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Multi-Section Assessment of One Course: English 407A Ed Nagelhout Julie Staggers Department of English Presentation Goals Describe steps for assessing multiple sections of a single course Use English 407A: Business Writing as an extended example

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multi section assessment of one course english 407a

Multi-Section Assessment of One Course: English 407A

Ed Nagelhout

Julie Staggers

Department of English

presentation goals
Presentation Goals
  • Describe steps for assessing multiple sections of a single course
  • Use English 407A: Business Writing as an extended example
  • Offer recommendations for other multi-section courses
  • Answer Questions
eight steps
Eight Steps
  • Think Programmatically
  • Select Outcomes
  • Develop Tools
  • Simplify Evaluation Measurements
  • Construct Report Template
  • Examine Findings
  • Improve Teacher Support Structure
  • Review/Evaluate Assessment
1 think programmatically
1. Think Programmatically

Every student should have basically the same experience in every (multi-section) course regardless of teacher or platform.

  • Coherence
  • Consistency
  • Project-Centered
  • Pedagogical Emphasis
english 407a business writing
English 407A: Business Writing

70-75 Sections per year

Taught primarily by PTIs, GAs, and Adjuncts

Business Writing Course Delivery Platforms:

  • Traditional Face-to-Face sections
  • Hybrid sections
  • Distance Ed sections
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English 407A: Business Writing

To Meet Programmatic Goals

  • Common Syllabus
  • Common Outcomes
  • Common Projects
  • Mentoring Program
  • Teacher Support
  • Teacher Choice
2 select outcomes
2. Select Outcomes

How much can we legitimately do in 16 weeks?

  • Determine what’s important
    • What do you want them to know?
    • What do you want them to do?
  • Promote primary and secondary objectives
  • Be explicit
  • Maintain focus
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English 407A: Business Writing

Common Outcomes

  • Write to multiple audiences, for various purposes
  • Plan and manage short- and long-term writing projects
  • Draft, design, revise, and edit documents
  • Design and implement appropriate research strategies
  • Write collaboratively (e.g., co-authoring, peer revising)
  • Follow and adjust to business writing conventions
  • Design documents for both content and visual appeal
  • Use writing to help prepare and deliver oral presentations
  • Write ethically and responsibly
3 develop tools
3. Develop Tools

Tools should be designed to determine the achievement of outcomes as effectively and as efficiently as possible

  • Think programmatically
  • Align explicitly with outcomes
  • Use a range of tools
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English 407A: Business Writing
  • Quizzes
  • Exercises
  • Introductory Project (2)
  • Case Project (4)
  • Employment Project
  • Major Collaborative Project (3)

NOTE: Each project includes multiple deliverables and a project assessment memo

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English 407A: Business Writing
  • Primary Criteria
  • Project-Specific Criteria
4 simplify evaluation measurements
4. Simplify Evaluation Measurements

Evaluation measurements provide the data to help you determine the success of the course

  • Take cut/paste mentality
  • Allow for multiple lenses
  • Provide different ways into the data
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English 407A: Business Writing

Common Outcomes

  • Write to multiple audiences, for various purposes
  • Plan and manage short- and long-term writing projects
  • Draft, design, revise, and edit documents
  • Design and implement appropriate research strategies
  • Write collaboratively (e.g., co-authoring, peer revising)
  • Follow and adjust to business writing conventions
  • Design documents for both content and visual appeal
  • Use writing to help prepare and deliver oral presentations
  • Write ethically and responsibly
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English 407A: Business Writing
  • Primary Criteria
  • Project-Specific Criteria
5 construct report template
5. Construct Report Template

Reporting the data in a way that will allow you to improve your course is paramount, so you need to be proactive

  • How do you report the data?
  • Where do you report the data?
  • Why do you report the data?
  • Create template for application over time
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English 407A: Business Writing
  • English 407A Annual Report
  • Department Queries
  • College Queries
  • University Queries
6 examine findings
6. Examine Findings

Examine findings through the lenses you find most applicable

  • Student Learning
  • Teacher Effectiveness
  • Teacher Support
  • Program Effectiveness
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English 407A: Business Writing
  • Preliminary Findings
  • Analyze by Outcome
  • Analyze by Criteria for a Single Project and across Projects
  • Analyze by Platform
  • Analyze by Section and across Sections
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English 407A: Business Writing

Sample Findings

Pilot Study – Spring 2008 – 7 Sections

Outcome: “Design documents for both content and visual appeal”

Criteria: Format: All projects; All sections

  • Overall Average = 4.23
  • Low Average = 3.98 (Case Project)
  • High Average = 4.39 (Employment Project)
7 improve teacher support structure
7. Improve Teacher Support Structure

Strong teacher support structures are imperative to successful course delivery and assessment

  • Teacher Effectiveness
  • Teacher Efficiency
  • Teacher Workshops
  • Teacher Materials
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English 407A: Business Writing

10-Hour per Week Commitment

  • If four courses is considered full-time, then no teacher should spend more than 10 hours per week per course.
  • This includes time in class, time in office hours, time preparing for class, time responding / evaluating student writing, and time in training.
  • As a program, our primary objective is to help teachers meet this expectation.
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English 407A: Business Writing

Teacher Workshops

  • Classroom Activities
  • Responding Effectively AND Efficiently to Student Writing (Egg Timer Workshop)
  • Norming Sessions
  • Focus Groups
  • Staff Meetings
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English 407A: Business Writing

Teacher Materials

  • Course Materials
    • Syllabus, Schedule, Evaluation Sheets
  • Handouts
    • Project, Pedagogical, Process/Product
  • Classroom Materials
    • PPT Slides, Samples, Activities, Mini-Lectures
8 review evaluate assessment
8. Review/Evaluate Assessment
  • Why are we doing assessment?
  • Are we achieving our goals?
  • Are the outcomes appropriate?
  • Are we improving our course?
  • Are we improving our teaching?
  • Are we looking at the right things?
  • What can we do differently?
  • What can we do better?
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English 407A: Business Writing

Program Recommendations

  • Revise Project Assessment Memos
  • Incorporate Focus Groups
  • Update/Revise WebCampus
  • Review/Revise Outcomes
  • Review/Revise Criteria
  • Improve Methods
    • Assessment and Pedagogical
conclusions recommendations
Conclusions/Recommendations
  • Design to fit your needs
  • Go slowly
  • Make incremental progress
  • Think long-term
  • Imagine reduced teacher workload and improved student learning
  • Questions?