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Review Of The Piaac Numeracy Assessment Framework: Final Report, Dave Tout, Diana Coben, Vince Geiger, Lynda Ginsburg, Kees Hoogland, Terry Maguire, Sue Thomson, Ross Turner Apr 2019

Review Of The Piaac Numeracy Assessment Framework: Final Report, Dave Tout, Diana Coben, Vince Geiger, Lynda Ginsburg, Kees Hoogland, Terry Maguire, Sue Thomson, Ross Turner

Ross Turner

The Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) is an international assessment of the proficiency of adults (aged 16-65 years) in key information processing skills (reading, numeracy and Problem Solving in Technology-Rich Environments). The PIAAC Survey of Adult Skills has revealed that a considerable number of adults in OECD countries possess only limited literacy and numeracy skills. The OECD is currently reviewing the content of the frameworks and cognitive assessment instruments for the 2nd cycle of PIAAC ready for delivery in 2021-22. This report is the result of a review of the numeracy construct and assessment in PIAAC ...


Openness To A Paradigm Shift In Medical Education Assessment – A Case Study, Elina Tor Apr 2019

Openness To A Paradigm Shift In Medical Education Assessment – A Case Study, Elina Tor

Elina Tor

Background – In 2017 the School of Medicine Fremantle (SoMF) began moving towards a paradigm shift to optimise the learning and decision functions of assessments.
Methods – Consistent with best practice of first doing, then watching and thinking, a multi-year (2017 – 2020) action research project has been in place alongside the staged roll-out of programmatic assessment for learning (PA) framework in the SoMF since 2017. The aim of the action research is to authentically construct theories of action to account for ongoing reflection on experience.  The focus of this presentation is to use the SoMF context to further understanding of the nature ...


Undergraduate Mentor Demographic Summary, Jacob Coppola, Rowanna L. Carpenter Apr 2019

Undergraduate Mentor Demographic Summary, Jacob Coppola, Rowanna L. Carpenter

Rowanna Carpenter

Undergraduate Mentors in Freshman Inquiry are placed in a unique position of influence. With each spending one entire year working with a single class, mentors will color the educational experience of over 1,200 Portland State freshmen each year. Given this significant role, it is important that mentors are demographically representative of the PSU student body. By compiling this report, we hope to better understand the composition of the Undergraduate Mentor population, as well as identity possible areas of representational imbalance.


Writing Outcomes Assessment Special Report, Rowanna L. Carpenter Apr 2019

Writing Outcomes Assessment Special Report, Rowanna L. Carpenter

Rowanna Carpenter

A group of faculty provided feedback on revised UNST writing outcomes as part of our annual ePortfolio review process. This excerpt from our annual report reflects a summary of their conversation and feedback.

Based in part on this feedback, a group of faculty met throughout the 2013-2014 academic year to revise the UNST writing rubric.


University Studies Annual Assessment 2012-2013, Rowanna L. Carpenter Apr 2019

University Studies Annual Assessment 2012-2013, Rowanna L. Carpenter

Rowanna Carpenter

Annual in-depth examination and assessment of Portland State University's general education model, the University Studies Program. The tools and methods used to assess student learning are faculty driven and developed.


University Studies Annual Assessment 2014-2015, Rowanna L. Carpenter, J.R. "Jones" Estes, Celine Fitzmaurice, Seanna M. Kerrigan, Annie Knepler, Dana Lundell, Neera Malhotra, Vicki Reitenauer, Erika Schnatz Apr 2019

University Studies Annual Assessment 2014-2015, Rowanna L. Carpenter, J.R. "Jones" Estes, Celine Fitzmaurice, Seanna M. Kerrigan, Annie Knepler, Dana Lundell, Neera Malhotra, Vicki Reitenauer, Erika Schnatz

Rowanna Carpenter

During the 14-15 academic year, University Studies (UNST) adopted a “Goal of the Year,” communication. We introduced a new writing rubric, piloted the rubric and used it to review Freshman Inquiry (FRINQ) ePortfolios and Sophomore Inquiry (SINQ) writing samples. We investigated the usefulness of the rubric, the types of writing being asked of our students and how well our students’ writing reflects our expectations for their learning. At the Capstone level, we expanded our course ePortfolio assessment approach to include intentional faculty conversations about how they address the goal of communication in their courses. We continue to be interested in ...


Barriers To Success In Fall Term Frinq: Faculty And Mentor Stories About Their Students, Michael Flower, Rowanna L. Carpenter, Mirela Blekic Apr 2019

Barriers To Success In Fall Term Frinq: Faculty And Mentor Stories About Their Students, Michael Flower, Rowanna L. Carpenter, Mirela Blekic

Rowanna Carpenter

Presents themes emerging from a series of conversations with FRINQ faculty and mentors about their students who were not returning to Portland State for Winter term.


Assessment Brief: The Eportfolio Process And Student Learning, Rowanna L. Carpenter Apr 2019

Assessment Brief: The Eportfolio Process And Student Learning, Rowanna L. Carpenter

Rowanna Carpenter

An analysis of student survey results relating ePortfolio classroom practices to students' reported learning.


Building A Culture Of Collegiality Through Transformative Faculty Support, Rowanna L. Carpenter, Celine Fitzmaurice, Maurice Hamington, Annie Knepler, Vicki Reitenauer Apr 2019

Building A Culture Of Collegiality Through Transformative Faculty Support, Rowanna L. Carpenter, Celine Fitzmaurice, Maurice Hamington, Annie Knepler, Vicki Reitenauer

Rowanna Carpenter

Portland State University’s (PSU) motto Let Knowledge Serve the City identifies a key piece of the University’s DNA as a community-engaged institution. As educators in PSU’s signature general education program, University Studies, we work intentionally as colleagues to catalyze transformative teaching and learning to build--with our students--a just world.

In AY 2016-17, through an iterative process involving faculty, administrators, staff, and students, University Studies adopted vision and mission statements to reflect and ground our efforts:

Vision: Challenging us to think holistically, care deeply, and engage courageously in imagining and co-creating a just world.

Mission: University Studies’ inclusive ...


Online Sinqs And Capstones - Fall 2011 To Spring 2014, Meredith Michaud, Rowanna L. Carpenter Apr 2019

Online Sinqs And Capstones - Fall 2011 To Spring 2014, Meredith Michaud, Rowanna L. Carpenter

Rowanna Carpenter

We investigated students' profile, performance, and reported experience in online vs. face-to-face SINQ and Capstone courses.


Data To Action: Freshman Retention Project, Mirela Blekic, James Ofsink, Sukhwant Jhaj, Dan Fortmiller, Rowanna L. Carpenter, Paloma Harrison, Martha Dyson, Becki Ingersoll, Becky Sanchez, Robert Mercer, Amanda Nguyen, Louise Mcdonald Apr 2019

Data To Action: Freshman Retention Project, Mirela Blekic, James Ofsink, Sukhwant Jhaj, Dan Fortmiller, Rowanna L. Carpenter, Paloma Harrison, Martha Dyson, Becki Ingersoll, Becky Sanchez, Robert Mercer, Amanda Nguyen, Louise Mcdonald

Rowanna Carpenter

About 10% of freshmen students who are admitted in fall do not transition to winter term and about 15-20% of the students who complete their freshmen year do not return the following fall. In addition, students who have major concerns about financing their education and students who are not sure about their plans (as identified in FRINQ Prior Learning Survey) tend to leave at a higher rate. Similarly, students with HS GPA below 3.0 and conditionally admitted students tend to leave at a higher rate. Finally, about 80% of the students who indicate (in the FRINQ End-of-Year Survey) they ...


Assessment Brief: Writing In Sophomore Inquiry, Rowanna L. Carpenter Apr 2019

Assessment Brief: Writing In Sophomore Inquiry, Rowanna L. Carpenter

Rowanna Carpenter

During the 2011-2012 academic year, a group of faculty worked with the UNST writing coordinator to develop a set of expectations for writing at the sophomore level of the program. To complement that effort, we added some questions about students’ writing experiences in their SINQ courses to end of term evaluations. This report provides a brief summary of students’ self-reported background with writing, the types of writing they were asked to do in their courses and the kinds of writing support that was provided in the course.


Assessment Brief: Profile Of Online Sophomore Inquiry Students, Nicholas Osborn, Rowanna L. Carpenter Apr 2019

Assessment Brief: Profile Of Online Sophomore Inquiry Students, Nicholas Osborn, Rowanna L. Carpenter

Rowanna Carpenter

This report presents an academic and demographic profile of online SINQ students compared with students enrolled in face-to-face courses.


A Profile Of Frinq Students Whose Home Language Is Not English, Beth Hooker, Rowanna L. Carpenter Apr 2019

A Profile Of Frinq Students Whose Home Language Is Not English, Beth Hooker, Rowanna L. Carpenter

Rowanna Carpenter

This analysis revealed that the group of students enrolled in FRINQ who report speaking a language other than English in their homes is made up of immigrants, US born and international students who speak a wide range of languages. These students are likely to be first-generation college students and work fewer hours than their peers. Academically, writing is expressed as the top area where non-native speakers need support and they also express a need for help finding employment. In order to better understand the experiences and challenges for students who speak a language other than English at home, further research ...


A Profile Of Sophomore Inquiry Students Fall 2018, Rowanna L. Carpenter Apr 2019

A Profile Of Sophomore Inquiry Students Fall 2018, Rowanna L. Carpenter

Rowanna Carpenter

This report presents a statistical profile of Fall 2018 Sophomore Inquiry students based on survey and University data.


A Profile Of Sophomore Inquiry Students Fall 2011, Rowanna L. Carpenter Apr 2019

A Profile Of Sophomore Inquiry Students Fall 2011, Rowanna L. Carpenter

Rowanna Carpenter

Presents a profile of students enrolled in SINQ courses based on responses to the Prior Learning Survey and demographic and academic university data.


A Profile Of Sophomore Inquiry Students Fall 2013, Rowanna L. Carpenter Apr 2019

A Profile Of Sophomore Inquiry Students Fall 2013, Rowanna L. Carpenter

Rowanna Carpenter

This report presents a profile of students enrolled in Sophomore Inquiry courses during Fall 2013.


A Profile Of Freshman Inquiry Students Fall 2013, Rowanna L. Carpenter Apr 2019

A Profile Of Freshman Inquiry Students Fall 2013, Rowanna L. Carpenter

Rowanna Carpenter

This report presents a profile of students enrolled in Freshman Inquiry courses during Fall 2013, including demographic, academic, and financial information.


A Profile Of Freshman Inquiry Students Fall 2018, Rowanna L. Carpenter Apr 2019

A Profile Of Freshman Inquiry Students Fall 2018, Rowanna L. Carpenter

Rowanna Carpenter

This report presents a statistical profile of Fall 2018 Freshman Inquiry students based on survey and University data.


Black Women Personhood.Png, Lynell Hodge Apr 2019

Black Women Personhood.Png, Lynell Hodge

Lynell Hodge, EdD

Black women in America; a contemplative qualitative study that explores how art communicates who they are, what purpose they serve, and moreover how those messages are internalized. Utilizing the cultural iceberg model (Hall, 1976) as the theoretical framework to draw connections to the process of transmitted historical and contemporary cultural messages specific to Black women bodies in art.This qualitative study attempts to understand the impact of vicarious messages in reference to Black women bodies to facilitate a deeper consideration and context of their experiences, and magnify the pervasiveness of marginalization.


Pre-Service Teachers’ Perspectives On How The Use Of Toon Comic Books During Guided Reading Influenced Learning By Struggling Readers, Ewa Mcgrail, Alicja Rieger, Gina M. Doepker, Samantha Mcgeorge Apr 2019

Pre-Service Teachers’ Perspectives On How The Use Of Toon Comic Books During Guided Reading Influenced Learning By Struggling Readers, Ewa Mcgrail, Alicja Rieger, Gina M. Doepker, Samantha Mcgeorge

Gina Doepker

The study presented in this article examines the use of comic books, specifically the TOON comic books during guided reading instruction. The instruction was provided to struggling readers by the Literacy Center at a comprehensive university in southeastern United States. What most pre-service teachers in this study agreed upon was that comic books served as an effective tool for getting their students interested in reading. Reading comic books with tutors as partners in conversation with the struggling readers in this study was also a powerful medium for facilitating students’ literacy skills development, particularly in the areas of reading fluency and ...


Alexa?: Possibilities Of Voice Assistant Technology And Artificial Intelligence In The Classroom, Patrick D. Hales, Melissa Anderson, Tonya Christianson, Amber Gaspar, Billi Jo Meyer, Beth Nelson, Krista Shilvock, Mary Steinmetz, Makenzi Timmons, Michelle Vande Weerd Apr 2019

Alexa?: Possibilities Of Voice Assistant Technology And Artificial Intelligence In The Classroom, Patrick D. Hales, Melissa Anderson, Tonya Christianson, Amber Gaspar, Billi Jo Meyer, Beth Nelson, Krista Shilvock, Mary Steinmetz, Makenzi Timmons, Michelle Vande Weerd

Patrick Hales

The following paper represents the combined effort of 10 educators exploring the experience and use of voice assistant technology in classrooms. This reflection and study of our classrooms looks to better understand both our use of technology and students’ use of technology in very specific ways. Is there a place for voice assistant technology in our classrooms? What benefits are there? What obstacles exist? We tell our stories and experiences here with the intent to provide context and continue the discussion among more of our colleagues.


Validating Professional Standards For Teachers: A Practical Guide For Research Design: Snapshot Literature Review, Jen Jackson, Yung Nietschke Mar 2019

Validating Professional Standards For Teachers: A Practical Guide For Research Design: Snapshot Literature Review, Jen Jackson, Yung Nietschke

Dr Jen Jackson

This report aims to establish a strong evidence base for planning a validation study of professional standards for teachers. It presents findings from a rapid "snapshot" review of relevant research literature, to identify previous examples of validation studies, and extract lessons from these about worthwhile methods and considerations in research design. This review was originally conducted to inform the design of a validation study of the draft Myanmar Teacher Competency Standards Framework, but may also have wider relevance to other education systems pursuing similar standards-based reforms. This report presents findings from the literature review. It is divided into four sections ...


Health Promotion Practice And The Road Ahead: Addressing Enduring Gaps And Encouraging Greater Practice-To-Research Translation, Amanda Birnbaum, Mark D. Rivera Mar 2019

Health Promotion Practice And The Road Ahead: Addressing Enduring Gaps And Encouraging Greater Practice-To-Research Translation, Amanda Birnbaum, Mark D. Rivera

Amanda Birnbaum

A decade ago, Lancaster and Roe described four critical gaps (i.e., communications, accessibility, credibility, and expectations) between research and practice in health education and health promotion that formed the framework for this department. Despite considerable attention and some progress, these gaps persist and are barriers to interaction and translation between health promotion and health education research and practice. Looking to the next several years as the new Associate Editors for this department, we renew the department’s commitment toward addressing these enduring gaps around which we frame new questions and invite continued dialogue.


Performance-Based Funding Of Higher Education: Analyses Of Policy Discourse Across Four Case Studies, Mary Ziskin, Karyn E. Rabourn, Donald Hossler Mar 2019

Performance-Based Funding Of Higher Education: Analyses Of Policy Discourse Across Four Case Studies, Mary Ziskin, Karyn E. Rabourn, Donald Hossler

Mary B. Ziskin

Performance-based funding (PBF) for public colleges and universities is increasingly prevalent worldwide, as a part of a broader pattern of marketisation in public education. This study focused on developing an empirical view of how, and in what contexts, policy makers use the concepts of neoliberal economics to design and support PerformanceBased Funding (PBF) policies in higher education. We analysed 121 policy documents, white papers, evaluation reports, and news items related to PBF policies in four case jurisdictions: Tennessee, Washington, United Kingdom, and Italy. We employed critical discourse analysis methods as framed by Fairclough and colleagues and implemented this approach within ...


Regenerative Change: Engaging At The Intersection Of Inner And Outer Work Through Contemplative Learning, Heather L. Burns, Celine Fitzmaurice Mar 2019

Regenerative Change: Engaging At The Intersection Of Inner And Outer Work Through Contemplative Learning, Heather L. Burns, Celine Fitzmaurice

Heather Burns

This article explores the intersection of the inner and outer work of regenerative change making through contemplative practices at Portland State University. It describes contemplative strategies employed with graduate students and university faculty including classroom practices and a professional development retreat series for faculty. The authors discuss the importance of inner work in fostering transformative teaching and learning, and explore the connections between inner work, contemplative practices, and transformative learning theory.


Concurrent Enrollment Benchmark Data And Self-Study Report 2014 .Pdf, Ron J. Hammond Mar 2019

Concurrent Enrollment Benchmark Data And Self-Study Report 2014 .Pdf, Ron J. Hammond

Ron J. Hammond


This study was based on data analysis of 82,119 UVU/UVSC student records.  An IRB application “Secondary Analysis of UVU’s Concurrent Enrollment Data” was submitted on 12 July 2013 and approved (approval #01096) on 18 July 2013.  The main purpose of the research was to provide benchmark data and a  self-study report thereby establishing informed strategies to improve UVU’s overall Concurrent Enrollment Department and student success.  The analyses presented below are post-hoc and descriptive utilizing a minimum threshold of .05 levels of statistical significance.  Outcomes were measured for the following four categories of students: Concurrent Enrollment (CE ...


Advancing Higher Education As A Field Of Study, Sydney Freeman Jr., Linda Serra Hagedorn, Lester F. Goodchild, Dianne A. Wright Mar 2019

Advancing Higher Education As A Field Of Study, Sydney Freeman Jr., Linda Serra Hagedorn, Lester F. Goodchild, Dianne A. Wright

Linda Serra Hagedorn

Where is higher education as a field of study going in this century? How will higher education program leaders design and sustain their degree programs' vitality in the face of perennial challenges from inside and outside the academy? While in 1979 the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS) defined standards for student affairs master's level preparation, and while 2010 saw the adoption of guidelines for higher education administration and leadership preparation programs at the master's degree level, there still are, however, no guidelines that address higher education leadership doctoral programs, despite increasing demands for ...


Report Results Of Webex Versus Nonsurvey 30 April 2016.Pdf, Ron J. Hammond Mar 2019

Report Results Of Webex Versus Nonsurvey 30 April 2016.Pdf, Ron J. Hammond

Ron J. Hammond


Findings from the previous research studies and findings from this current enhanced pilot study indicate the value of UVU further exploring the implementation of Webex as a teaching modality that UVU could us in combination with: hybrid, live-interactive, in-class, and perhaps even online courses.  The effective and informed implementation of Webex (or a related platform) if strategically combined with ongoing efforts across campus to better enroll, retain, and graduate UVU students, could alleviate some of the adverse challenges facing UVU:
·      Thousands of students each semester are unable to schedule classes they need
·      Campus congestion: Parking and overall campus space (classroom ...


Assessment Of University Support Services For Regional And Remote Students On Transition To University: Final Report, Darren Matthews, Gina Milgate, Leyna Clarke Mar 2019

Assessment Of University Support Services For Regional And Remote Students On Transition To University: Final Report, Darren Matthews, Gina Milgate, Leyna Clarke

Gina C Milgate

This report details the development and piloting of an Assessment of university support services for regional and remote students on transition to university. The project forms part of the Australian Government’s response to the Independent Review into Regional, Rural and Remote Education led by Emeritus Professor John Halsey. In its recommendations, the Review highlighted how critical it is to “Support RRR [regional, rural and remote] students to make successful transitions from school to university, training, employment and combinations of them”. In relation to this recommendation, this project is designed to support the Australian Government’s response to the Halsey ...