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Student Transformative Learning Record (STLR)

College students learn through a variety of venues during their college careers. This includes mastering content in coursework for their major, but they also learn from so many other experiences. They might learn how to work well in teams with people whose opinions differ from their own; develop leadership skills as president of a student organization; gain in their ability to interact positively and appropriately with co-workers, customers, and others from different countries and cultures in their classes; find out how to contribute as productive citizens to their local communities, the nation, and the world through volunteering; and might practice solving unscripted problems and devise creative solutions while doing independent research.

Important skills and knowledge such as these are not documented on the academic transcript, but a university graduate should be able to demonstrate them.

The University of Central Oklahoma's (UCO's) Transformative Learning approach utilizes a unique tool and process to ensure that our graduates possess these important employability, communication, and citizenship skills. The tool is the Student Transformative Learning Record (STLR).  Faculty and professional staff intentionally create learning activities and environments designed to expand students' perspectives about themselves and others so that they understand the benefit of developing important life skills while they are in college and afterwards as life-long learners.

To help our students realize the value of learning these important skills, we must provide many opportunities for them to practice and then reflect upon the importance of these skills to their success in life and work. We do this via a structure we call the Central Six Tenets of Transformative Learning and a process in which students attend, perform, reflect, and are assessed at different levels of transformation, as shown below. They can then expand on this snapshot by storing artifacts in different versions of eportfolios that they can share with potential employers, graduate schools, or others.

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