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Staying Smart: Strategies For Moving Forward With Assessment. Jodi Levine Laufgraben Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Assessment Temple University. Goals for Today. Review the challenges of getting started and maintaining momentum for assessing student learning

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staying smart strategies for moving forward with assessment

Staying Smart: Strategies For Moving Forward With Assessment

Jodi Levine Laufgraben

Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Assessment

Temple University

goals for today
Goals for Today
  • Review the challenges of getting started and maintaining momentum for assessing student learning
  • Discuss strategies for supporting programs and faculty in the assessment of student learning
  • Identify ways to advance assessment on your campus
  • Consider how you can begin using

these strategies on your campus

Objectives

the teaching learning assessment cycle
The Teaching-Learning-Assessment Cycle

Learning Goals

Using Results

Learning Opportunities

Assessment

i have a question
I have a question…

What challenges do you face in moving assessment forward on your campus?

Send in your examples via chat.

common challenges
Common Challenges
  • Missing motivator
  • Limited resources
    • Time
    • People
    • Tools
  • Leadership changes
  • Changing priorities
are you s m a r t
Are you S.M.A.R.T?

Maintaining momentum with the assessment of student learning requires campuses to stay smart:

S = Showcase success

M = Maintain relationships

A = Assess, assess, assess

R = Report

T = Train

s howcase success
Showcase Success
  • Signal that assessment is valued
  • Make sure assessment is used
  • Highlight student and faculty work
  • Help generate energy and new ideas for assessment
places to showcase
Places to Showcase
  • Annual assessment day or workshop
    • Presentations
    • Poster sessions
  • Assessment committee meetings
  • School, college of department meetings
  • Virtual Assessment newsletters / email updates
    • http://sites.google.com/site/assessmenttempleu/Newsletter
  • Assessment websites
m aintain relationships
Maintain Relationships
  • Recognize the assessment “Danielle Do-ers”
  • Engage the “Might Try it Morgans”
  • Bring along the “Unwilling Ursulas”
i have a question1
I have a question…

Do you have a Danielle, Morgan or Ursula on your campus? For one or more of these types, describe what the person is doing to either advance or impede assessment.

Send in your examples via chat.

maintain relationships
Maintain Relationships

Danielle:

  • Recognize the work (Showcase!)
  • Invite to help or train others
  • Ask how you might help
  • Ask for suggestions on how to improve process
maintain relationships1
Maintain Relationships

Morgan

  • Provide training
  • Build on existing efforts or work in progress
  • Share examples of “Morgans” that became “Danielles”
  • Ask how you might help
maintain relationships2
Maintain Relationships

Ursula:

  • Uncover the sources of resistance
  • Creatively find sources of motivation
  • Share the stories of others
  • Find the right person to help
  • Take baby steps
  • Move on
a ssess assess assess
Assess, Assess, Assess
  • Keep assessment in the headlines
  • Set expectations for annual assessment activity
  • Have structures and timelines
  • Provide ongoing training and support
  • Build assessment into other, ongoing processes
embedding assessment
Embedding Assessment
  • Accreditation
  • Program reviews
  • Curriculum review and program development
  • Budget / facilities planning
  • Academic planning
  • Annual reports (“state of the school”)
  • Recruitment (of students and faculty)
    • Use assessment reports to highlight program achievement
    • Show commitment to improvement
i have a question2
I have a question…

Where are some places where you ask programs to discuss or use results of assessment of student learning?

Send in your examples via chat.

r eport
Report
  • Track assessment planning and assessment activity
  • Close the loop – USE IT!
  • “Require” some document that describes results and intended uses
  • Respond
checklists audits
Checklists / Audits
  • Help identify where programs are with planning
  • Easy way to identify a unit or program’s needs for improvement
  • Provide quick assessment of how you are doing across the institution
  • Example:
    • Fairleigh Dickinson University

http://view.fdu.edu/default.aspx?id=7740

assessment templates
Assessment Templates

Goal

Tell an assessment story…

Opportunity

Tool

Findings

Use

Example:

http://www.k-state.edu/assessment/plans/index.htm

t rain
Train
  • Go beyond “assessment 101”
  • Use your own experts
  • Provide examples and samples
  • Ask what people most need or are interested in
  • Provide different types of resources

ASSESSMENT

training information resources
Training / Information Resources
  • Websites
    • http://www.ncsu.edu/assessment/links.htm
    • http://www.k-state.edu/assessment/plans/index.htm
  • Articles
    • http://www.learningoutcomesassessment.org/
  • Workshops
  • Webinars
  • Create your own toolbox / library
    • Surveys
    • Rubrics
i have a question3
I have a question…

Where do you want to focus in terms of getting SMART with assessment on your campus?

Create a showcase opportunity (S)

Reach out to a “Morgan” or “Ursula” (M)

Embed assessment into another process (A)

Set reporting expectations (R)

Develop a new training opportunity (T)

Via chat submit the letter indicating where you might focus next.

resources
Resources

Books

  • Assessing Student Learning: A Common Sense Guide, 2nd Edition by Linda Suskie, Wiley, 2009
  • Assessment Clear and Simple: A Practical Guide for Institutions, Departments, and General Education, 2nd Edition, by Barbara E. Walvoord, Wiley, 2010
  • Effective Grading: A Tool for Learning and Assessment in College, 2nd Edition by Barbara E. Walvoord, Virginia Johnson Anderson, Wiley, 2009
  • Assessing Student Learning in General Education: Good Practice Case Studies, by Marilee Bresciani (ed.), Wiley, 2007
  • Assessment Update (Journal) Wiley Publications (subscription)
more resources
More Resources

Online Sources

  • http://www.learningoutcomesassessment.org/
  • http://www2.acs.ncsu.edu/UPA/assmt/resource.htm
  • http://www.insidehighered.com/views/2010/10/26/suskie
  • http://jfmueller.faculty.noctrl.edu/toolbox/index.htm
thank you
Thank you

Jodi Levine Laufgraben

jodih@temple.edu

www.temple.edu/provost/aaa

Thank you for your participation!