Residential Curriculum Institute
Sunday, 15 October, 2017 (All day) to Wednesday, 18 October, 2017 (All day)
Norman, Oklahoma, USA

Sponsored by ACPA Commissions for Housing & Residential Life and Assessment & Evaluation

2017 RCI Campus Host: University of Oklahoma Conference Overview

The 11th annual Residential Curriculum Institute (RCI) co-sponsored by ACPA’s Commission for Housing & Residential Life and Assessment & Evaluation will challenge you to rethink the practices and grounding philosophies of your residential experience.

A residential curriculum provides an alternate approach to traditional programming models that focuses on student learning outside of the classroom. A curricular model utilizes clear learning outcomes and multiple strategies to engage learners in sequenced learning that is rooted in theory, and incorporates stakeholders across campus. A residential curriculum utilizes learning goals, learning outcomes, educational strategies, and effective assessment techniques.

Traditional Programming Model vs. Curricular Model

Some differences between a traditional programming model and curricular model are:

Traditional Programming Approach             Curricular Approach

 

General topical requirements for students  

    Clearly defined goals and strategy for student     learning

Reactionary

    Professionals assess and implement plans

Group-focused experiences

    Emphasis on individual learning

Delivery relies on standalone sessions  

    Multiple strategies employed for intentional     interactions

*Adapted from ACPA RCI Plenary presentation

Through participation in ACPA RCI, you will have the opportunity to

  • view the curricular alternative to traditional programming models through showcases of multiple institutions
  • discover connections between the residential communities on your campus and your institution’s educational mission;
  • practice developing assessable learning outcomes and creation of educational resources
  • examine the impact this shift in thinking and practice has on you, your department, and students.

Sessions offered have been designed both for institutions new to the residential curriculum approach and for those with more advanced experience. Whether it is your first RCI or your seventh, you will leave inspired with new insights, new collegial connections, and new energy. We have representatives from all sizes and types of institutions who have benefited from the RCI Experience. Come and learn with us!

Demographics of institute participants (based institute evaluation data):

Team Attendance

     Years Attending RCI

Attended without a team 10.417%

      First time attendee       76.27%

Attended with two to five colleagues 67.79%

      Returning attendee       23.73%

Attended with more than six colleagues 22.03%

 

Why Send a Team?

Consistently, some of the best feedback we receive from participants is from those who attended as members of an institutional team. While individual attendance is perfectly fine, if you can bring a team, we encourage it! Time is built into the schedule to reflect, brainstorm, and begin writing a residential curriculum.

Schedule

Sunday, 15 October

 

3 – 5pm

Registration

5 – 6:00pm

Institute Welcome Reception

Monday, 16 October

 

7:30 – 8:30 am

Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:30 – 9 am

Welcome

9 – 10 am

Plenary

10 – 10:15 am

Q & A with Plenary

10:15 – 10:30 am

Break/Transition time

10:30 – Noon

Showcase by Host School

Noon – 1 pm

Lunch

1:15 – 2:15 pm

Session 1

2:15 – 2:30 pm

Break/Transition time

2:30 – 4 pm

Archological Dig

4:15 – 5 pm

Poster Presentations, Resource Fair

6 pm

Institute Reception at University of Oklahoma

Tuesday, 17 October

 

7:30 – 8:30am

Breakfast

8:30 – 10 am

Session #2:

10 – 10:15 am

Break/Transition time

10:15 – 11:45 am

Program 3

11:45 – 12:45 pm

Institute Lunch (included with registration)

12:45 – 1:45 pm

Keynote

1:45 – 2 pm

Q & A with Keynote

2:15 – 3:15 pm

Showcase 2

3:15 – 3:30 pm

Break/Transition time

3:30 – 4:30 pm

Showcase 3

4:30 – 5:30 pm

Faculty consultation

6 pm

Night on the town

Wednesday, 18 October

 

7 – 8 am

Breakfast

8 – 9 am

Session 4

9:15 – 10:15 am

Session 5

10:30 – 11:30 am

Keynote

11:30 am – Noon

Closure Experience

12 – 1 pm

Lunch

For travel purposes, the Institute begins early morning on, Monday, October 16, 2017 and ends after lunch on Wednesday, October 18, 2017. There is an optional social Sunday, October 15. We suggest that attendees arrive on Sunday and book flights that depart after 3pm on Wednesday, October 18.