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Collaborative Learning For High Voltage Engineering Education, Pablo Gomez, Edmund Tsang Mar 2019

Collaborative Learning For High Voltage Engineering Education, Pablo Gomez, Edmund Tsang

Assessment Fellows Grant

The goal of this project is to evaluate the applicability and efficacy of a collaborative learning environment for high voltage (HV) engineering education. This environment is based on the interaction of two pedagogical approaches: computer simulation and experimental/laboratory work. Two courses on HV engineering were offered in parallel in the Fall 2018 semester – one taught at Western Michigan University focusing on computer simulation and the other one taught at Mississippi State University focusing on experimental/laboratory work.


Assessing Creative Growth In The Frostic School Of Art, William Charland Mar 2019

Assessing Creative Growth In The Frostic School Of Art, William Charland

Assessment Fellows Grant

This project examined the suitability of the Torrance Test of Creativity as a direct measure of determining growth in student creativity from matriculation to graduation among students enrolled in B.F.A. and B.A. programs across the areas of the Frostic School of Art (FSoA). Test takers were anonymous, representing an opportunity sample of incoming and outgoing student cohorts. This research project’s aim was to determine if creativity, as distinct from techniques and skills, increased between the first year and graduation among students in the FSoA.


Graduate Student Success: Developing A Holistic Assessment Process For The Electronic Portfolio Using The Acpa/Naspa Professional Competency Areas, Ramona B. Lewis, Casey Dornhecker Mar 2019

Graduate Student Success: Developing A Holistic Assessment Process For The Electronic Portfolio Using The Acpa/Naspa Professional Competency Areas, Ramona B. Lewis, Casey Dornhecker

Assessment Fellows Grant

The purpose of this project is to develop a holistic and sustainable assessment process for the Performance Driven Leadership electronic portfolio that is completed as part of the M.A. in Educational Leadership Higher Education and Student Affairs Leadership (HESA) concentration.


Assessing The Assessors: Potential Barriers To Engaged Writing Assignments, Lisa Singleterry, Susan L. Caulfield Mar 2019

Assessing The Assessors: Potential Barriers To Engaged Writing Assignments, Lisa Singleterry, Susan L. Caulfield

Assessment Fellows Grant

The aim of this project is to inform departments and schools within the College of Health and Human Services of how their faculty, in general, approach writing-related requirements with their courses. Authors adapted 3 surveys to measure faculty perceptions about writing, including faculty approaches to assigning writing, faculty comfort levels with writing and how equipped they are to assess writing. Data will be entered into SPSS for data analysis that will be used to inform needs for department and faculty support or policy development.


A Rather Different ‘Operating System’ For Courses, Learning And Assessments — A Formative, Objectives-Mastery, Modular System (Fomms), David Schuster Mar 2019

A Rather Different ‘Operating System’ For Courses, Learning And Assessments — A Formative, Objectives-Mastery, Modular System (Fomms), David Schuster

Assessment Fellows Grant

This project involves a different way of running courses and assessments, in line with a very formative philosophy on learning. Being a whole system, it involves several components working together. Topics are designed as a sequence of small natural ‘learning units’, each with specific learning objectives. The aim is for all students to eventually attain high-level ‘mastery’ of all topic objectives, given the opportunity. Structured ‘learning tasks’ occur during learning, and ‘mastery assessments’ after topic completion. Both are formative rather than summative, in that students have an opportunity to learn from feedback and try again for mastery (assessment for learning ...


Cliftonstrengths For Students: Developing Engaged And Thriving Students Through Strengths Awareness And Development, Adrienne Fraaza, Ewa Urban Mar 2019

Cliftonstrengths For Students: Developing Engaged And Thriving Students Through Strengths Awareness And Development, Adrienne Fraaza, Ewa Urban

Assessment Fellows Grant

The Office of Student Transitions embarked upon its second pilot year of implementing Gallup's CliftonStrengths for Students into First-Year Seminar (FYS) courses. Strengths development focuses on improving self-awareness and well-being, giving students a tool to understand how to leverage their natural talents for success. Nearly half of the FYS instructors chose to integrate Strengths activities and development into their courses. Final data indicated an increase in self-awareness, confidence, and affirmation of major/career choices. Nearly 89% of pilot students said that Strengths should be implemented in all FYS courses.


Examination Of Student Outcomes In Hsv 3650: Information Literacy, Betty D. Dennis, Debra K. Lindstrom Mar 2018

Examination Of Student Outcomes In Hsv 3650: Information Literacy, Betty D. Dennis, Debra K. Lindstrom

Assessment Fellows Grant

Prior to 2014, faculty from the College of Health and Human Services (CHHS) had observed that students in upper-level health sciences courses did not have the Information literacy skills needed to succeed in upper level-courses and graduate school curricula. To remedy this, faculty from the University Libraries and CHHS developed and implemented a program that requires students to either (a) successfully pass an information literacy pre-assessment examination, or (b) enroll in a two-credit information literacy course (HSV 3650: Information Literacy in Health Sciences). The purpose of this study was to examine how effective HSV 3650 has been in teaching students ...


Does The Past Predict The Future? A Retrospective Statistical Analysis Of Lower Level Course Grades And Program Outcomes At Graduation, Peter A. Gustafson Mar 2018

Does The Past Predict The Future? A Retrospective Statistical Analysis Of Lower Level Course Grades And Program Outcomes At Graduation, Peter A. Gustafson

Assessment Fellows Grant

In this project, a retrospective statistical analysis was completed to try to establish the correlation between low-level engineering courses and several measures of student success at graduation. The intended outcomes of the study include a tool for prediction of GPA at graduation based on sophomore level courses. This tool will be useful for advising to identify at-risk students for early intervention and remediation. Furthermore, the tool will be useful for recruiting, as students who are likely to be successful in graduate programs can be identified and recruited early in their academic careers.


Assessing In-Course Projects And Students' Interest In Science, Heather Kasper, Mary Anne Sydlik, Susan R. Stapleton Mar 2018

Assessing In-Course Projects And Students' Interest In Science, Heather Kasper, Mary Anne Sydlik, Susan R. Stapleton

Assessment Fellows Grant

An important question in higher education is "How do we best support students so that they stay at Western Michigan and remain or become interested in careers in one of the sciences?” One way seems to be getting students interested in research, which can spark and maintain their continued interest in STEM fields. Traditional laboratory activities often involve repeating classical experiments to reproduce known results rather than engaging students in experiments with the possibility of true discovery. Instead, we need to actively engage students to interest them in STEM and to keep them in the field. Our project uses data ...


Measuring Intercultural Competency Of Wmu Study Abroad Students, Lee Penyak, Ryan Rounds Mar 2018

Measuring Intercultural Competency Of Wmu Study Abroad Students, Lee Penyak, Ryan Rounds

Assessment Fellows Grant

Using the Global Perspective Inventory (GPI), this project employs pre- and post-tests to measure the extent that study abroad programs influence the development of intercultural competency, if and how students move from monocultural to multicultural frames of mind, and the impact that international travel experiences have on fortifying the University’s third pillar of global engagement. This information will 1) be shared with current faculty directors to build intercultural learning objectives into program curriculum, 2) help WMU SA revise initial and final study abroad proposals by prospective faculty directors, and 3) be used to restructure pre-departure orientations provided by WMU ...


Assessing Inter-Professional Teamwork Through Low-Fidelity Simulation, Lisa Singleterry, Sally Vliem, Kristine Gibson, Scott Gaynor Apr 2017

Assessing Inter-Professional Teamwork Through Low-Fidelity Simulation, Lisa Singleterry, Sally Vliem, Kristine Gibson, Scott Gaynor

Assessment Fellows Grant

In 2003, it was determined that health-related education needed to shift from discipline-specific silos and into the arena of inter-professional teams. Given this goal, teamwork – which includes communication and the opportunity to learn about, with, and from multiple health disciplines – is the focus of this assessment grant. A sub-group of the faculty in training team of WMU professionals accelerating clinical education redesign (PACER) chose to utilize a low-fidelity simulation (one which uses verbal descriptions, case studies, discussion and role play to explore a particular topic, engaging all simulation participants in an active learning atmosphere) for medical students, clinical psychology graduate ...


Pre-Service Teachers Establishing Professional Identities In The 21st Century, Hsiao-Chin Kuo, Susan Piazza Apr 2017

Pre-Service Teachers Establishing Professional Identities In The 21st Century, Hsiao-Chin Kuo, Susan Piazza

Assessment Fellows Grant

This project investigates how pre-service teachers document their developing professional identities and learning outcomes through an ePortfolio assignment. The goal is to strengthen the program’s ability to improve and document student learning outcomes. Direct measures that determine the development of effective teachers is becoming more challenging with traditional paper and print-based artifacts. An increasing number of programs in higher education utilize web-based portfolios to measure learning outcomes. The ePortfolio developed in an undergraduate literacy course will make use of formative and summative assessments. Data is collected via multiple sources, including pre-service teachers’ ePortfolios and other class artifacts, classroom observations ...


Bba Quantitative Skills: Assessing The Prerequisites, Matthew Ross, A. Michelle Wright Apr 2017

Bba Quantitative Skills: Assessing The Prerequisites, Matthew Ross, A. Michelle Wright

Assessment Fellows Grant

We examine determinants of prerequisite quantitative skill among Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) students. Preliminary results suggest that undergraduate students are deficient in quantitative skills, even among a sample of finance students whom show greater quantitative ability than the mean BBA student. Mean math quiz performance among 164 student participants substantially lags faculty established expectations. We extend beyond traditional BBA pedagogy research by incorporating the Attitudes Toward Mathematics Inventory (ATMI) and language analysis in a business finance context. We find strong evidence for learning theory explanations involving quantitative prerequisite ability and non-cognitive measures. However, theories involving knowledge decay and demographic ...


Topic Generation And Development In The Freshman Research Paper, Edward J. Eckel Apr 2017

Topic Generation And Development In The Freshman Research Paper, Edward J. Eckel

Assessment Fellows Grant

This study will help better understand the cognitive process students go through in developing their research paper topics by examining how students in selected sections of a freshman engineering writing class come up with an initial topic for their course research paper, how they refine or develop that topic into something they can find adequate research on, and how they shape that topic into a purpose statement for their final research paper. Research methodologies include short online surveys, in-person interviews at the end of the semester, and use of a rubric to assess the final submitted purpose statements for their ...


Examining Changes In Students' Intercultural Development In Student Affairs Professional Preparation, D. Eric Archer Apr 2017

Examining Changes In Students' Intercultural Development In Student Affairs Professional Preparation, D. Eric Archer

Assessment Fellows Grant

This project is to assess if the multicultural mission of the WMU Higher Education and Student Affairs masters’ program (i.e., “recognize the centrality of diversity and inclusiveness to higher education and to effectively and ethically lead and serve in a dynamic educational culture”) is being fulfilled. Students in the HESA program will complete the Intercultural Development Inventory assessment during their first semester in the program (Fall 2016) and again in their final semester (Spring 2018). This pre-and post-test assessment will provide information regarding students’ intercultural development as a result of completing the program, which places an emphasis within the ...


Student Learning Outcomes Of Involvement, Kate Bates Apr 2016

Student Learning Outcomes Of Involvement, Kate Bates

Assessment Fellows Grant

Kate Bates and Stephanie Beld, from the Department of Student Activities and Leadership Programs at Western Michigan University, shared this poster at the Assessment in Action Conference 2016 on April 8. They were the recipients of one of the 2015-2016 WMU Assessment Fellows Grants to conduct research on assessment of student learning outcomes. The focus of their project was to assess and compare the impact and learning outcomes of students involved in Registered Student Organizations and LeadCorp Interns that are directly advised by SALP staff. This poster provided information regarding their assessment project.


The Effects Of Strengths-Based Curriculum On First-Year Students, Melissa Holman Apr 2016

The Effects Of Strengths-Based Curriculum On First-Year Students, Melissa Holman

Assessment Fellows Grant

Melissa Holman and Rachel Carlson, from the College of Education and Human Development at Western Michigan University, shared this poster at the Assessment in Action Conference 2016 on April 8. They were the recipients of one of the 2015-2016 WMU Assessment Fellows Grants to conduct research on assessment of student learning outcomes. The focus of this project was to expose WMU CEHD First Year Seminar students to a strengths-based curriculum, coach them to apply their strengths, expose the students to campus resources and supports, enhance their student experience to help with retention, and increase the self-reported level of intrinsic motivation ...


Assessing Students Rule-Bound Writing Development, Kim Ballard Apr 2016

Assessing Students Rule-Bound Writing Development, Kim Ballard

Assessment Fellows Grant

Kim Ballard, from the Writing Center at Western Michigan University, shared this poster at the Assessment in Action Conference 2016 on April 8. She was the recipient of one of the 2015-2016 WMU Assessment Fellows Grants to conduct research on assessment of student learning outcomes. The focus of her project was to help WMU students learn to incorporate rule-bound Lower Order Concerns into their personal writing style. This poster provided information regarding her assessment project.


Evaluation Of The Master Of Arts Hybrid Program In Psychology, Denise Ross, Cynthia Pietras Apr 2016

Evaluation Of The Master Of Arts Hybrid Program In Psychology, Denise Ross, Cynthia Pietras

Assessment Fellows Grant

Denise Ross and Cynthia Pietras, from the Department of Psychology at Western Michigan University, shared this poster at the Assessment in Action Conference 2016 on April 8. They were the recipients of one of the 2015-2016 WMU Assessment Fellows Grants to conduct research on assessment of student learning outcomes. The focus of their project was to measure the effectiveness of the Master of Arts Hybrid Program in Psychology including program satisfaction, content knowledge and professionalism. This poster provided information regarding their assessment project.


Assessment At The College Level: Core Comptencies, Sue Caulfield Apr 2016

Assessment At The College Level: Core Comptencies, Sue Caulfield

Assessment Fellows Grant

Sue Caulfield, from the School of Interdisciplinary Health Programs at Western Michigan University, shared this poster at the Assessment in Action Conference 2016 on April 8. She was the recipient of one of the 2015-2016 WMU Assessment Fellows Grants to conduct research on assessment of student learning outcomes. The focus of her project was to assess student writing in the College of Health and Human Services as a core competency across the college. This poster provided information regarding her assessment project.


Investigation Of A Career Exploration Course's Impact On Student Career Development, Mark St. Martin, Adam Osborne, Shaakira Jones, Michael Bobbitt Apr 2015

Investigation Of A Career Exploration Course's Impact On Student Career Development, Mark St. Martin, Adam Osborne, Shaakira Jones, Michael Bobbitt

Assessment Fellows Grant

Mark St. Martin, Associate Professor, Western Michigan University Counseling Center, Adam Osborne, MA, Shaakira Jones, MA and Michael Bobbitt, MS, at WMU shared this poster at the Assessment in Action Conference 2015 on April 3. The group were recipients of one of the 2014-2015 WMU Assessment Fellows Grants to conduct research to measure the effectiveness of the UNIV 1020 Career Exploration and Development course at WMU on student career knowledge and decision-making skills. This poster provided information regarding their assessment project.


Effect Of Information Literacy Instruction On Students In The Revamped Phys 3100 Course, Carrie C. Leatherman, Christopher Hoffmann Apr 2015

Effect Of Information Literacy Instruction On Students In The Revamped Phys 3100 Course, Carrie C. Leatherman, Christopher Hoffmann

Assessment Fellows Grant

Carrie Leatherman, University Libraries and Chris Hoffmann, Department of Physics at Western Michigan University, shared this poster at the Assessment in Action Conference 2015 on April 3. They were recipients of one of the 2014-2015 WMU Assessment Fellows Grants to conduct research on assessing the effectiveness of information literacy instruction by teaching students to use appropriate sources when doing their pre-lab write-ups for their course, PHYS 3100: Intro to Modern Physics Lab. This poster provided information regarding their assessment project.


Goal Attainment Scaling: An Interprofessional Assessment Of Student Learning, Ann M. Chapleau, Jennifer Harrison, Kathryn Hillenbrand, Edward Roth, Kimberly Searing Apr 2015

Goal Attainment Scaling: An Interprofessional Assessment Of Student Learning, Ann M. Chapleau, Jennifer Harrison, Kathryn Hillenbrand, Edward Roth, Kimberly Searing

Assessment Fellows Grant

Ann Chapleau, from the Department of Occupational Therapy, Jennifer Harrison, from the School of Social Work, Kathryn Hillenbrand, from the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology, Edward Roth, from the Department of Music Therapy, and Kimberly Searing, from the Bronson School of Nursing at Western Michigan University, shared this poster at the Assessment in Action Conference 2015 on April 3. The group were recipients of one of the 2014-2015 WMU Assessment Fellows Grants to conduct research on assessment of personal professional development for students at WMU at selected clinical training locations. This poster provided information regarding their assessment project.


Using Lassi To Assess Peer Academic Success Coaching, Katie Easley Apr 2015

Using Lassi To Assess Peer Academic Success Coaching, Katie Easley

Assessment Fellows Grant

Katie Easley, Director of Student Success Services in the College of Arts and Sciences at Western Michigan University, shared this poster at the WMU Assessment in Action Conference 2015 on April 3. Katie was a recipient of one of the 2014-2015 WMU Assessment Fellows Grants to conduct research on assessment of student learning in the Peer Academic Success Coaching program at WMU. This poster provided information regarding her assessment project.


Standardized Tests And Assessment In The Business School: A Pilot Study, Devrim Yaman Apr 2014

Standardized Tests And Assessment In The Business School: A Pilot Study, Devrim Yaman

Assessment Fellows Grant

No abstract provided.


Examining And Testing The Use Of An Online Orientation, Betty D. Dennis Apr 2014

Examining And Testing The Use Of An Online Orientation, Betty D. Dennis

Assessment Fellows Grant

No abstract provided.


Goal Attainment Scaling: Measurement Of Student Learning And Teaching Clinic Outcomes: Program Evaluation In Progress, Ann M. Chapleau Apr 2014

Goal Attainment Scaling: Measurement Of Student Learning And Teaching Clinic Outcomes: Program Evaluation In Progress, Ann M. Chapleau

Assessment Fellows Grant

No abstract provided.


The Phoenix Project: An Intrusive Retention Initiative For At-Risk Students, Geralyn Heystek, Betsy Drummer, Chris Robinson Apr 2014

The Phoenix Project: An Intrusive Retention Initiative For At-Risk Students, Geralyn Heystek, Betsy Drummer, Chris Robinson

Assessment Fellows Grant

No abstract provided.


Understanding Students' Ability To Communicate Mathematics In Developmental Mathematics Courses, Kirsty Eisenhart, Amy Galick Apr 2014

Understanding Students' Ability To Communicate Mathematics In Developmental Mathematics Courses, Kirsty Eisenhart, Amy Galick

Assessment Fellows Grant

No abstract provided.


Developing Rubrics For Assessment In Non-Degree Granting Academic Programs, Marilyn Duke, Steven Miller Jan 2013

Developing Rubrics For Assessment In Non-Degree Granting Academic Programs, Marilyn Duke, Steven Miller

Assessment Fellows Grant

No abstract provided.