The Use of Differentiation to Enhance Learning Outcomes for Traditional and ELL Students

Community college students have various learning levels, styles, and needs. Writing an essay is one way to assess learning. The learning objectives of this workshop are to understand the importance of differentiation and how to provide options for student assessments beyond a basic essay. The facilitator will demonstrate how to change an assessment of a basic essay to various methods per Gardner’s Multiple Intelligence theory. Differentiation will also include methods to support English Language learners (ELL). This will help increase ELL student success levels while maintaining academic rigor. Online and in-person methodologies will be compared and contrasted. Each participant will evaluate an assignment of their choice and transform it to support differentiation. The participant will leave understanding how differentiating for various learning styles enhances and increases student learning outcomes for traditional and ELL populations.

University of Hawai'i
Melissa A. Holmberg
Presentation Date: 
Friday, March 4, 2016
Event or Conference: 
Hawai'i Strategy Institute Conference
Presentation Type: 
Workshop
Boyer's Domain: 
Presentation Location: 
University of Hawaii- Kapiolani Community College
4303 Diamond Head Rd
Honolulu, HI 96816
United States
Abstract: 
Community college students have various learning levels, styles, and needs. Writing an essay is one way to assess learning. The learning objectives of this workshop are to understand the importance of differentiation and how to provide options for student assessments beyond a basic essay. The facilitator will demonstrate how to change an assessment of a basic essay to various methods per Gardner’s Multiple Intelligence theory. Differentiation will also include methods to support English Language learners (ELL). This will help increase ELL student success levels while maintaining academic rigor. Online and in-person methodologies will be compared and contrasted. Each participant will evaluate an assignment of their choice and transform it to support differentiation. The participant will leave understanding how differentiating for various learning styles enhances and increases student learning outcomes for traditional and ELL populations.