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Continuous Improvement In Academic Affairs, Jen Wells Mar 2019

Continuous Improvement In Academic Affairs, Jen Wells

Assessment in Action Conference

As faculty, we are asked to focus on teaching, research, and service; how we manage our work is often pre-determined by how we allocate time to these three elements. With that, the question is where assessment and continuous improvement fit. This presentation will offer a model of continuous improvement and ideas on how it can be integrated in your current work and not as a check the box exercise. We will also review how assessment can be scaffolded and implemented at the graduate level.


Writing & Connecting Learning Outcomes Across The Co-Curricular Environment, Marilyn Duke, Ciji Heiser, Anthony Helms Mar 2019

Writing & Connecting Learning Outcomes Across The Co-Curricular Environment, Marilyn Duke, Ciji Heiser, Anthony Helms

Assessment in Action Conference

This session focuses on the two primary areas of writing learning outcomes and then connecting outcomes to a co-curricular map. In the first part of the session, participants will work through a learning outcomes model to draft new outcomes or revisit existing outcomes and receive feedback from peers and session facilitators. In the second part of the workshop, the discussion will shift to how to connect learning outcomes across multiple programs and services to develop co-curricular maps. Outcome maps help staff identify areas of strength in student learning outcomes and gaps in outcome development. Participants will have the opportunity to ...


2019 Western Michigan University Assessment In Action Conference, Office Of Assessment And Undergraduate Studies Mar 2019

2019 Western Michigan University Assessment In Action Conference, Office Of Assessment And Undergraduate Studies

Assessment in Action Conference

Included here is the schedule and session descriptions from the 10th Annual WMU Assessment in Action Conference held on March 15, 2019. The conference, sponsored by the Office of Assessment and Undergraduate Studies at Western Michigan University, is a one-day event where those new to outcomes assessment can come and learn fundamental knowledge about the field, but it is also a place where those who have worked as leaders in outcomes assessment can come and extend their knowledge and skills and network with colleagues. Conference offerings included learning opportunities on various assessment topics for both academic and learner supports units.


Curriculum Mapping As A Path For Success, Susan L. Caulfield, David Paul, Cynthia Visscher Mar 2019

Curriculum Mapping As A Path For Success, Susan L. Caulfield, David Paul, Cynthia Visscher

Assessment in Action Conference

This workshop engages participants in a conversation about their knowledge and experience with curriculum mapping. Examples of curriculum mapping are provided, along with assessment outcomes related to such mapping. Participants will be asked to articulate a class or program-level outcome and workshop facilitators will be able to assist with the definition and creation of outcomes. Such outcomes will then be related back to curriculum mapping. Participants will leave with two different examples of curriculum mapping, as well as some experience in engaging the process of curriculum mapping.


Continuous Improvement In Student Affairs, Jen Wells Mar 2019

Continuous Improvement In Student Affairs, Jen Wells

Assessment in Action Conference

Imagine booking a trip but never getting on the plane, or buying a movie ticket but never walking into the theater. Or what if you fully planned a program, but you never executed it? Barring environmental or extraneous factors, it’s hard to imagine not following through in these scenarios. Now, think about learning valuable information through an assessment project, but never using it. This should be equally unfathomable. The data collected in our assessments should be meaningful by informing our work and helping us continually improve. This presentation offers strategies on how to make data-informed decisions, demonstrate why this ...


What's Your Assessment - Why?, Jen Wells Mar 2019

What's Your Assessment - Why?, Jen Wells

Assessment in Action Conference

Accountability. Accreditation. Resources. Student Success. Student Learning. Student Development. External Factors. Program Review. All of these terms and more are associated with assessment. In this keynote, I want to go back to the why! Why is this important? Why should we do this? What is the why of assessment and how do our own experiences translate and transfer into the concept of continuous improvement.


Using Elearning For Assessment, Katrina Davidson, Alyssa Moon Mar 2018

Using Elearning For Assessment, Katrina Davidson, Alyssa Moon

Assessment in Action Conference

There are many ways to formatively and summatively assess learner knowledge using an online learning environment. This session will give an overview of these tools and examine use cases.


Integrating Formative And Summative: Assessment Approaches In Student Support Work, Ciji Heiser Mar 2018

Integrating Formative And Summative: Assessment Approaches In Student Support Work, Ciji Heiser

Assessment in Action Conference

This session will focus on how to integrate both formative and summative assessment approaches into programs and services provided for student support. We will discuss the assessment cycle including learning and operational outcomes, selecting and designing assessment tools (both formative and summative), collecting data, and analyzing data to make data-informed decisions.


"What Is My Target?": Clarifying Student Learning Outcomes, Anthony Helms, David Paul Mar 2018

"What Is My Target?": Clarifying Student Learning Outcomes, Anthony Helms, David Paul

Assessment in Action Conference

This session will provide an overview of best practices in writing feasible and measurable learning and process outcomes, including hands-on time to work on your own outcomes.


2018 Western Michigan University Assessment In Action Conference, Office Of Assessment And Undergraduate Studies Mar 2018

2018 Western Michigan University Assessment In Action Conference, Office Of Assessment And Undergraduate Studies

Assessment in Action Conference

Included here is the schedule and session descriptions from the 9th Annual WMU Assessment in Action Conference held on March 16, 2018. The conference, sponsored by the Office of Assessment and Undergraduate Studies at Western Michigan University, is a one-day event where those new to outcomes assessment can come and learn fundamental knowledge about the field, but it is also a place where those who have worked as leaders in outcomes assessment can come and extend their knowledge and skills and network with colleagues. Conference offerings included learning opportunities on various assessment topics for both academic and student supports units.


Why Are We Doing This?, Linda Suskie Mar 2018

Why Are We Doing This?, Linda Suskie

Assessment in Action Conference

Many find assessment to be a pointless paper-pushing exercise. Done right, however, it is essential to helping students learn and succeed. This presentation will summarize research on strategies that help students learn and succeed and explain the role of assessment in those strategies.


Creating Great Learning Experiences That Help Students Learn And Succeed, Linda Suskie Mar 2018

Creating Great Learning Experiences That Help Students Learn And Succeed, Linda Suskie

Assessment in Action Conference

Great learning activities have three components that connect to each other: a clear purpose, clear guidelines for activities that engage students, and clear grading criteria. In this fast-paced workshop, we will work through all three.


Western Michigan University 2017 Assessment Conference, Office Of Assessment And Undergraduate Studies Apr 2017

Western Michigan University 2017 Assessment Conference, Office Of Assessment And Undergraduate Studies

Assessment in Action Conference

Included here is the schedule and session descriptions from the 8th Annual WMU Assessment Conference held on March 17, 2017. The conference, sponsored by the Office of Assessment and Undergraduate Studies at Western Michigan University, is a one-day event where those new to outcomes assessment can come and learn fundamental knowledge about the field, but it is also a place where those who have worked as leaders in outcomes assessment can come and extend their knowledge and skills and network with colleagues. Conference offerings included learning opportunities on various assessment topics for both academic and student supports units.


Reconnecting With “Why” To Move Beyond Assessment Sticking Points, Kristen Mckinney Apr 2017

Reconnecting With “Why” To Move Beyond Assessment Sticking Points, Kristen Mckinney

Assessment in Action Conference

We have made great steps forward in developing assessment infrastructure on our campuses, but often find ourselves still struggling with really making use of the data we collect. Assessment can feel like a chore rather than something that truly has meaning for our work. In this session, Dr. McKinney will discuss how re‐connecting assessment with our core goals and purposes can help refocus our energy and attention in ways that help us use data more effectively to tell our story.


Honing In On What To Measure, Kristen Mckinney Apr 2017

Honing In On What To Measure, Kristen Mckinney

Assessment in Action Conference

Institutional and departmental outcomes are framed in necessarily broad terms as we articulate the key values and goals of our work. Bridging the gap between those broad outcomes and more tailored and measurable program and service specific outcomes can be difficult. This session will present some ideas and strategies for developing outcomes and guide participants through the process of drafting outcomes for their own programs.


Assessment As Ally: Focusing On What Matters, Gloria Rogers Apr 2017

Assessment As Ally: Focusing On What Matters, Gloria Rogers

Assessment in Action Conference

Too many times, the assessment of student learning becomes an exercise of futility where faculty time is squandered and the result is many data and no information that is useful for the improvement of student learning. When properly understood and implemented, the assessment process can provide meaningful results that inform faculty about the achievement of outcomes, the alignment of the curriculum, and what can be done to improve student learning. Topics which will be discussed are the importance of well‐defined outcomes, curriculum mapping, the development of systematic processes, and reporting results for action.


Defining Outcomes, Gloria Rogers Apr 2017

Defining Outcomes, Gloria Rogers

Assessment in Action Conference

This workshop will engage participants in the writing of measurable outcomes and how they relate to scoring rubrics. Group discussion and formal feedback will enhance the understanding of the critical role of well‐defined outcomes in the assessment process.


Transforming Data Into Information, Gloria Rogers Apr 2017

Transforming Data Into Information, Gloria Rogers

Assessment in Action Conference

Data are collected but how do we transform the data to meaningful information that can be used to improve student learning. A case study will be used to explore the criteria for an assessment plan that will lead to actionable information.


Using Data To Tell Your Story, Kristen Mckinney Apr 2017

Using Data To Tell Your Story, Kristen Mckinney

Assessment in Action Conference

We are increasingly faced with a dizzying array of options for how to display data. How do we make informed choices about what will really aid the user in telling a compelling story versus those that are just “pretty”? This session will review aspects of visual perception that influence how we process visual information, as well as discuss the messages conveyed by various visual displays and how to select options that best aid the reader in understanding key data points.


Writing Observable And Measurable Learning Outcomes, Eli Collins-Brown Apr 2016

Writing Observable And Measurable Learning Outcomes, Eli Collins-Brown

Assessment in Action Conference

This session will show how to write learning outcomes that are useful to the student and essential for faculty who want to improve student learning and assessment in their courses. Writing observable and measurable outcomes is not a difficult task once you learn the process to follow. By the end of this session, participants will be able to distinguish between content, learning activities and learning outcomes and apply the three-step process for writing observable and measurable learning outcomes.


Student Employment: Incorporating Learning On The Job, Kathy Collins Apr 2016

Student Employment: Incorporating Learning On The Job, Kathy Collins

Assessment in Action Conference

Evaluations of a student's performance are often a required part of one's development. More importantly, they are an important part of a student's learning experience. This session will explore the creation of learning outcomes and tracking tools for student employment experiences across higher education.


Are We There Yet? Assessing Our Progress In Assessment, Katharine Cummings Apr 2016

Are We There Yet? Assessing Our Progress In Assessment, Katharine Cummings

Assessment in Action Conference

This session will present a descriptive continuum to help determine progress in creating and implementing an assessment system. Attendees will have the opportunity to use the continuum to assess their own department's progress as well as to refine the descriptions included in the continuum.


Student Learning Outcomes: Tools, Planning, And Contribution To Institutional Goals, Kathy Collins Apr 2016

Student Learning Outcomes: Tools, Planning, And Contribution To Institutional Goals, Kathy Collins

Assessment in Action Conference

On our campuses, students spend a significant amount of time outside of the formal classroom. What are we doing to creatively think about capturing this learning and evaluating it to enhance the student experience? There are numerous ways to develop assessment plans, tools, and learning outcomes to provide evidence of student learning. Even more important is preparing and supporting quality professionals in the field to do quality assessment work.


Western Michigan University Assessment In Action Conference 2016, Office Of Assessment And Undergraduate Studies Apr 2016

Western Michigan University Assessment In Action Conference 2016, Office Of Assessment And Undergraduate Studies

Assessment in Action Conference

Included here is the schedule from the 7th Annual WMU Assessment in Action Conference 2016. The conference, sponsored by the Office of Assessment and Undergraduate Studies at Western Michigan University, is a one-day event where those new to outcomes assessment can come and learn fundamental knowledge about the field, but it is also a place where those who have worked as leaders in outcomes assessment can come and extend their knowledge and skills and network with colleagues. Conference offerings included learning opportunities on various assessment topics for both academic and student supports units.


Making Academic Change Happen-Any Way We Can?, Julia Williams Apr 2016

Making Academic Change Happen-Any Way We Can?, Julia Williams

Assessment in Action Conference

Within the higher education community, there are repeated calls for changing the way we educate our students. And yet, despite the development of research-based teaching strategies, innovative co-curricular projects, and many years of funding and development from a variety of foundations and corporations, change in higher education is not pervasive. The lack of systemic change points to an important problem with the approach to change that the higher education community has pursued thus far. Current change approaches have not fostered the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA) in motivation, communication, collaboration, and persuasion that are the foundation for change on ...


From Artifact To Assessment To Evaluation-Closing The Loop In Continuous Improvement, Julia Williams Apr 2016

From Artifact To Assessment To Evaluation-Closing The Loop In Continuous Improvement, Julia Williams

Assessment in Action Conference

As faculty, we understand well the process by which we assess students and provide them with feedback on their work; in this way, we "close the loop" in order for students to learn and improve. The same process of assessment and feedback characterize the institutional improvement loop; by collecting and analyzing a variety of data, we can make informed decisions in order to make improvements. The challenge is to understand how classroom assessment activities map and can support continuous improvement at the program and institutional levels. In this workshop, we will explore multiple classroom assessment techniques in order to understand ...


Let's Talk About Assessment!, David S. Reinhold Apr 2015

Let's Talk About Assessment!, David S. Reinhold

Assessment in Action Conference

This presentation was from the plenary session at the Western Michigan University Assessment in Action Conference 2015 which took place on Friday, April 3. The session was an interactive discussion highlighting some of the main topics of assessment. Attendees were asked to respond to various questions regarding assessment issues using clickers and each question was followed by a group discussion of the results. The session also laid the framework for the sessions presented at the conference that day.


Writing Observable And Measurable Learning Objectives, Eli Collins-Brown Apr 2015

Writing Observable And Measurable Learning Objectives, Eli Collins-Brown

Assessment in Action Conference

This session will show participants how to write learning objectives (or outcomes) that are useful to the student and essential for faculty who want to improve student learning and assessment in their courses. Writing observable and measurable outcomes is not a difficult task once you learn the process to follow. By the end of this session, participants will be able to distinguish between content, learning activities and learning objectives and apply the three-step process for writing observable and measurable learning objectives.


Rubrics: The Good, The Great And The Awesome, David S. Reinhold Apr 2015

Rubrics: The Good, The Great And The Awesome, David S. Reinhold

Assessment in Action Conference

The basic contents of a good rubric will be discussed, as well as the versatility of rubrics. The session will spend some time on rubric calibration and introduce how rubrics can be used for both grading and assessment.


Assessment Resources: How Do I Find The Help I Need?, Karen Stokes Chapo Apr 2015

Assessment Resources: How Do I Find The Help I Need?, Karen Stokes Chapo

Assessment in Action Conference

If you are searching for best practices for assessment and/or education and assistance with all things pertaining to assessment of student learning, this session will show you where to find some reliable and useful online resources including information about local assessment conferences.