Professional Development

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.

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 Pathassessment phases

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
  • Improve
  • Reflect

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