Assessing Student Learning: A Good IDEA

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Assessing Student Learning: A Good IDEA

  1. 1. Assessing Student Learning: A Good IDEA! <ul><ul><li>Allyson Dickie, Assoc. Dean Distributed Learning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Robert Stanley, Dir. Institutional Research & Effectiveness </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul></ul></ul>
  2. 2. Assessing Student Learning: A Good IDEA! <ul><li>Brief Overview: Online Course Design @ NPU </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Allyson Dickie </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Overview of IDEA Student Course Rating System </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Robert Stanley </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Demonstration of IDEA Implementation @ NPU </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Allyson Dickie </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Online Course Design @ NPU Two Cornerstones <ul><li>Focused on Student Learning </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Strong Assessment of Student Learning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Primary Objective – Improve Teaching Practice </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Cornerstone #1 -- Quality Matters </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Faculty Peer Reviewed Process </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Research Based Rubric </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Online Course Design @ NPU Cornerstones continued <ul><li>Cornerstone #2 – Student Course Ratings </li></ul><ul><ul><li>One Possibility </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Interesting but is there another way? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>NPU uses the IDEA Student Rating Systems </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Aligns with Quality Matters Design Process </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Closes the assessment loop </li></ul></ul></ul>
  5. 5. ASSESSMENT OF STUDENT LEARNING CENTERPIECE ONLINE COURSE DESIGN Assessment of Student Learning COURSE OBJECTIVES IDEA COURSE EVALUATIONS LEARNING ACTIVITIES COURSE ASSESSMENTS
  6. 6. <ul><li>INSTITUTIONAL & PROGRAM QUESTIONS: </li></ul><ul><li>How do we capture data? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>On-line courses </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>F 2 F courses </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>INSTITUTIONAL & PROGRAM QUESTIONS: </li></ul><ul><li>Will the data be informative? </li></ul><ul><li>What is wrong with our current system? </li></ul><ul><li>Do we really need this information? </li></ul>
  8. 8. Overview: <ul><li>North Park University </li></ul><ul><li>A four-year liberal arts university located on the north side of Chicago </li></ul><ul><li>Estimated student enrollment is 3,000 students </li></ul><ul><li>Over 300 faculty </li></ul>
  9. 9. Academic Programs: <ul><li>Undergraduate College </li></ul><ul><li>North Park Theological Seminary </li></ul><ul><li>School of Adult Learning </li></ul><ul><li>School of Business & Nonprofit Management </li></ul><ul><li>School of Education </li></ul><ul><li>School of Music </li></ul><ul><li>School of Nursing </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>IDEA : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What an odd term for assessing student learning. </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. IDEA: Individual Development and Educational Assessment
  12. 12. <ul><li>The IDEA Center was established in 1975 </li></ul><ul><li>Adjusts for extraneous circumstances </li></ul><ul><li>Student learning is the focus </li></ul><ul><li>Centered around 12 objectives </li></ul>
  13. 13. <ul><li>Focused on student learning and methods used to facilitate it </li></ul><ul><li>Provides national comparison as well as group comparison </li></ul><ul><li>Provides national evidence of validity and reliability </li></ul>
  14. 14. <ul><li>Analysis the expectation for the class </li></ul><ul><li>Good practices suggests 3-5 objectives </li></ul><ul><li>Connect all activities to the objectives </li></ul><ul><li>Provides national evidence of validity and reliability </li></ul>
  15. 15. Teaching: Pulling it together <ul><li>Faculty information form </li></ul><ul><li>Effective teaching </li></ul><ul><li>Learning </li></ul><ul><li>Data: quality improvement </li></ul>
  16. 16. Practices for selecting the objectives: <ul><li>Consider the over-all goals </li></ul><ul><li>Identify key methods of delivery </li></ul><ul><li>Content, end product and activities </li></ul><ul><li>Match the above with the best objectives that follow </li></ul>
  17. 17. Objectives 1-3 <ul><li>Gain factual knowledge (terminology, classifications, methods, trends). </li></ul><ul><li>Comprehend learning of fundamental principles, generalizations, or theories. </li></ul><ul><li>Learn to apply course material to improve thinking, problem solving, and decisions. </li></ul>
  18. 18. IDEA Supports Quality Matters <ul><li>Learning Objectives </li></ul><ul><li>Assessment and Measurement Focused </li></ul><ul><li>Learner Engagement </li></ul><ul><li>Delivered face-to-face or on-line </li></ul>
  19. 19. IDEA Supports Quality Matters <ul><li>Work together to ensure that students achieve the desired learning outcomes. </li></ul>
  20. 20. Objectives 4-6 <ul><li>Develop specific skills, competencies, and points of view needed by professionals in the field most closely related to this course. </li></ul><ul><li>Acquire skills in working with others as a member of a team. </li></ul><ul><li>Develop creative capacities (writing, inventing, designing, performing in art, music, drama, etc.). </li></ul>
  21. 21. Objectives 7-9 <ul><li>Gain a broader understanding and appreciation of intellectual/cultural activity (music, science, literature, etc.). </li></ul><ul><li>Develop skill in expressing themselves orally or in writing. </li></ul><ul><li>Learn how to find and use resources for answering questions or solving problems. </li></ul>
  22. 22. Objectives 10-12 <ul><li>Develop a clearer understanding of, and commitment to, personal values. </li></ul><ul><li>Learn to analyze and critically evaluate ideas, arguments, and points of view. </li></ul><ul><li>Acquire an interest in learning more by asking questions and seeking answers for further learning.  </li></ul>
  23. 23. Using Extra Questions <ul><li>20 extra questions can be added. </li></ul><ul><li>May be used to address questions at various levels: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Institution </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Department </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Course </li></ul></ul>
  24. 24. ADMINISTERING IDEA <ul><li>Faculty are required to leave the room </li></ul><ul><li>Final forms are sent to one location </li></ul><ul><li>Pre-processing </li></ul><ul><li>Tabulation and analysis </li></ul><ul><li>Reports </li></ul>
  25. 25. Quality Improvement Model
  26. 26. Using IDEA <ul><li>Learner focused </li></ul><ul><li>As a tool for reflection about your teaching </li></ul><ul><li>As a source of evidence in the evaluation process </li></ul>
  27. 27. Assessing Student Learning: A Good IDEA! <ul><li>Conclusion and Reflections </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Allyson Dickie, Assoc. Dean Distributed Learning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Robert Stanley, Dir. Institutional Research & Effectiveness </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul></ul></ul>

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