Self-Study Training

 

The Training:

Session 1: The Language of Assessment (1 hour)

Objectives:

  1. Gain better understanding of the language of assessment
  2. Eliminate the confusion of commonly used terminology
  3. Prepare for the subsequent discussions with a consistent set of terminologies
  4. Understand the use of taxonomy language

Description of Presentation:
In the first session, we introduce the terminology commonly used in program assessment and discuss the misunderstanding of program assessment due to inconsistent use of terminology. The intention is to "clear the air" and lay the foundation for meaningful discussions on topics related to assessment, such as assessment processes, assessment planning, assessment instruments, and evaluation.

  

Session 2: Assessment for Quality Assurance (1 hour)

Objectives:

  1. Gain an understanding of a quality assurance assessment process
  2. Understand better how the components of assessment are interconnected
  3. Prepare for a more thorough discussion of assessment techniques and best practices in the future
  4. Understand assessment cycle
  5. Understand the similarities of assessment cycle for non-academic units

Description of Presentation:
In the second session, we introduce a quality assurance assessment model that illustrates the interconnectedness of the terminology introduced in session 1. We will walk through the cycle of assessment and discuss each assessment component and its role. We will also have a work exercise as an example to illustrate the essential concept of correlating the mission with educational objectives.

  

Session 3: Tracking and Assessing Teaching/Learning Effectiveness – an Example (1 hour)

Objectives:

  1. Understand the need to (a) teach topics aligned with the student outcomes (b) ensure the right level of challenge (c) focus teaching based on the teaching needs of each student, and (d) implement instructional strategies to increase student achievement
  2. Understand the fundamental characteristics of course outcomes assessment

Description of Presentation:
In this session, we introduce the Faculty Course Assessment Report (FCAR), to be completed at the end of each semester, as a means to capture lessons learned, document the objective evidence collected, close or generate action items for improvement, and evaluate course delivery against student outcomes. We will discuss and demonstrate how each FCAR, in meeting its individual designated student outcomes, can be integrated to meet the student outcomes of the overall program.

  

Session 4: Assessing Student Outcomes – an Example (1 hour)

Objectives:

  1. Understand the use of performance vector table to assess student outcomes
  2. Understand what goes into the executive summary

Description of Presentation:
In this session, we make use of mapping key assignments to student outcomes from each FCAR to assess the effectiveness of each student outcome. We will discuss and demonstrate how each student outcome can be assessed in depth based on a matrix of relevant courses and evaluate with confidence whether the program meets, exceeds or is below expectation. We will focus on the use of taxonomy language in this part of the final evaluation to see where your students' learning measured against student outcomes. At the end, we will show how all these collective data should be put together into a meaningful final executive summary.

  

Session 5: The commission's expectations for self-study (1 hour)

Objectives:

  1. Understand the requirements for self study
  2. Understand the end goal of self-study report

Description of Presentation:
In this session, we will discuss the commission's expectations for planning and assessment, instititutional plans, and reporting. We will also discuss our own expectations for the final report.

  

Session 6: The commission's expectations for self-study design (1 hour)

Objectives:

  1. Understand the requirements for self study design
  2. Understand the end goal of self-study design
  3. Understand the link between the self-study design and commission standards and expectations

Description of Presentation:
In this session, we will discuss the commission's expectations for self-study design and the relevant research questions - what resources can we use and where to find them.

  

Session 7: Assessing with performance vectors (1 hour)

Objectives:

  1. Understand the EAMU performance vector for assessment
  2. Understand the roll-up of performance vector table for standards

Description of Presentation:
In this session, we will discuss a systematic means of using the EAMU performance vector for assessing each standard and ways to roll up data for final evaluation. We will look into ways to define guidelines or rubrics for the EAMU performance vector.

  

Session 8: Working session on generating research questions (1 hour)

Objectives:
Develop skills in generating relevant research questions

Description of Presentation:
In this session, we will walk thru together ways to generate research questions.