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. Scroll down to learn more about workshops, project funding, and fellowships.

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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 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

Team Assessment Projects

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Are you ready to refine your course learning outcomes, map your curriculum/courses to CLOs, and embed Course and/or Core Learning outcomes in course materials and assignments? Or, are you ready to develop the tools, measures, assignments, and supplemental materials used to assess student attainment of learning outcomes? Project funding is available for faculty to participate in an assessment project or projects that will enhance the ability to assess student learning and contribute to continuous improvement of the learning environment.

Use this link to find information about project proposals and the online submission form

Faculty Assessment Fellowships

Fellowships are for faculty who will be providing leadership for developing and carrying out a comprehensive assessment plan. Faculty fellows lead peers in completing multiple assessment projects, such as 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 institutional researchers throughout their fellowship.

Fellowship levels

  • Level 1: Mapping and Tools Creation
  • Level 2: Artifact Scoring   

How are fellowships different from projects?

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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).

Use this link to learn more about fellowships and apply.

Past Events

2018 Workshops

  • Meaningful, Measurable, Manageable Course Learning Outcomes
  • Introduction to Core Learning Outcomes (CLOs)
  • Rubric Fundamentals
  • Go Deeper with Rubrics
  • Inspired Assignments

2017 Spring Conference Workshops

  • What's in a Learning Outcome? Setting Clear and Manageable Course Expectations
  • Plotting Your Course on the General Education Map: Mapping Course Outcomes to Lane's Core Learning Outcomes
  • Taking Stock: Developing a Plan for Student Learning Assessment in Your Corner of the Campus

What are Lane's Core Learning Outcomes and Why Do They Matter to Me? (2015)