College of Humanities and Fine Arts Spring Faculty Meeting Student Learning in CHFA Majors and Assessment February 13, 2008 Program prepared by the CHFA SOA Committee Addressing the Issues: Learning Outcomes How did departments decide what learning goals and outcomes to assess? Learning Outcomes continued: Paired Discussion: Has your department used any of these methods for identifying learning goals and outcomes? Would any of the methods discussed here work in your department? Addressing the Issues: Faculty Involvement How did you become involved in Student Outcomes Assessment (SOA)? How has your department encouraged faculty commitment and involvement? Faculty Involvement Continued: Paired Discussion: In your department, how involved do faculty want to be/need to be with SOA? What methods would you suggest for encouraging faculty commitment? Addressing the Issues: Assessment Methods How did you choose the assessment methods? How were they developed? What are some of your methods? Critical Reading Rubric SOPHISTICATED COMPETENT PARTIALLY COMPETENT COMPREHENSION --Distinguished/extracted main --Distinguished/extracted main --Failed to recognize main ideas/thesis idea/thesis, but could be more clear: idea/thesis --Paraphrased clearly and writing sample included additional or --No apparent ranking of concisely unnecessary ideas related to main most important --offers examples/ideas that idea/thesis; omitted ideas important ideas/thesis support main thesis/idea of the text to understanding the main idea/thesis --Needs to work on --Paraphrased clearly, but could be paraphrasing clearly and more concise concisely --examples only partially support main idea/thesis ANALYSIS --Makes clear and comprehensive --Makes somewhat clear connections --Links between examples connections between examples between examples and main and main idea/thesis need and main idea/thesis idea/thesis or, only some connections to be forged between examples and main idea/thesis are made SYNTHESIS --Question has significant --Question has some implications for --Question does not reveal implications for strengths/weaknesses of author's an understanding of the strengths/weaknesses of author's thesis strengths/weaknesses of thesis the author's thesis Addressing the Issues: Assessment Methods continued Paired Discussion: What are some methods you have tried or some methods that you would like to try? Addressing the Issues: Using the Data What were some of the findings from your assessment? What are you doing now with the results? How is SOA connected to other curricular initiatives in your department? Addressing the Issues: Using the Data Paired Discussion: How are you connecting SOA with other curricular initiatives in your department? Addressing the Issues: What Challenges Have You Faced in Implementing Assessment? Some in our department are concerned that SOA is a fad and are unwilling to invest time and energy in it as a consequence. Our small major has little data in any given year on which to base curricular decisions. Confusion remains in our department about the purposes of assessment. Does it focus on individual students? The curriculum? Our biggest challenge is remembering what we did last year and what we have promised to do next year. We live in the assessment present! We wish assessment weren’t an “add on” and that we could embed meaningful assessment more often in what we already do in the classroom. What are the respective responsibilities of department heads and faculty for assessment? Should heads be entirely “hands-off?” We don’t have time to do high quality assessment, which would require the collaborative examination of a large number of artifacts generated by students in our large major. Challenges Continued: Paired Discussion: From the list of challenges, on the previous slide, choose one to discuss. Brainstorm solutions and write them on the giant post-it note. Addressing the Issues: Future Directions Please fill out the following survey before leaving today. How can individual departments in CHFA be supported in their SOA work? What are some strategies for CHFA to use to continue to build a culture of assessment?
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