Assessment Professional Development
The Assessment Team (A-Team) aims to nurture and sustain a culture of continuous improvement in teaching and learning through outcomes-based, evidence-informed, and learning-centered professional development opportunities. Through a scaffolded approach to faculty professional development, the A-Team works to aid in the understanding of and engagement with assessment of student learning. Opportunities for professional development include workshops, supported faculty projects and fellowships, and other outreach during the year. Scroll down to learn more about workshops, project funding, and fellowships. Interested in joining? Please see this information.
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Outcomes for Professional Development in Assessment
Assessment outreach and professional development will be continuously evaluated and revised to ensure ongoing, relevant, and sustainable support for faculty. Assessment professional development will be designed to:
- Encourage self-reflection as a teacher and learner
- Foster and support collaboration within and across departments
- Increase the use of evidence for continuous improvement of teaching and learning
- Increase confidence and agility with using evidence to inform teaching and learning
- Improve individual, team, and institutional capacity for engaging in assessment
- Provide structured opportunities for faculty to offer each other feedback and support
Recommended Assessment Development Path
Where are you in your assessment journey at this moment? The list below can be used as guidance to help you determine where you are currently in the on-going cycle of assessment. Some of you may find your work is in multiple phases. That’s the messy, cyclical nature of assessment. Professional development will be available to help support you in any of these areas and help you move on to the next phase of your assessment cycle. Learn more about assessment phases
- PLAN, PREPARE
- COLLECT, ANALYZE, SHARE
Assessment Readiness Workshops
Workshops provide support to help faculty prepare to engage in deeper assessment of student learning. Workshops may cover topics such as:
- Fundamentals of student learning assessment
- Developing assessable course learning outcomes
- Mapping of course outcomes to Core Learning Outcomes (CLOs)
- Creating formative and summative assessments
- Developing shared rubrics and other course materials
- Understanding and using direct and indirect evidence
- Other topics depending on professional development needs and requests
Team Assessment Projects
Are you ready to take your assessment process to the program/discipline level with a team of colleagues? If you have refined your course learning outcomes, mapped your curriculum/courses to CLOs, and embedded Course and Core Learning outcomes in course materials, you may be ready to develop the tools, measures, assignments, and supplemental materials used to assess student attainment of course and Core Learning outcomes. Project funding is available for teams to participate in an assessment project that will eventually lead to artifact assessment.
Faculty Assessment Fellowships
Fellowships are for faculty who have previously participated in assessment projects or assessment work in their department or division. Assessment Fellows lead colleagues in creation of assessment tools and development of processes for regularly assessing courses and programs in their discipline/department. Fellows will receive guidance and support from the A-Team and IRAP throughout their fellowship.
- Level 1: Mapping and Tools Creation
- Level 2: Artifact Scoring
How are fellowships different from projects?
Projects are where faculty teams typically start in order to further develop their understanding of assessment. These are smaller projects and require less time commitment. Faculty assessment fellows take on a significant leadership role that goes beyond the project level. Fellows are responsible for building team confidence in assessment work and for guiding their discipline team in all aspects of CLO mapping, tool development, and artifact scoring.
Fellows start at Level 1, working collaboratively to develop the tools and establish team norms and practices before moving into Level 2. In Level 2, fellows will guide artifact scoring sessions, data collection, and analysis (with help from institutional research and A-Team leadership).