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Learning Goals at St. John Fisher

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Faculty Development Workshop on Four-Year Institution-Wide Learning Goals

Faculty Development Workshop on Four-Year Institution-Wide Learning Goals

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  • 1.
    • Learning Goals at St. John Fisher College
    • Peter J. Gray, Ph.D.
    • Director of Academic Assessment
    • United States Naval Academy
    • May 2004
  • 2.
    • A higher education institution’s purpose is to provide instruction that produces learning.
    • The test of an institution’s quality is the success of its students.
  • 3.
    • Faculty Ownership
    • It is essential for faculty to have a sense of ownership of the assessment process…
    • so that faculty maintain a commitment over time and to be certain that the results are utilized and make a difference.
  • 4.
    • Administrative Support
    • Assessment programs need strong leadership...
    • so that they remain flexible and adaptable to changing needs and are not merely ad hoc efforts.
  • 5. improvement Assessment Process teaching & learning evaluation
  • 6.
    • Assessment Questions
    •  What should students learn from our educational programs and experiences?
    •  How can we document and evaluate the quality of our teaching and of our students’ achievement?
    •  What changes should we make to improve teaching and learning?
  • 7.
    • Defining Learning Outcomes
    •  Reviewing existing standards & documents
    • Assessing student work and achievement
    • Identifying hopes and expectations
  • 8.
    • Defining Learning Outcomes
    •  Reviewing existing standards & documents
      • mission statements
      • accreditation criteria
      • learning goals and objectives
      • program curricula and course syllabi
      • learning inventories
  • 9.
    • Categories of Outcomes
    •  Discipline specific knowledge, comprehension, and understanding
    •  Higher order thinking skills
    •  College-level thinking skills
    •  General education and liberal studies goals
    •  Professional and career development goals
    •  Personal growth and development goals
  • 10.
    • Mapping Teaching and Learning
  • 11.
    • Certainly some learning is difficult, even impossible to measure.
    • But is does not follow that useful and meaningful assessment is impossible.
  • 12.
    • Sources of Information
    •  Course assignments
    •  Projects, products, portfolios, & performances
    •  Written examinations & standardized tests
    •  Oral presentations, interviews, & discussions
    •  Simulations, case studies, & field work
    •  Surveys & questionnaires
    •  Institutional research regarding enrollment, retention, & placement
  • 13.
    • Use of Assessment Results
    • Answers important questions about teaching and learning
    • Makes maximum use of existing sources and methods of gathering information about student learning
    • Takes into account the institution’s mission and strategic plan as well as external regional and professional accreditation requirements
  • 14.
    • Assessment Plan
    • Describe intended student learning in relationship to educational programs and activities
    • Develop questions about teaching and learning
    • Identify relevant sources of information and evaluation techniques to answer questions
    • Collect, analyze, and interpret data
    • Set priorities for the design and implementation of improvements based on results
  • 15.
    • The Goal
    • Assessment should be
    • meaningful
    • manageable,
    • and sustainable.
    • The Program Assessment Consultation Team (PACT) California State University, Bakersfield, 1999.
  • 16.
    • Learning Goals at Fisher
    • What have we done?
    • Where do we need to be?
    • What can we accomplish today?