The Acronym “O.L.E.” stands for “Opportunities for Learning and Engagement”. O.L.E. programming represents a cultural shift within the planning and development of programming within our residential communities with the purpose of transitioning residence life staff from the role of activities planner to that of mentor and educator. The ultimate goals of this switch are: (a) engaging as many of our students in the campus community as possible and (b) helping them to take ownership for their experience, growth and development.
To that end, we have identified a multi-faceted approach to programming within our residential communities, consisting of 3 methods by which we hope to engage students: Reflective Engagement, Series Programming, and Individual Programming.
Method 1: Reflective Engagement
Reflective engagement represents the first of the three legs that make up our new programming model. Reflective engagement takes our already community-minded focus and mixes it with some Student Development Theory, basic Strengths principles, and a renewed focus on relationships and allows Peer Advisors to make their interactions more intentional and, therefore, more meaningful to the student. This element of the model is specifically tailored to the needs of students in different types of Residential communities.
Method 2: Series Programming
Series Programming is simply theme-based programming that structures multiple traditional programming efforts around one common idea. Series programs will be collaborative efforts put forth by an entire staff team. Essentially, each staff team identifies a theme that is pertinent to their residential community and designs three components all geared toward engaging the community with that theme. Together, these components create a series of themed programs that reinforce engagement and learning of a topic in a variety of ways, speaking to varied learning styles and interests. It also gives halls a valuable opportunity to become engaged with the Community through service opportunities.
Method 3: Individual Programming
Individual Programming includes programming more traditional to Residence Life. Movie nights, Floor intramural involvement, and various types of in-hall entertainment are all examples of opportunities for social involvement and community building.
Residence Hall Staff who wish to complete a Program Proposal Form or a Programming Evaluation Form should use the links below. An e-mail will be sent to your Hall Director with the information you provide.
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