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Assessment Workshops

Spring 2017 Learning Outcomes Lunches (LOLs)

The Center for Teaching Excellence will host several lunch workshops (LOLs) this Spring to assist departments as they evaluate student learning within their degree programs and the KU Core.

There are two types of sessions: General workshops that focus on the "big ideas" of student learning outcomes assessment; and Process workshops that build on one another in sequence to guide departments through the nuts-and-bolts of degree-level and KU Core assessment. In both cases, the LOLs focus on short presentations followed by the discussion of specific illustrative examples. Participants will leave with several types of resources to help them continue the practice of assessment in their home department.    

Included below are the dates and descriptions of each LOL session. All sessions run from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM with lunch service beginning at 11:50 AM. All sessions will be held in the Center for Teaching Excellence located in the southwest corner of Budig Hall, Room 135.

Questions or requests for assistance with your department's assessment needs can be directed to Joshua Potter in the CTE at joshuadpotter@ku.edu

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GENERAL WORKSHOPS

Curriculum Redesign - Monday, February 20
Does your department offer courses that overlap with one another in content? Is there some critical subject in your discipline that never receives treatment in a classroom? This workshop offers an opportunity for faculty or teams of faculty from within the same department to reflect on their department’s goals for student learning and explore how those goals map into their department’s course offerings.    

Student Performance Beyond Grades - Thursday, March 9
Are you tired of reducing student performance to letter grades? Have you ever wanted to evaluate students’ competencies and engagement in a more holistic manner? This workshop offers some instruction and guidance on crafting and applying evaluation rubrics that are aimed at capturing information on many of the “bigger questions” surrounding student success.      

Teaching and Evaluating KU Core Goal 4 - Thursday, March 30
Does your department offer courses that have been Core-certified for Goal 4: Culture and Diversity? This workshop will guide faculty and department leaders in brainstorming about ways to teach and measure students’ understanding of diversity in the classroom. We’ll work together to define diversity competence in terms that are meaningful for your discipline and then develop rubrics to capture important learning outcomes in line with those definitions.   

Sign up for one of these sessions here: https://ku2017learningoutcomes.wufoo.com/forms/mvzj1pa0wmiwk1/

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PROCESS WORKSHOPS

#1 Basics of Program Assessment - Monday, April 3
This session will introduce participants to program assessment as a continuous process of defining learning objectives, constructing measurements of student learning, collecting and evaluating data, and revising curricula and courses in line with results. We will discuss why assessment is becoming important on college campuses and devise strategies to make the work of assessment more manageable in your department.  

#2 Sampling Student Work from Courses - Thursday, April 6 
This session is geared towards instructors whose courses have been selected to help assess program learning outcomes. Participants will discuss ideas for aligning their course assignments with both their course objectives and program learning outcomes. We will also review methods for evaluating and grading student work toward both these ends.

#3 Reviewing and Revising Your Assessment Plan - Tuesday, April 18 
Participants in this session will use the assessment plan feedback form recommended by the KU University Academic Assessment Committee to conduct self-assessment or peer review of their assessment plans. We will discuss best assessment practices to help participating programs further refine their plans and ready those plans for implementation.

Sign up for one of these sessions here: https://ku2017learningoutcomes.wufoo.com/forms/mvzj1pa0wmiwk1/

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Fall 2017 Learning Outcomes Lunches (LOLs)

In early September, we will also announce the continuation of the Process Workshops for the Fall 2017 semester.

#1 Basics of Program Assessment - September 2017, TBD 
This session will introduce participants to program assessment as a continuous process of defining learning objectives, constructing measurements of student learning, collecting and evaluating data, and revising curricula and courses in line with results. We will discuss why assessment is becoming important on college campuses and devise strategies to make the work of assessment more manageable in your department.

#4 Interpreting and Applying Assessment Results - September 2017, TBD
This session will engage faculty, staff and/or department heads who are responsible for interpreting and reporting their assessment results in a conversation on making sense of assessment results to inform their decision-making and program improvement. Participants are encouraged to bring their own assessment data for discussion.

#5 Reporting Assessment Online - October 2017, TBD 
This low-tech session will walk you through the reporting process on Assessment Systems Online. We will talk about how to respond to the questions required by the annual report as well as how to enter the data in an online system in a way that many other assessment activities can cross-reference.


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