What Makes a Good Story?

We want to know about the “process” of learning. Usually this involves a series of steps: asking a question or having a problem…planning an action to answer the question or solve the problem…implementing the action…evaluating the result…and finally deciding what to do next based on all that’s gone before. Then we want to hear about your path through these steps.

Some examples may help:

  • A student research poster describes an experiment and its results, along with a description of how the research contributed to the student’s learning, and why the study was interesting for the discipline itself.
  • A poster from an academic department describes the decision process that led to adding a new prerequisite to the curriculum, and proposes a plan to gather data to assess the value of the change over time.
  • Student Affairs presents a poster about why “community” is an important concept for student learning and proposes a plan to gather data about community in Cal Poly Pomona’s residence life activities.
  • A faculty member might present a “scholarship of teaching” poster about why a particular teaching strategy addresses learning in his or her discipline, and include data from his or her classes about the success (or failure!) of the strategy.
  • A student group might have a presentation about how a particular activity, such as community service or a social gathering, became more than just an activity because students learned something about themselves or the world around them through the activity.

What all these examples have in common is a focus on the learning process.

Click on these years to see some examples from previous Stories of Successful Learning events.

If you want to talk about your idea with someone, please send a question to us.