Student Retention and Learning Styles: Introduction to Counseling Course and Makerspace Counseling Sign Project

Submitted by Catherine Cochran on
What is the Purpose of the Assessment?

Introduction to Counseling, CAP120 Hybrid met in-person on Tuesdays, and are online for the duration of the week.  The goal was to improve course semester retention with a Makerspace project. The Counseling Sign Project through Makerspace allowed student's learning styles to create a project with knowledge of a course competency.  

Describe the necessity for this assessment

The hybrid course model allows flexibility with one class being in-person.  The goal was to retain students in the course, while the students connected to the campus resource (Makerspace) to create a tangible product that met the course competency:  Describe the skills and competencies needed as a mental health practitioner using psychological principles and theories(I-VII).  The "Counseling Sign Project" demonstrated counselor and client self-care strategies.  

Describe how the practice will be implemented

This Fall 2023, CAP120 Hybrid, Introduction to Counseling course, partnered with  Makerspace to create counseling sign projects.  This was the inaugural Makerspace project for CAP120 Hybrid.  

The project was designed to give CAP120 students the ability to create an inspirational sign (in modality of choice) to inspire others. The “Counseling Sign” project began as a desk sign.  CAP120 students helped expand the multi-modality model, by asking to create other sign options, such as clothing and posters.   

In September 2023, CAP 120 students took a tour of Makerspace to learn about the different equipment.  Until late November 2023, CAP 120 students worked on their projects during reserved class time and personal time at Makerspace.  CAP120 students brought their “counseling signs” to class and presented on their finished projects. CAP120 students have their counseling signs as they aspire towards their counseling professions to use in their offices and workplaces. 

CAP120 students were able to experience the creation of tangible products that inspire self-care.  This fall semester, CAP 120 students learned the importance of self-care within the counseling profession and as college students. 

Interpret, compare, and describe the results

CAP120 started with 32 students enrolled and attending in-person.  The goal was to retain students in the course. By the end of the semester, 26 students had completed their Makerspace Counseling Sign Projects. Twenty-nine students attended the in-person course and submitted assignments on regular basis. 

After analyzing, and reflecting on the outcome, what are the next steps?

After the great experience this semester, CAP120 Hybrid will continue to offer the Makerspace Counseling Sign Project.  Students were able to demonstrate their knowledge of counselor and client self-care strategies, engage with a campus resource, and apply different learning styles into their projects.  

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CAP120 33392
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