We like to think that as a result of our teaching, our students actually learn something. But how would we know that? The philosophy of outcome assessment is that we should look for evidence of what our students can actually do (the 'outcomes') with the knowledge they gain.
Assessment of student learning outcomes benefits everyone. It gives students the satisfaction of knowing that they have actually learned something new because they can now do things they could not before. It helps teachers to determine if their teaching practices are effective. And it helps the institution prove to outside accrediting bodies that it is carrying out its mission and achieving its goals.
For as many discussions that occur about the value of academic assessment for teaching and learning, an equal number occur about concerns whether assessment activities will be considered “good enough” when subjected to the scrutiny of others. Those others may be professional accreditors, regional accreditors, administrators, or academic peers.
At the next UCITE session, Dr. Susan Perry, Director of Outcome Assessment at CWRU will tackle these issues. The purpose of this session is to clarify internal and external expectations for assessment, and to consider how assessment approaches might be developed that both meet all these expectations while at the same time provide useful data on student learning to improve academic programs. The expected outcomes for the session are that as a result of attending, participants will be able to:
Please join us for this discussion from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. in the Herrick Room, which is on the ground floor of the Allen building (at the corner of Adelbert and Euclid).
Pizza lunch and sodas will be provided at the sessions. To help us estimate the amount to order, please let us know if you plan to attend this session by replying to this email to firstname.lastname@example.org.