April 17, 2014
by Greg Walker

Virtual teams are critical for building lifelong learners.

Change is accelerating. Period.  To help learners succeed and thrive with change,  teach them how to be life long learners.   Edward Volchok argues  that  virtual teams are critical for building a successful course that nurtures lifelong learners. According to Volchok,

Online instructors need to exercise a special kind of leadership to foster team learning and the other disciplines. This kind of inspiring leadership is akin to the leadership demanded in a learning organization: the leader must be a designer, steward, and teacher.

    • Teacher as Designer. Good course design is crucial, and yet good designers are under-valued. The “teacher as designer” is barely visible because this work is done before students enter the classroom. With good design, problems are not solved; they are dissolved, as they are less likely to happen. The best designers are invisible. The goal is to fashion a course that places students in the center of the action so that they can move their projects forward. Designing team projects takes time and effort. These projects must present students with challenging problems. The teacher must frame the problem and provide data to solve these cases. If the project is to reflect reality, the data should be incomplete, inconsistent, and redundant. A well-structured project will require students to wade through data to arrive at their own conclusions. Good course design allows students to take ownership of the course. This empowerment of students by the instructor is the hallmark of a great leader.
    • Teacher as Steward. A teacher, like the leader in a learning organization, must also become the steward of the vision of where we have been and where we are going, which can be based on one’s own personal vision or “purpose story.” This purpose story is both personal and universal. The teacher should expose his or her personal vision and experiences as a practitioner to the class. In doing so, this story can inspire as it relates the course to students’ personal vision.
    • Teacher as Teacher. This role is about fostering learning. It is not about telling people how to achieve their vision or imposing solutions. Teaching in the classroom, like leading in a learning organization, helps people develop a deeper understanding, a “systemic understanding” in Senge’s words. The best way to inspire students—to strengthen their joy of learning—is not by “telling,” but by showing them how to master the curriculum and become an active learner in a community of active learners.
    • The virtual classroom needs to become a microcosm of the learning organization, not because it needs sustainability, but because it is a training ground for lifelong learners who will be able to fashion the futures they desire. Require students to learn by doing rather than by reading, writing, listening, and studying in solitude, and the virtual classroom will become the learning organization.

Virtual teams  making the online classroom a learning organization

April 17, 2014
by Greg Walker

Compassion Relays: Sign-up now to “Carry the Torch”!

The Leeward CC Compassion  Relays Site

Compassion Relays

Join us in the Compassion Relays to connect the world with compassion.  Leeward faculty, lecturers, staff and students are invited to  pass the Compassion Torch, to spread the light of compassion, and inspire and share the power of compassionate action in everyday life.   Sign-up to carry the torch for one week, now through September 7th,  and bring compassion to life through caring for others, caring for self, and caring for the Earth.

Click on this link to join the global Compassion Relays!

Anytime, anywhere, anyone can accept, carry, and pass on the Relays torch.


April 14, 2014
by Greg Walker

Assessment Made Easy with Tk20

Wednesday, April 16 at 1:30pm to 3:00pm LC102

Learn the basics in assessment practices and work towards formulating an assessment plan for your course, unit, or program.  This session includes hands-on training in Tk20, the college’s assessment data management software.

Presented by:

  1. Della Anderson, Dir. Planning, Policy & Assessment
  2. Alicia Brown, Policy Analyst
  3. Jan Shimabukuro-Lee, Campus Assessment Coord.

Tk20 Quick Guide for Course Assessment

Tk20 is an on-line software system which serves as a central location for documenting assessment activities and generating reports. Course, program, support area and institutional level assessments are entered directly into Tk20, and reports can then be generated to track student success and discover needed improvements at the College. Call the Office of Planning, Policy, and Assessment (OPPA) at ext. 495 with any questions about Tk20, or reference this online tutorial for course data entry http://tinyurl.com/kw9owpm

Go to: https://leeward.tk20.com, or find the link on the OPPA page within Leeward CC’s Intranet. Use your UH username and password to login. You may have to log in twice as you authenticate into the UH System. If you have a pull-down menu under your name upon logging in, make sure it is set to Planner, and press Select.


How do I find a course and enter assessment data?

  1. Go to the Planning tab on the top.
  2. Then, go to Assessment Planning in the left menu.
  3. Select Course Data Entry.
  4. Then, Search for the course with the alpha and number under Course Number. You can also just put
  5. in an alpha and see all of those courses listed.
  6. Select the course by clicking directly on the blue course alpha and number. Next, select the Assessment Period from the pull-down menu. Finally, select the outcome that you are assessing.
  7. The assessment forms have 4 sections entitled: Measures, Results, Recommendations, and Actions. You can open a section by clicking on the arrow to the left of its title. The form will open and you canbegin entering assessment data. You can close a section by clicking on the arrow again. Remember to SAVE as you go. Only SUBMIT when you are completely FINISHED with the assessment.If you submit prematurely, call OPPA (ext. 495) and we’ll recall the submission for you.

Troubleshooting and FAQs

  1. You may be new to Leeward CC or a lecturer. Call OPPA (ext. 495), and we’ll create a user account for you.
  2. What if I can’t find my course?
  3. It may be a new course or a course that hasn’t been offered in many years. Courses are uploaded into Tk20 every semester from Banner. You can wait for the next Banner upload or call OPPA.
  4. What if my course has the wrong/old course learning outcomes (CLOs); or what if there are no learning The course may have recently gone through a curriculum modification or it may be new. Call OPPA and we’ll update the outcomes according to their approved effective date.
  5. What if I don’t have the ‘Course data entry’ tab, or another tab that is referenced above? You may not have the correct viewing privileges in Tk20. Call OPPA and we’ll give you the correct privilege.

April 10, 2014
by Greg Walker

This week @ the Compassion Relays : Rachael Inake

This week don’t miss  Rachael Inake, and her compassionate posts, @ the Compassion Relays. What are you waiting for? Be brave. Join the relays and take the torch!

Compassion Relays

Sign-up now to pass the Compassion Torch, to spread the light of compassion, and inspire and share the power of compassionate action in everyday life.   Sign-up to carry the torch for one week, now through September 7th, and bring compassion to life through caring for others, caring for self, and caring for the Earth.

 Click on this link to join the global Compassion Relays!