Assessment Institute August 22 2008


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Assessment Institute August 22 2008

  1. 1. Assessment Institute: Day Two Middlesex County College Christine Harrington Ph.D. August 2008
  2. 2. A Brief Review <ul><li>The Assessment Process </li></ul><ul><li>Learning Outcomes </li></ul><ul><li>Writing or Finding Learning Outcomes for All Academic Majors and Active Courses </li></ul>
  3. 3. Defining Learning Outcomes <ul><li>A learning outcome is a specific statement that clearly identifies what knowledge, skills and attitudes you expect from graduates of your program, students completing your course, or participating in your service. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Why Are We Doing This? <ul><li>Keeps us focused on what we want to accomplish in our courses and programs! </li></ul><ul><li>Learning Outcomes are an important, necessary foundational step in assessment. </li></ul><ul><li>Learning outcomes will be published in the college catalog and on the infonet. </li></ul>
  5. 5. The Assessment Working Group <ul><li>Our role is to provide: </li></ul><ul><li>Support, guidance and support </li></ul><ul><li>Our role is not to </li></ul><ul><li>give “stamps of approval” </li></ul><ul><li>be “keeper of all documents” </li></ul>
  6. 6. Keeping Focus: By the end of the day…. <ul><li>3-5 learning outcomes for every academic major in your department </li></ul><ul><li>3-5 learning outcomes for every active course </li></ul><ul><li>Remember, these are only working documents that will be brought to entire faculty on 8/26/08 for consideration and input </li></ul>
  7. 7. Learning Outcome Template for Program, Course or Service
  8. 8. Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of the program/course/service, students will be able to: <ul><li>1. </li></ul><ul><li>2. </li></ul><ul><li>3. </li></ul><ul><li>4. </li></ul><ul><li>5. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Local community colleges with learning outcomes listed for programs and/or courses: Mercer County Community College In catalog, you’ll find program learning outcomes and some are also found in course outlines. Brookdale Community College Learning outcomes can be found in the catalog. Raritan Valley Community College Learning outcomes are listed in the college catalog.
  10. 10. Other websites with useful information on assessment Bridgewater State College Simple, straightforward information on creating learning outcomes and course mapping. Bakersfield College Simple step by step process of creating learning outcomes and the assessment process. Fresno City College Student Learning Outcome handbook- Bloom’s taxonomy clearly demonstrated. Modesto Junior College Clear outline of steps in assessment process. http:// University of Washington http:// NC State University Very comprehensive website, even a bit overwhelming. As a start, click on Assessment of specific skills or content. Here you will find some information by discipline that may be helpful. Association of American Colleges and Universities Comprehensive website on assessment in higher education.
  11. 11. Now What Do I Need To Do? <ul><li>Tell me how you want to divide faculty by tables on Faculty Development Day </li></ul><ul><li>Let me know what additional support you need for Tuesday </li></ul><ul><li>Bring a laptop on Tuesday for data input purposes </li></ul>
  12. 12. Now What Do I Need To Do? <ul><li>Prepare copies of the following documents for every faculty member in your department for Tuesday morning: </li></ul><ul><li>Bloom’s taxonomy action verbs – 3 pages </li></ul><ul><li>Working Documents of All Academic Major Learning Outcomes </li></ul><ul><li>Working Documents of All Active Courses Learning Outcomes </li></ul>
  13. 13. Then What? <ul><li>Faculty Development Day- faculty voice in learning outcome development </li></ul><ul><li>All academic major and course learning outcomes uploaded to the assessment page next week </li></ul><ul><li>Assessment plans need to be developed and implemented </li></ul>
  14. 14. Importance of Faculty Support: What Can I Do? <ul><li>Model a positive attitude about assessment </li></ul><ul><li>Continually emphasize that assessment is NOT faculty evaluation </li></ul><ul><li>Keep assessment simple, yet meaningful </li></ul><ul><li>Keep assessment visible- keep it on the agenda for department meetings </li></ul><ul><li>Provide support for assessment whenever possible </li></ul>
  15. 15. Thank you for your support and hard work during this assessment institute! Next Steps: Faculty Input and Developing Assessment Plans