Directed Learning Activities - DLAs

To retrieve a DLA, please click the appropriate link below to connect with the Success Center receptionist who will provide you with the DLA of your choice. If you are requesting a DLA on any Monday, click the Monday link. If you are requesting a DLA on any Saturday, click the Saturday link and so on.

Please be aware that receptionists are only available during Success Center business hours, Monday – Thursday 9 am – 9 pm, Friday 10 am – 2 pm and Saturday 10 am – 3 pm.

Designed in close collaboration with faculty in the content areas, DLAs are meant to assist students in developing the essential reading, writing, study, or math skills and/or strategies needed to succeed in their courses. After extensive consultation with content-area faculty, the Instructional Specialists will help them create an activity that most students should be able to complete in about an hour of independent work in the Success Center. While students are working on DLAs, instructors and tutors should be prepared to provide them with necessary assistance. Once the students complete the activities, either an instructor or a tutor then needs to have an approximately five- to ten-minute follow-up appointment with the students to ensure that they have understood not only the cognitive, but also the metacognitive components of theDLA - that is, they developed an ability to not only perform the targeted skill or strategy, but also recognize the situations in which they should apply it. In keeping with the overall philosophy of the Success Center, the faculty member or tutor should also not neglect the affective aspect of the students' response to the DLA - that is, they should attempt to promote the students' senses of self-confidence or self-efficacy about applying theses skills and/or strategies in the future.

As more and more DLAs are offered through the Success Center, it will quickly become almost impossible for a faculty member to be - at least initially - intimately familiar with all of them. However, it is important to remember that, because the emphasis of these activities is on developing reading, writing, study, and math skills and/or strategies, none of the content is truly "outside the area of expertise" of our instructors or tutors. Although the examples used in the DLAs may be specific to a certain discipline - say, chemistry or history - in order to increase the students' sense that the concepts covered are relevant to their current coursework, at their heart, these activities are about reading, writing, study, and math skills and/or strategies.