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In Search Of More Mature Uses Of Data: Problematizing Education And Poetry, F. Todd Goodson Jan 2024

In Search Of More Mature Uses Of Data: Problematizing Education And Poetry, F. Todd Goodson

Educational Considerations

Alex Romagnoli’s article in this issue, a discussion of the use of quantitative metrics in education and baseball, provides a thoughtful discussion the limitations inherent in those metrics as well as ways they can be enhanced to provide more useful information. This manuscript extends Romagnoli’s manuscript with specific illustrations of the ways grade point averages can be interpreted in context along with a call for a much more nuanced approach to data by policy makers and decision makers.


Hitting For Average: Educational Assessment, Unidimensionality, And The Connection To Baseball Hitting Statistics, Alex Romagnoli Jan 2024

Hitting For Average: Educational Assessment, Unidimensionality, And The Connection To Baseball Hitting Statistics, Alex Romagnoli

Educational Considerations

The traditional points system and subsequent Grade Point Average (GPA) in education perpetuates an evaluation of academic performance which reflects arbitrary weighting of assignments and/or assessments. As such, GPAs which are calculated using a traditional points system are not unidimensional in their design. The baseball batting and slugging percentage, which serves as established metrics for performance evaluations among baseball players, better reflects unidimensionality. In essence, this paper puts forth an analysis and discussion which posits that baseball batting average and slugging percentage can serve as an example for how unidimensionality can become more prevalent in educational assessments, especially as it …


Ungrading: Why Rating Students Undermines Learning (And What To Do Instead), Lori M. Costello Apr 2023

Ungrading: Why Rating Students Undermines Learning (And What To Do Instead), Lori M. Costello

Journal of Applied Communications

Book review of Ungrading: Why Rating Students Undermines Learning (and What to Do Instead), edited by Susan D. Blum with a foreword by Alfie Kohn


The Pandemic And Teachers: How Teachers’ Daily Life In The Classroom Has Been Impacted, Bailey Mahoney Mar 2023

The Pandemic And Teachers: How Teachers’ Daily Life In The Classroom Has Been Impacted, Bailey Mahoney

Educational Considerations

This study explores how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected educators during the end of the 2019-2020 school year and throughout the 2020-2021 school year. During a time with so much uncertainty, the focus has been on how best to approach the school year for students. Little conversation has happened concerning the impact on teachers. While research on this topic is limited to the short time span of the pandemic so far, teachers have shifted their instructional strategies, assessment strategies, and homework policies to match the needs of students. The following study seeks to highlight these changes and provide a voice …


Assessment Basics: How To Implement An Effective Student Learning Assessment Process, Frederick Burrack Mar 2023

Assessment Basics: How To Implement An Effective Student Learning Assessment Process, Frederick Burrack

Academic Chairpersons Conference Proceedings

Assessment Basics is a workshop focused on understanding the purpose behind student learning assessment, strategies to guide curricular integration, and techniques to use data for program improvement. Participants will be involved in leadership techniques to transfer into their own context.


Using Canvas Lms Learning Outcomes Assessment And Program Improvement, Frederick Burrack Mar 2023

Using Canvas Lms Learning Outcomes Assessment And Program Improvement, Frederick Burrack

Academic Chairpersons Conference Proceedings

This session will provide a step-by-step process of creating program outcomes in Canvas. These outcomes are aligned with assessment tasks through the scoring devices used in courses, internships, or other course-based means through which students demonstrate outcomes proficiencies.


Program Assessment – Implementing A Cycle Of Continuous Improvement, Terri Gaeddert Mar 2023

Program Assessment – Implementing A Cycle Of Continuous Improvement, Terri Gaeddert

Academic Chairpersons Conference Proceedings

Presenter and participants will discuss challenges of assessment processes and best practices available to assessment coordinators, department chairs, and administrators to support a culture of assessment for continuous improvement. The presenter will share how adjusting the timeline of assessment reporting provided for increased data collection and more meaningful discussion and reflection on data trends.


Lessons Learned: Curriculum Map As An Assessment Tool, Paul Antonellis Apr 2022

Lessons Learned: Curriculum Map As An Assessment Tool, Paul Antonellis

Academic Chairpersons Conference Proceedings

During this session, participants will learn about the steps taken to use curriculum mapping as an assessment tool, what worked well, challenges encountered, and recommendations going forward at the graduate and undergraduate level. The program will demonstrate how the program curriculum map can be linked to the general educational outcomes and aligned with intuition outcomes (Banta, 2014; Hundley & Kahn, 2019). Curriculum mapping will reveal program strengths and weaknesses before beginning the assessment process, avoiding costly mistakes in the assessment process. The mapping process will assist in determining which outcomes are assessed, when the outcome is assessed, and in which …


Accreditation And Assessment: What You Need To Know!, Frederick Burrack Apr 2022

Accreditation And Assessment: What You Need To Know!, Frederick Burrack

Academic Chairpersons Conference Proceedings

For many academic leaders, preparing for and successfully addressing accreditation expectations can be challenging. In this interactive session, a panel of representatives from multiple disciplines will provide advice and answer questions on how to prepare for and address accreditation expectations. Panel participants will be selected from assessment directors and program directors with successful experience in a variety of accreditation situations. Session participants will be invited to ask questions specific to their academic situations enabling the panel to provide insights toward a successful accreditation experience.


Assessment Basics: How To Implement An Effective Student Learning Assessment Process, Frederick Burrack Apr 2022

Assessment Basics: How To Implement An Effective Student Learning Assessment Process, Frederick Burrack

Academic Chairpersons Conference Proceedings

Assessment Basics is a workshop focused on understanding the purpose behind student learning assessment, strategies to guide curricular integration, and techniques to use data for program improvement. Participants will be involved in leadership techniques to transfer into their own context. Experience with assessment processes will enable academic chairpersons with skills to guide faculty involvement and promote self-review of data that leads to continual program improvement.


Achieving Learning Outcomes In The World Of Covid, Jeffrey Ward, Frederick Burrack Apr 2022

Achieving Learning Outcomes In The World Of Covid, Jeffrey Ward, Frederick Burrack

Academic Chairpersons Conference Proceedings

Presenters assessment will explore how focusing on the learning outcomes guides faculty into determining best instructional practices in a remote/hybrid delivery method, illustrating examples of faculty shifting from traditional face-to-face teaching strategies to remote or hybrid teaching strategies, while achieving the same learning outcomes.


Assessment Basics: How To Implement An Effective Student Learning Assessment Process, Frederick Burrack Apr 2022

Assessment Basics: How To Implement An Effective Student Learning Assessment Process, Frederick Burrack

Academic Chairpersons Conference Proceedings

Assessment Basics is a workshop focused on understanding the purpose behind student learning assessment, strategies to guide curricular integration, and techniques to use data for program improvement. Participants will be involved in leadership techniques to transfer into their own context. Experience with assessment processes will enable academic chairpersons with skills to guide faculty involvement and promote self-review of data that leads to continual program improvement. Assessments in higher education are crucial in providing indicators of the educational effectiveness and quality of its educational offerings. Assessments help students, instructors, and administrators answer various questions about student development, the value of specific …


Using Canvas Lms Learning Outcomes Assessment And Program Improvement, Frederick Burrack Apr 2022

Using Canvas Lms Learning Outcomes Assessment And Program Improvement, Frederick Burrack

Academic Chairpersons Conference Proceedings

This session will provide a step-by-step process of creating program outcomes in Canvas. These outcomes are aligned with assessment tasks through the scoring devices used in courses, internships, or other course-based means through which students demonstrate outcomes proficiencies. The session will provide a foundational understanding of the architecture of the Canvas Assessment Portal and how it connects with assessment tasks to automate data collection. Processes of working with programs and faculty will be shared that have been found to enable ownership of assessment processes. The session will end with the process of preparing data for analysis by faculty and program …


Continuing The Conversation On Collegiality, Angela Walters, Stacey Smith, Melissa Hunsicker-Walburn, Brooke Moore Apr 2020

Continuing The Conversation On Collegiality, Angela Walters, Stacey Smith, Melissa Hunsicker-Walburn, Brooke Moore

Academic Chairpersons Conference Proceedings

Are you interested in measuring and incentivizing collegiality? Do you have concerns with using collegiality for faculty development, merit, or tenure? Bring your experiences and perspectives to the table as three department chairs and their college dean (a lawyer) facilitate a healthy discussion on the measurement tools, legal landscape, and business case for collegiality.


Integrating Assessment With Teaching And Learning Excellence: A Proactive Model, Teresa Flateby, Patricia Gregg Apr 2020

Integrating Assessment With Teaching And Learning Excellence: A Proactive Model, Teresa Flateby, Patricia Gregg

Academic Chairpersons Conference Proceedings

Is your department a pocket of excellence? Through interactive case studies and discussion, you will learn how to systematically and proactively connect student learning assessment with curriculum and instructional planning. Walk away with a plan of concrete action steps to get in the pocket to maximize student learning.


Revealed: Secret Ingredients In The Chairperson’S Recipe For Assessment, Ryan Chung, Frederick Burrack, Kelva Hunger Apr 2020

Revealed: Secret Ingredients In The Chairperson’S Recipe For Assessment, Ryan Chung, Frederick Burrack, Kelva Hunger

Academic Chairpersons Conference Proceedings

Academic chairpersons often experience frustration or lack of support when helping faculty/staff develop and administer assessment processes. This session will provide information and strategies on how to effectively guide program assessment processes.


Losing As And Fs: What Works For Schools Implementing Standards-Based Grading?, Matt Townsley, Tom Buckmiller Jan 2020

Losing As And Fs: What Works For Schools Implementing Standards-Based Grading?, Matt Townsley, Tom Buckmiller

Educational Considerations

Learning goals such as the Common Core State Standards are helping educational leaders to better understand the critical role assessment and grading plays in the teaching and learning process. In response to the growing body of empirical research on the topic of accurate grading practices, a number of schools are moving away from letter grades and adopting standards-based grading which separately report learning goals from work habits. The purpose of this essay is to document what works when K-12 schools implement standards-based grading through a deep dive into related literature and to suggest areas for future consideration. With this improvement …


What We Can Learn From College Reform In The Eu, Jacqueline Kress Mar 2019

What We Can Learn From College Reform In The Eu, Jacqueline Kress

Academic Chairpersons Conference Proceedings

The Bologna Process—a curriculum reform encompassing 48 EU countries—engages faculty by discipline to articulate what students should be able to know, do, and understand at each degree level through academic dialogue. This session overviews its mechanisms and challenges and provides guidance for applying its lessons at US institutions.


Reality Check: Early Intervention In Gateway Courses, Barbara Brown Mar 2018

Reality Check: Early Intervention In Gateway Courses, Barbara Brown

Academic Chairpersons Conference Proceedings

Early each semester, most professors can identify which of their students may succeed and which may not, but they may not know the reasons why or how to respond. Systematic reporting on at-risk students can help both professors and students recognize performance issues and possibly intervene before it’s too late


Designing Assessments And Tools For Your Program, Robert D. Garrick Phd Mar 2018

Designing Assessments And Tools For Your Program, Robert D. Garrick Phd

Academic Chairpersons Conference Proceedings

Presenters and participants will discuss strategies and best practices available to chairs to involve faculty and external constituents in defining student learning outcomes (SLO), direct assessments and a process/department culture of continuous improvement.


Shifting The Culture Through Strategic Moves And Hires, Sarah Edwards Mar 2018

Shifting The Culture Through Strategic Moves And Hires, Sarah Edwards

Academic Chairpersons Conference Proceedings

Wondering how to motivate faculty to be the drivers for building and maintaining an assessment system that works? Join this session to consider how to make strategic moves and hires designed to have faculty own data and view assessment as a vital part of the faculty role.


Assessment Of Student Learning As A Driver To Departmental Development, Andrea Lassiter Mar 2018

Assessment Of Student Learning As A Driver To Departmental Development, Andrea Lassiter

Academic Chairpersons Conference Proceedings

Revising and revitalizing an approach to student learning assessment can be a meaningful growth experience. Being intentional about such development during regular academic planning and reporting cycles is central to leading faculty through change. This session will highlight some strategies that can be used to promote individual- and departmental-level development.


Leveraging Faculty Development And Assessment Efforts: A Case Study, Ryan Chung Mar 2018

Leveraging Faculty Development And Assessment Efforts: A Case Study, Ryan Chung

Academic Chairpersons Conference Proceedings

While assessment is critical for enhancement of student learning, it is rarely viewed explicitly as an essential aspect of faculty development. The presenter will share stories and experiences in developing and implementing assessment initiatives as faculty development, leading to strong culture of assessment at a research one institution.


Trends In Assessment: Implications And Opportunities For Department Chairs, Stephen P. Hundley Mar 2018

Trends In Assessment: Implications And Opportunities For Department Chairs, Stephen P. Hundley

Academic Chairpersons Conference Proceedings

Learn about trends in assessment from the executive editor of Assessment Update and chair of the national-level Assessment Institute. Attention will be paid to the role of the chair in creating a culture of assessment, supporting student success, and in using assessment results to inform department planning and improvement efforts.


Adult Learners Meaning Making Of An Adult Education Master’S Degree Program, Royce Ann Collins, Susan Yelich Biniecki, Constance Carpenter, Keondria Mcclish Jan 2018

Adult Learners Meaning Making Of An Adult Education Master’S Degree Program, Royce Ann Collins, Susan Yelich Biniecki, Constance Carpenter, Keondria Mcclish

Adult Education Research Conference

This paper discusses the results of a qualitative research study, which explored how adult learners make meaning of their lived experiences in an adult education master’s degree program. Eportfolio data and reflection requirements grounded within concepts of megacognition informed the assessment


Meaningful Reviews: Reframing Evaluation To Yield Positive Change, Sharon Decker Jul 2017

Meaningful Reviews: Reframing Evaluation To Yield Positive Change, Sharon Decker

Academic Chairpersons Conference Proceedings

This session will focus on how to reframe the culture of evaluation in order to encourage active and engaged faculty participation. The discussion will center on objectives, forms, and outcomes in order to create a process that will ultimately improve pedagogical techniques and philosophies.


Implementing Program And Department Advisory Boards, Karen Blaisure Phd, Bryce Dickey Ms, Linda Dove Ma, John Mcelroy Phd Mar 2017

Implementing Program And Department Advisory Boards, Karen Blaisure Phd, Bryce Dickey Ms, Linda Dove Ma, John Mcelroy Phd

Academic Chairpersons Conference Proceedings

Presenters will guide participants through a process to establish and maintain an advisory board for an academic program or department and will leave with ideas, suggestions, and a potential plan to share with faculty. Advisory board participation in assessment and improving academic curricula will be highlighted.


Scholarship Of Teaching And Learning: Developing A Culture Of Assessment, Jacqueline M. Disanto, Nelson Nunez Rodriguez, Antonios Varelas, Alisa Roost Mar 2017

Scholarship Of Teaching And Learning: Developing A Culture Of Assessment, Jacqueline M. Disanto, Nelson Nunez Rodriguez, Antonios Varelas, Alisa Roost

Academic Chairpersons Conference Proceedings

The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Initiative at Hostos Community College focuses on melding assessment and faculty development through a scholastic approach. In order to facilitate a campus-wide engagement in assessment, particularly related to the effectiveness of classroom instruction, the focus remains on individual expectations and talents, professional responsibilities, and using formative and summative assessment to improve student success and recidivism. This was initiated through open dialogue on the critical need for inquiry-based instruction, targeted presentations, and a sustainable network of support.


Celebrating Diversity: Using And Measuring The Impact Of Strengthsquest, Sarah Riforgiate, Jared Meitler, Tamara Bauer Aug 2016

Celebrating Diversity: Using And Measuring The Impact Of Strengthsquest, Sarah Riforgiate, Jared Meitler, Tamara Bauer

Institute for Student Learning Assessment

This panel fits the “Best-practice examples of instructional/assessment practice to develop diversity outcomes.” Students who experience StrengthsQuest based learning will have a greater appreciation for their own strengths and better understand/appreciate the actions of students with different strengths from their own. Each presenter has different outcomes and assessments in using the StrengthsQuest learning approach. In the Department of Communication Studies, Communication and Leadership class (COMM 535), students use strengths in class activities, to self-select more diverse work teams for a group project, and write self-reflections about how they are actively using their strengths to be successful as a student and …


Impacts Of Neoliberal Managerial Practices On Faculty Engagement In Student Learning Assessment, Christopher Urban Apr 2016

Impacts Of Neoliberal Managerial Practices On Faculty Engagement In Student Learning Assessment, Christopher Urban

Prairie Journal of Educational Research

Faculty perceptions of student learning assessment were examined in the context of neoliberal trends in higher education in this exploratory survey study. For this preliminary study, a small department consisting of sixteen faculty members was surveyed. Responding faculty rated themselves as highly engaged in assessment, and rated course uses of assessment as more important than institutional uses of assessment. Faculty perceived administrators as placing more importance on institutional uses over course uses, though the gap between administrators and faculty was less in course uses than in institutional uses. Faculty ratings of neoliberal manifestations at their institution varied considerably, with a …