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Tired of Tests

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Tired of Tests

  1. 1. Tired of Tests? Alternative Ideas for Monitoring Student Learning WCET 19 th Annual Conference   E-Learning in Higher Education: Making Good on the Promises Robin F. Blackman, Middle Tennessee State University Carol Gering, University of Alaska Fairbanks Anna Witter-Merithew, University of Northern Colorado November 2007
  2. 2. Establishing a Student Learning Assessment Plan Robin F. Blackman Middle Tennessee State University
  3. 3. Establishing a Student Learning Assessment Plan <ul><li>Identify a shared purpose </li></ul><ul><li>Collaboration across the institution - Academic Master Plan. </li></ul><ul><li>Commitment from administration and faculty </li></ul><ul><li>Provide resources to support faculty in the development of student learning assessment </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluate efforts to assess and improve student learning </li></ul>
  4. 4. A Plan to Assess Student Learning Outcomes <ul><li>Middle Tennessee State University is dedicated to providing academic programs with a process for determining and assessing student learning outcomes. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Who is Middle Tennessee State University? <ul><li>Located in Murfreesboro, TN (geographic center of Tennessee) </li></ul><ul><li>Member of the Tennessee Board of Regents (The State University and Community College System of Tennessee) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>45 campuses </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>182,000 students </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>13, 0000 employees </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Enrollment 23,248 (fall 2007) </li></ul><ul><li>939 full-time faculty (fall 2007) </li></ul>
  6. 6. Academic Master Plan <ul><li>“ Middle Tennessee State University will integrate student learning outcomes , program evaluations, and student evaluation of faculty processes. These processes will enhance the University’s quality assessment of the effectiveness of it general education and degree programs and enhance educational outcomes”. </li></ul><ul><li>Academic Master Plan 2007-2017, MTSU </li></ul>
  7. 7. What is Student Learning Assessment? <ul><li>Assessment is an ongoing process aimed at understanding and improving student learning. </li></ul><ul><li>(Angelo T. and Cross, P., 2003) </li></ul><ul><li>“ Assessment is the systematic collection of information about student learning, using the time, knowledge, expertise, and resources available, in order to inform decision on how to improve learning”. </li></ul><ul><li>(Walvoord, B., 2004) </li></ul>
  8. 8. Why are we focused on Student Learning Assessment? <ul><li>Accountability </li></ul><ul><li>Improve curricula learning experiences </li></ul><ul><li>Provide a strategy for understanding, confirming, and improving student learning </li></ul>
  9. 9. MTSU’s Plan for the Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes <ul><li>Provide academic programs a process for determining and assessing student learning outcomes. </li></ul><ul><li>Develop a common language of assessment. </li></ul><ul><li>Provide faculty with resources for writing student learning outcomes. </li></ul><ul><li>Provide faculty with resources to assess student learning. </li></ul><ul><li>Share results of outcomes assessment with faculty. </li></ul><ul><li>Use results to improve academic programs. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Process <ul><li>Campus-wide awareness </li></ul><ul><li>Departmental workshops </li></ul><ul><li>Campus-wide seminar/workshops offered by Learning, Teaching and Innovative Technologies Center ( LT&ITC ) </li></ul><ul><li>In-house developed application to capture departmental goals, course, and program outcomes </li></ul>
  11. 11. Common Language of Assessment <ul><li>Levels of assessment </li></ul><ul><li>Goals </li></ul><ul><li>Objectives </li></ul><ul><li>Student Learning Outcomes </li></ul>
  12. 12. Writing Student Learning Outcomes <ul><li>Distinguish between goals, objectives, and outcomes </li></ul><ul><li>Describe what students should know, be able to Do, or value/believe by the end of the course </li></ul><ul><li>Represent what is important in a course </li></ul><ul><li>Link to the common domains of learning; cognitive (Bloom’s Taxonomy), affective and psychomotor </li></ul><ul><li>Focus on observable outcomes (an “action verb” can provide that focus </li></ul><ul><li>Be S.M.A.R.T </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Specific </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Measurable </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Actionable </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Relevant </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Timed </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Assessment and Results <ul><li>Assess </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What methods and techniques will be used to assess the learning? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Classroom assessment techniques (CATs) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Rubrics </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Portfolios </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Interpret and share results </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Who will interpret the results? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Who will have access to the results? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How will the institution use the results? </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Where are we now?
  15. 15. Resources <ul><li>Angelo, T. A., & Cross, K.P. (1993). Classroom assessment techniques: A handbook for college teachers (2 nd ed.). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. </li></ul><ul><li>Hernon, P., & Dugan, R.E. (Eds.). (2004). Outcomes assessment in higher education: Views and perspectives. Westport, Connecticut: Libraries Unlimited. </li></ul><ul><li>The Higher Learning Commission. (2003). Handbook of accreditation (3 rd Ed.). Chicago: Author. </li></ul><ul><li>Learning, Teaching & Innovative Technologies Center . Middle Tennessee State Tennessee. </li></ul><ul><li>Maki, P. L. (2004). Assessing for learning: Building a sustainable commitment across the institution . Sterling, Virginia: Stylus Publishing </li></ul><ul><li>Middle Tennessee State University. (2007) Building on the Blueprint for Excellence: Academic Master Plan for 2007-2017 . Murfreesboro, Tennessee: Author. </li></ul><ul><li>Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. (2005). Resource Manual for the Principles of Accreditation: Foundations for Quality Enhancement (Interim Edition) . Decatur, Georgia: Author. </li></ul><ul><li>Walvoord, B. E., (2004). Assessment Clear and Simple: A Practical Guide for Institutions, Departments, and General Education . San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2004. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Contact Information Robin F. Blackman Assistant Professor Middle Tennessee State University Murfreesboro, Tennessee [email_address]

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