Intentional RA Programming in the Residence Hall

My Topic/Purpose

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The topic I have chosen is residence hall programming. This 5-week mini-course to be conducted at the beginning of each semester is a blended,or hybrid learning classroom where much of the content will be done through communication and research online, but has a face-to-face component as well. Participants should refer to the unit instructions daily to prepare for our weekly face to face portion of the class and refer to the classroom environment here for announcements, resources, and discussion, as necessary. Programming is a huge part of the goal to make all students living on campus feel safe and comfortable. Programming is an opportunity to educate students not only regarding campus living, but becoming successful people of society. While we have many important components to programming, this course is intended to help train Resident Assistant's research, plan, and implement successful programs within the parameters given.

Needs Assessment

Instructional Problem

Educational programming in the residence halls is crucial to promoting a safe and comfortable environment to those choosing to live on campus. Resident assistants are required to plan, implement, and self-evaluate a set number of programs using specific "life areas". They must use creative programming to draw residents in and educate them in a meaningful way.

Performance Objectives

Course-level objectives

MSC Reslife Logo.jpgRAs will learn how to plan and implement effective, educational programming once a month throughout the semester.

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MSC Reslife Logo.jpgRAs will learn how to plan and implement effective, community building social programs once a month throughout the semester.

MSC Reslife Logo.jpgRAs will learn how to fully and accurately complete the following paperwork to be turned in for credit to each program:

    -detailed program proposal, with advertisement and any specific materials being utilized/need to be purchased (due before program--draft and final copy; saved to RA forms drive on office computer and e-mail RD Broedel to alert her)
    - sign-in sheet (after program)
    - program evaluation (after program)

Course Units

Unit 1--Purpose, Research/Topic, & Present

Objectives

· RAs will learn how to research the various Life Areas of the programming model to find and analyze statistics of college students and display their results in a creative way.

· RAs will learn how to demonstrate an understanding of presenting their researched information by sharing their work with the staff in the weekly staff meeting.

Unit 2--Program Proposal and the importance of Advertising

Objectives

· Using the provided Program Proposal form, RAs will learn how to choose a topic, research, and plan a program based on their chosen Life Area.

· RAs will learn how to produce a creative and eye-catching form of advertisement to entice an audience.

· RAs will learn how to present their topic and program proposal to the staff at the weekly staff meeting.

Unit 3--Peer Review, Update, & Socials

Objectives

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· Using their fellow RAs comments and suggestions, RAs will update their Program Proposal form and/or form of advertisement.

· RAs will learn how to research community living and create a short presentation on the importance of building community in a residence hall.

· RAs will learn how to present their research on community living in the weekly staff meeting.

Unit 4--Put it into Play!

Objectives

· RAs will learn how to implement their program in the hall this week.

· Using the provided Program Proposal form, RAs will learn how to complete the Evaluation section.

Unit 5--Plan, Plan, Plan

Objectives

· RAs will learn how to complete program proposals for the remainder of the semester to include one educational program (Life Area component) and 1 social (community builder) for each month. (Aug 15-Sept 15, Sept 15-Oct 15, Oct 15-Nov 15, Nov 15-Dec 15)

· RAs will learn how to submit these to the RD for approval and make adjustments, as necessary.