to rebuild trust. Research shows that leaders are critical to building trust in organizations, and that trust in leadership is significantly related to a number of attitudes, behaviors and performance outcomes. Becoming a Trustworthy Leader (2013), with its emphasis on the critical role of leadership in trust-building as well as the novel perspective on the trust circle of leadership, will be of interest to all students and researchers studying leadership, management and organizational behavior.

Leadership by ChoiceWe are all responsible for our own productivity. To be a strong leader, our challenge is to find creative ways to be productive and speak with influence. In Leadership by Choice (2012), author Eric Papp looks at key strategies for leaders to excel not just through ability and smarts but connecting with others and establishing strong decision-making skills. The best leaders develop a system for reflecting on ideas and hold themselves accountable for their choices. Leadership by Choice provides you with applicable ideas in an entertaining manner with stories and pictures for all the areas in which you lead.

Moral Courage in OrganizationsMoral Courage in Organizations: Doing the Right Thing at Work (2011) underscores for readers the ethical pitfalls they can expect to encounter at work and enhances their ability do what they know is right, despite these organizational pressures. The book highlights the effects of organizational factors on ethical behavior; illustrates exemplary moral courage and lapses of moral courage; explores the skills and information that support those who act with moral courage; and considers how to change organizations to promote moral courage, as well as how to exercise moral courage to change organizations. By giving readers who want to do the right thing guidelines for going about it, Moral Courage in Organizations: Doing the Right Thing at Work is a potent tool to foster ethical organizational behavior.

The Essential DemingFully authorized by the Deming estate and published in cooperation with The W. Edwards Deming Institute, The Essential Deming is the first book to distill Deming’s life’s worth of thinking and writing into a single source. Orsini provides expert commentary throughout, delivering a powerful, practical guide to superior management. With The Essential Deming (2013), you have the rationale, insight, and best practices you need to transform your organization.

Innovate – College-Wide Learning Outcomes

November 20, 2014 • Written by

“Learning and innovation go hand in hand. The arrogance of success is to think that what you did yesterday will be sufficient for tomorrow” — William Pollard, physicist.

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Red River College is in the process of renewing its College-Wide Learning Outcomes (CWLO), which are designed to be incorporated into RRC courses and programs. This six-part blog series highlights hand-selected resources that would be useful in developing these outcomes, which are essential for success. This is the fifth part of the series, which focuses on “innovate.”


Secret Sauce of Success?

The ability to innovate has been described as the “secret sauce” of business success (Source: The Innovator’s DNA). We want RRC grads to be equipped to innovate – to generate, build and transform ideas in their fields.

Below are some resources that give advice on how to be a successful innovator.

Innovate – RRC Library Resources for Students and Staff

BOOK: Ready, set, done: how to innovate when faster is the new fast / Jim Carroll.

READY, SET, DONE : HOW TO INNOVATE WHEN FASTER IS THE NEW FAST

“If you are trying to figure out how to deal with the faster world that surrounds you, then you need this book. Think about it: the high velocity global economy of today drives rapid consumer, business, industrial and marketplace change.” (Source: www.jimcarroll.com)

 

 

 

Breaking out : how to build influence in a world of competing ideas / John Butman.

BREAKING OUT : HOW TO BUILD INFLUENCE IN A WORLD OF COMPETING IDEAS

How do you gain influence for an idea? In “Breaking Out,” idea developer and adviser John Butman shows how the methods of today’s most popular “idea entrepreneurs”….can help you take an idea public and build influence for it.” (Source: Harvard Business Review)

 

 

 

 

Creative thinkering : putting your imagination to work / Michael Michalko.

CREATIVE THINKERING : PUTTING YOUR IMAGINATION TO WORK

Through step-by-step exercises, illustrated strategies, and inspiring real-world examples, this book will show you how to synthesize dissimilar subjects, think paradoxically, and enlist the help of your subconscious mind. Visit the author’s website at creativethinking.net.

 

 

 

Speaking of...creativity / hosted by Stacey Stone ; produced and directed by Joel Asher.

SPEAKING OF…CREATIVITY

In this documentary, nine creatively accomplished people reveal the secrets of their creativity.

Watch the trailer here:
Speaking of Creativity trailer

 

 

 

 

Creative approaches to problem solving : a framework for innovation and change / Scott G. Isaksen, K. Brian Dorval, Donald J. Treffinger.

CREATIVE APPROACHES TO PROBLEM SOLVING : A FRAMEWORK FOR INNOVATION AND CHANGE

A comprehensive text covering the system for problem solving and creativity known as Creative Problem Solving (CPS). This system helps individuals and groups solve problems, manage change, and deliver innovation.

 

 

 

Creative strategy : a guide for innovation / William Duggan.CREATIVE STRATEGY : A GUIDE FOR INNOVATION*

The real difficulty with innovation is not the execution, but coming up with great ideas in the first place. Duggan uses the neuroscience of innovation to describe the brain’s process of analysis to come up with the best new ideas, and to break down the process step by step.

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The College Library has everything to do with College Wide Learning Outcomes

November 13, 2014 • Written by

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The College Library has everything to do with College Wide Learning Outcomes.  Providing a broad coverage of current topics, a comprehensive library collection is critical to informing and updating students and faculty with the latest knowledge in their fields.

Libraries are not mere warehouses for books and other materials.  Through the teaching efforts of Library staff students learn information and digital literacy. These skills may not be taught explicitly in classrooms yet are necessary for students to be able to research and write papers, think independently and critically, and in general, be academically successful. Information competencies benefit students in the long run as they continue on with their future education and careers.

Like many other skills, information literacy must be learned and practiced, even in an age where large student populations own electronic devices, if not more so. On a daily basis, students who come into the Library or visit us online are introduced to a plethora of information resources including electronic books and streamed videos.  They learn how to access the electronic databases to do faceted searches, to narrow down or broaden the focus of their search, and evaluate resources.  And they learn to appreciate that even though Google is a powerful tool it is not the only search engine and it does not always give good results.

By solving technical problems in the computer lab and explaining to students the likely causes and steps to take to troubleshoot, our staff members are often lifesavers to students, teaching them to find the answers and solutions for themselves and giving them the confidence to explore and hence grow their own skills.

Authors: Can Li and John Mark Allen  – Red River College Library, Notre Dame Campus

Communicate – College-Wide Learning Outcomes

November 6, 2014 • Written by

Red River College is in the process of renewing the current College-Wide Learning Outcomes (CWLO), which are designed to be incorporated into RRC courses and programs. This six-part blog series highlights hand-selected resources that would be useful in developing these learning outcomes, which are essential skills for success.

This fourth edition of our CWLO blog series explores Library resources for staff and students which deal with communication. Students will communicate through a variety of formats, to diverse audiences in wide-ranging environments throughout their academic and professional careers.

Communicate – RRC Library Resources for Students and Staff

business commication for successBusiness communication for success (2013) McLean and Moman cover business writing, presentations, interpersonal communication, crisis communication, intercultural/international business communication as well as group dynamics, teamwork and leadership. Delivering the message and understanding your audience are also highlighted.

 

Communicating beyond languageWe interact in increasingly diverse schools, workplaces and social arenas in today’s world. Communicating effectively with diverse groups and individuals is crucial and is the subject of Communicating beyond language : everyday encounters with diversity. (2014) Betsy Rymes writes of the communicative resources we use daily along with our gestures, greetings and even our dress. Contemporary examples from popular culture and mass media are included.

 

Building influence in the workplacePromoting ideas and projects, and communicating persuasively is important in the business world. Building influence in the workplace : how to gain and retain influence at work (2010) introduces influence, power and responsibility in the workplace. Reputation building, moral conflicts and working with challenging colleagues are also covered by the author, Aryanne Oade.

 

Getting to yesGetting to yes : negotiating agreement without giving in (2011) is a classic in the business world. Roger Fisher’s message of ‘principled negotiations’ has influenced generations of educators, businesspeople and students who wish to achieve win-win outcomes in negotiations.

 

In Exploring professional communicationExploring professional communication : language in action (2013) Stephanie Schnurr deals with various genres of professional communication. Issues of gender, leadership and culture are discussed with an applied linguistic focus.

 

 

 

Contribute to the Community – College-Wide Learning Outcomes

October 14, 2014 • Written by

Red River College is in the process of renewing the current College-Wide Learning Outcomes (CWLO), which are designed to be incorporated into RRC courses and programs. This six-part blog series highlights hand-selected resources that would be useful in developing these learning outcomes, which are essential skills for success.

This third edition of our CWLO blog series explores Library resources for staff and students on Contribute to the Community.

Contribute to the Community – RRC Library Resources for Students and Staff

collective visioningCollective visioning [e-book] : how groups can work together for a just and sustainable future
 Linda Stout offers advice and real life examples of including socially marginalized members of a community into the collective vision of an organization. Collective Visioning (2011) features a clear, actionable, step-by-step process to set up and create a welcoming space for activist leaders to collaborate for positive change. Stout details ways in which trainers should reach out to different groups, listen to and understand needs and concerns of the group, create a welcoming space for all voices, foster agreements, ensure the visibility of all members. [e-book]

we make changeWe make change : community organizers talk about what they do– and why
Passionate, committed people, working hard to make change they believe is possible, are profiled in We Make Change (2007).  The world of community organizing is explored by using the voices of men and women who are on the front-lines, trying every day to make a difference in their communities.

 

the transition companionThe transition companion : making your community more resilient in uncertain times
The Transition Companion (2011) draws on over three years’ experience of the worldwide Transition movement and gives a new, easily accessible approach to creating change.  It builds on the success of the bestselling The Transition Handbook and is packed with inspirational stories, photos and illustrations.  The Transition Companion picks up the story three years later, drawing from the experience of one of the most fascinating experiments under way in the world today. It tells inspiring tales of communities working for a future where local economies are valued and nurtured, where lower energy use is seen as a benefit, and where enterprise, creativity and the building of resilience have become cornerstones of a new economy. (Transition Network website)

everyone leadsEveryone leads [ebook] : building leadership from the community up
Where is the leadership we need to solve our most pressing community problems? It’s all around us. Everyone Leads: Building Leadership from the Community Up (2012) will inspire readers to see new leadership possibilities within themselves and their communities. It also offers a set of practices that will help leaders be more effective at bringing diverse people and groups together to solve problems. Many leadership books today focus on how to lead organizations; this book is about how to lead communities. (Everyone Leads website)

progressive community organizingProgressive community organizing : a critical approach for a globalizing world
Progressive Community Organizing (2009) is ideal for both undergraduate and graduate courses focused on community theory and practice, community organizing, community development, and social change and service learning. The second edition presents new case studies, including those of a welfare rights organization and a youth-led LGBTQ organization. There are also new sections on the capabilities approach, queer theory, the Civil Rights movement, and the practices of self-inquiry and non-violent communication. (Google books)

adult civic engagement in adult learningAdult civic engagement in adult learning
Take an in-depth look at adult learning and education for citizenship and civic engagement. Adult Civic Engagement in Adult Learning (2012) presents the foundational connections between the adult education and civic engagement movements. It’s filled with studies on adult learning for participatory or deliberate democratic change and engagement at the local grassroots level. Contributors consider civic engagement in their areas of research and practice and explore the formal and informal ways that citizens come to learn, to deliberate, and to act on the social issues they find important locally and globally. (Publisher’s website)

 

chamge philanthropicChange philanthropy : candid stories of foundations maximizing results through social justice
Social justice philanthropy provides direct services to alleviate suffering and works to transform the systems and institutions that cause that suffering. Written in an engaging, easy-to-read style, Change Philanthropy (2009) offers an insider’s view what works and what doesn’t work when developing grant making strategies in support of social change. (Amazon.com)

everything under the sunEverything under the sun : toward a brighter future on a small blue planet
Everything under the Sun (2012) includes telling facts and stats, the latest scientific findings, and examples of the positive actions people are taking today toward protecting what we have. Underpinning it all is the recognition that Earth gives us everything we require to live, under a sun that provides the energy to produce food, transport, and all of our modern conveniences. (David Suzuki Foundation website)

 

experimental educationExperiential education : making the most of learning outside the classroom
Topics covered in Experiential Education (2010) include forms and issues in experiential learning, community-based learning and research, learning abroad, demystifying experiential learning in the performing arts, work-based learning, and empowering reflective ethical engagement in field settings. (Amazon.com)

Think Critically – College-Wide Learning Outcomes

October 2, 2014 • Written by

College-Wide Learning Outcomes: Essential Skills for Success

Red River College is in the process of renewing the current College-Wide Learning Outcomes (CWLO), which are designed to be incorporated into RRC courses and programs. This six-part blog series highlights hand-selected resources that would be useful in developing these learning outcomes, which are essential skills for success.

According to AAC&U’s 2013 employer survey, 93% of employers agree that a candidate’s “demonstrated capacity to think critically, communicate clearly, and solve complex problems” is more important than their undergraduate major. Likewise, more than three in four employers say they want colleges to place more emphasis on helping students develop critical thinking skills. 

This second edition of our CWLO blog series explores Library resources for staff and students on Critical Thinking.

Critical Thinking – RRC Library Resources for Staff

Teaching for critical thinking

E-BOOK: Teaching for critical thinking: tools and techniques to help students question their assumptions / Stephen D. Brookfield.

 

TEACHING FOR CRITICAL THINKING outlines critical thinking as a “learning process that focuses on uncovering and checking assumptions, exploring alternative perspectives, and taking informed actions as a result. Written to address the broad range of disciplines, this book fosters a shared understanding of critical thinking and helps various constituencies adapt general principles to specific disciplinary contexts.” (Source: MyiLibrary product detail)

 

 

 

Infusing critical thinking into community college education

STREAMING VIDEO: Infusing critical thinking into community college education.

 

INFUSING CRITICAL THINKING INTO COMMUNITY COLLEGE EDUCATION: Faculty development leaders from five community colleges discuss their strategies for making critical thinking central to instruction.

 

Critical thinking - unfinished business

BOOK: Critical thinking: unfinished business / Christine M. McMahon, editor. (Series: New directions for community colleges; 130)

 

“Studies show that, with the exception of a few best-practice examples, critical thinking–both in our highly selective universities and out community colleges–is neither being effectively taught nor even correctly understood. Even many faculty who are teaching it are not succeeding… [CRITICAL THINKING: UNFINISHED BUSINESS] presents blueprints for such plans, methods for assessing critical thinking programs, and best practices from colleges that have begun to implement them.” (Source: Back cover)

Critical Thinking – RRC Library Resources for Students

Critical thinking and problem solving video

STREAMING VIDEO: Critical thinking and problem-solving / produced by Cambridge Educational.

 

CRITICAL THINKING AND PROBLEM-SOLVING: This ten-minute video defines critical thinking and examines it’s role in the process of problem-solving. Part of the series Academic Success: Smart Tips for Serious Students

Also available on DVD.

 

Adult learners companion

BOOK: The adult learner’s companion: a guide for the adult college student / Deborah Davis.

 

ADULT LEARNER’S COMPANION is a concise manual to help the adult college student succeed. Includes tips for college and career success, stress management, time management, study skills, and more. Chapter 6 is devoted to critical thinking and problem-solving.

 

 

 

 

Keys to success

BOOK: Keys to success : building analytical, creative, and practical skills / Carol Carter, Joyce Bishop, Sarah Lyman Kravits.

 

KEYS TO SUCCESS is designed to help students build their intelligence with an integrated focus on critical, creative and practical thinking skills. Appeals to every age and stage of student.

EXPLORE FURTHER:

RRC Student Success Skills: What is critical thinking? 

Career Readiness – College-Wide Learning Outcomes

September 24, 2014 • Written by

Red River College is currently renewing the current College-Wide Learning Outcomes which are designed to be incorporated into RRC courses and programs. (rrc.ca/cwlo/)

The Library can point you in the right direction towards resources that would be suitable for each of the Learning Outcomes. In this edition of our College-wide Learning Outcomes blog we will look at some fantastic resources for instructors who wish to integrate these outcomes into their courses, and for students who need to acquire the competencies required.

The first learning outcome is Career Readiness, one of our fundamental goals at the College – to make sure students are ready to not only begin their careers but to excel in them.

Career Readiness includes academic subject expertise, teamwork skills, adaptability, personal accountability, interpersonal relations, continuous learning, creativity, communication, and intercultural competency among others.

Career Readiness – 7 Resources Available to RRC Staff and Students

10 things1. A broad overview of career readiness can be found in 10 Things Employers want you to Learn in College : the know-how you need to succeed by Bill Coplin. The author lists 10 skill sets that students need to excel in the world of work which are:

  • Taking responsibility
  • Developing physical skills
  • Communicating verbally
  • Communicating in writing
  • Working directly with people
  • Influencing people
  • Gathering information
  • Using quantitative tools
  • Asking and answering the right questions
  • Solving problems

This skill set, argues the author, is what every graduating students needs to succeed and progress in the world of work. A degree and a high GPA might get students an interview, but these competencies will get the job.

business communications for success2. Communication skills are also crucial to a successful career and are covered in Business Communication for Success by Scott McLean and Murray Moman. McLean and Moman’s text covers understanding your audience, effective writing, giving presentations, crisis communication, teamwork, leadership and more.

 

professionalism3. Professionalism: real skills for workplace success by Lydia E. Anderson, Sandra B. Bolt touches on many aspects of career readiness such as attitude, time management, ethics, etiquette, accountability, conflict management and customer service.

 

creating effective teams4. Collaboration, teamwork, supervision, organization and leadership skills are essential to a well-functioning workplace. Creating Effective Teams : a guide for members and leaders by Susan A. Wheelan is a practical guide for building and sustaining top-performing teams, describing why teams are important, how they function, and what makes them productive. The text is suitable for team members as well as supervisors.

 

the cultural difference5. Career readiness also includes intercultural competence. Valuing, understanding and respecting differences between cultures is crucial in today’s workplace. The Cultural Intelligence Difference by David Livermore is designed to help students reach this goal. It covers cultural intelligence (CQ) which is required to thrive in our multicultural workplaces and globalized world. The power of CQ helps manage multicultural teams and serve a diverse customer base both locally and internationally.

 

working in the global economy6. With today’s technology and social networking, the world of work is wide open to our students. Working in the global economy [e-book] : how to develop and manage your career across borders by Roblyn Simeon shows how professionals can market themselves in the global business world, not just locally. This resource provides professionals with tools to evaluate domestic and international career markets and presents strategies to package and market skills and competencies at home and abroad. Readers will learn how to research national markets, spot new career opportunities, locate regions and companies where opportunities flourish, network, find training programs and more.

 

building the learning organization7. The ability and desire to be a lifelong learner is another hallmark of career readiness. Building the learning organization : achieving strategic advantage through a commitment to learning by Michael J. Marquardt is a toolkit for transforming an organization into one that learns from its experiences and transfers that knowledge into peak performance. Action learning is brought into the hands of managers who want to build, maintain and sustain learning organizations.