Assessment Roundtable

Fall 2018Spring 2018 | Fall 2017 


 

 

Fall 2018

 

Classroom teaching observations: A how-to

Thursday, Septemeber 20, 2018 - 1:00pm
Rubenstein Library 249

  • Many faculty indicate that they would benefit from peer-led observations of their classroom teaching.  Program officers often share that evaluations from in-class observations would supplement course evaluation reports.  This session shares best practices for organizing, for oneself or for faculty colleagues, rigorous classroom-based teaching observations and feedback. 

Questions discussed in this session include: 

  •     How might an individual instructor solicit observations from a faculty peer? 
  •     What types of feedback can or should the observed instructor expect? 
  •     How might a program use observational information in conjunction with mid-term or end-of-term course evaluations? 
  •     Can such observations contribute to a program's annual or multi-year assessment efforts?

Resources: PowerPoint Slides

 

An introduction to the teaching and assessment of undergraduate writing

Tuesday, October 9, 2018 - 11:30am
Rubenstein Library 249

  • Facilitated by Professor Cary Moskovitz, Director of Writing in the Disciplines
  • Many of our academic programs have identified written communication as one of their primary student learning outcomes.  Across our academic curricula and co-curricula, there's a broad commitment to teaching writing as a tool for reflection, analysis, and communication.  This session introduces key concepts for teaching writing in the disciplines: articulating objectives, constructing appropriate writing tasks, giving effective feedback, developing sounds evaluative methods, aligning writing skills development across courses in a program, realistic considerations of faculty labor, and others.

Resources: Contact with inquiries

 

Natural and Quantitative Sciences lunch

Wednesday, October 31, 2018 - 12:00pm
Griffith Board Room

  • Join guests Dick MacPhail (Chemistry) and Len White (Neuroscience) to discuss current assessment work in the Natural and Quantitative Sciences. Department representatives from other academic divisions are welcome to attend. 

 

Humanities breakfast

Thursday, November 1, 2018 - 8:30am
Griffith Board Room

  • Join guests Cori Crane (German) and Barbara Dickinson, Tyler Walters, and Keval Khalsa (Dance) to discuss current assessment work in the Humanities. Department representatives from other academic divisions are welcome to attend.

 

Social Sciences breakfast

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 - 8:30am
Griffith Board Room

  • Join guests  Laura Bey and Dennis Clements (Global Health) to discuss current assessment work in the Social Sciences. Department representatives from other academic divisions are welcome to attend.

 

Certificate programs breakfast

Friday, November 9, 2018 - 9:00am
Griffith Board Room

Join guests Deb Reisinger (Markets and Management Studies) and Misha Angrist (Science and Society) to discuss current assessment work in the certificate programs. Department representatives from other academic divisions are welcome to attend.

 

Excellence in teaching: Supporting graduate student instructors

Monday, November 12, 2018 - 12:00pm
Rubenstein Library 249

  • Facilitated by Dr. Cisco Ramos and Dr. Hugh Crumley, both of the Graduate School
  • Trinity College and the Graduate School are deeply committed to the professional development of graduate students as instructors.  Our academic departments share this commitment, and often they request additional guidance to (a) structure graduate student skills development and (b) to assess the degree to which graduate students are developing as effective teachers.  This introductory session explores such questions as:
    •    What are your learning outcomes for graduate student instructors?
    •    What are some useful training models for new graduate student instructors?
    •    How might a graduate student instructor self-assess his or her teaching? 
    •    What are the most effective ways of delivering feedback to graduate students so that they can use it to improve their practice? 

Resources: Contact with inquiries


 

Spring 2018

 

Assessing intercultural learning

 Wednesday, January 10, 2018 - 2:00pm
Rubenstein Library 249
  • Guest speaker Darla Deardorff will share and discuss with us new thinking in intercultural/global education.  
  • Special emphasis on ways of understanding and assessing how students are learning in intercultural contexts.

Resources:  Contact with inquiries

Assessing courses at mid-semester

Monday, January 22, 2018 - 2:00pm
Bevan 1001 (Parking passes provided)
  • What practices are most likely to provide helpful information while the course is in progress?
  • What options are there for administering mid-term course evaluations?
  • Are there other ways of collecting feedback from students, besides formal evaluations?

Resources:  PowerPoint slides

 Monday, January 29, 2018 - 1:00pm
 Bevan 1001 (Parking passes provided)
  • How can we characterize our expectations of student employees as Student Learning Outcomes?
  • Can these learning outcomes inform the training and evaluation of student workers?
  • To what degree might our expectations for student employees align with the objectives of undergraduate education at Duke?

Resources:  PowerPoint Slides

 Tuesday, February 6, 2018 - 1:30pm
Rubenstein Library 349
  • How can we leverage the research traditions of our discipline for use in assessment of learning?
  • How do we know which type of evidence is most likely to tell the story of learning in our program?
  • Do we have to use numbers to explain student learning?
  • Why are you asking us to prioritize “direct” evidence over “indirect” evidence?
  • How should we judge our findings?  Against whose standards?

Resources:  PowerPoint Slides

 Monday, March 5, 2018 - 8:30am
Rubenstein Library 349

Event intended for Trinity College assessment liaisons. This is a follow-up to the October 2017 session. It will address:

  • What questions can we ask of available course evaluation reports?
  • What questions are asked on the enrolled student and senior surveys?
  • What can we do with grade data, and what should we avoid?
  • How do we triangulate sources of evidence?

Resources:  PowerPoint Slides

 Monday, March 19, 2018 - 2:00pm
Rubenstein Library 349
  • Can we make the notion of “critical thinking” more concrete?  What does it look like?
  • How do we represent critical thinking in the curriculum and co-curriculum?
  • How does the Office of Assessment operationalize and measure critical thinking?

Resources:  Available following presentation

 Tuesday, March 27, 2018 - 10:00am
Rubenstein Library 349
  • Guest speakers Emily Daly and Joyce Chapman, from Duke University Libraries, will introduce their recent study of the experience of first-generation students using Duke’s libraries.  In addition to reflection on their research findings, the discussion will include ways of exploring the experiences of 1G students generally and current university initiatives to support 1G students.
 Tuesday, April 3, 2018 - 12:00pm
Perkins Library 217
  • Event intended for Trinity College assessment liaisons.  Buffet lunch served.  RSVPs to joan.shipman@duke.edu are requested. 
  • This is our semesterly assessment liaison luncheon, made possible by Dean Valerie Ashby and her team.  Please join us for small-group conversations about assessment in your programs:  what works, where you’re struggling, and how the College can support your work.  Groups will be pre-assigned based on similarity of mission, student learning outcomes, and approaches to assessment of undergraduate learning.  Assessment staff will facilitate sharing of effective practices and challenges among faculty peers.

Resources:  Available following presentation

 Monday, May 7, 2018 - 8:30am
Perkins Library 217

In facilitated small-group discussions, participants will explore the following questions:

  • What have you learned from your assessment efforts this cycle?  What do you plan to do differently next year?
  • How do you communicate the results of your study on student learning back to faculty?
  • How do you communicate the results of your study on student learning back to students?
  • What opportunities do you have to share your assessment work outside of Duke?

Resources:  PowerPoint Slides

Thursday, May 3, 2018 - 8:30am
Wednesday, May 9, 2018 - 11:00am
Tuesday, May 15, 2018 - 9:00am
Thursday, May 17, 2018 - 3:00pm
Monday, May 21, 2018 - 1:00pm
Wednesday, May 23, 2018 - 3:00pm
Tuesday, May 29, 2018 - 3:00pm
Thursday, May 31, 2018 - 8:30am
 
Bevan 1001 (Parking passes provided)

Events intended for Trinity College assessment liaisons.

  • Liaisons are required to submit the 2017-18 department assessment portfolio by June 1, 2018. 
  • Participants will learn about new functions in the portfolio.
  • Participants will migrate work from the 2016-17 cycle to the present academic year.


 

 

Fall 2017

 

Writing and evaluating student learning outcomes versus program objectives

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 - 2:00pm
Perkins 217
  • Participants will be able to articulate the difference between a Student Learning Outcome and a Program Objective
  • Participants will be able to identify and articulate their program specific Program Objectives; ideally reflecting and complementing the program’s mission and associated student learning outcomes.
  • Participants will identify and/or update the measures necessary to collect this information.
  • Participants will be able to set reasonable targets and know how to evaluate them.
  • Participants will identify a time/structure for reporting this work to garner feedback from faculty colleagues.
  • Participants will be able to use the new “program objectives” feature in the Department Assessment Portfolio

Resources: Recorded PresentationPresentation Slides - Handout 1 -  Handout 2

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - 1:00pm
Rubenstein 349 (Breedlove)
  • Participants will understand difference between Holistic and Analytic rubrics.
  • Participants will understand the relationship between course-level and program-level rubrics.
  • Participants will describe viable use cases for program-level portfolios.
  • Participants will begin the process of developing a rubric for the assessment of program-level student learning outcomes.
  • Participants will understand the importance of rater calibration, and be able to apply basic techniques to promote validity and reliability of rubric-based data.
  • Participants will report this work back to faculty colleagues in the near future.

Resource:  Presentation slides

Monday, October 16, 2017 - 1:00pm
1:00 – 2:00 pm in Rubenstein 349 (Breedlove)
  • Assessment liaisons are required to submit the 2017-18 department assessment portfolio by June 1, 2018. 
  • Participants will learn about new functions in the portfolio.
  • Participants will understand how to migrate work from the 2016-17 cycle to the present academic year.

Resource:  Presentation slides

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 10:00am
Perkins 217
  • Report examples include COFHE enrolled student and senior surveys, Tableau program informational reports, course evaluations.
  • Participants will identify and report the types of data they’re already collecting.
  • Participants will be become familiar with other types/sources of data (course, program and college wide) they already have access to.
  • Participants will brainstorm the ways in which these data sources support the program’s student learning outcomes.

Resources:  Recorded Presentation - Presentation slides

Thursday, October 26, 2017 - 12:30pm and Wednesday, November 1, 2017 - 9:00am
Bevan 1001 (parking passes provided)
  • Participants will be able to access interactive reports containing information about undergraduate student learning in their programs. 
  • Participants will understand the general types of data available and how they may be used to supplement ongoing evaluations of student learning.
  • Data include measures of ethical reasoning, global perspectives, critical thinking, reflective judgment, and starting in 2015 quantitative reasoning and literacy
  • The dashboards also include information about the composition of your student population, any relevant pre-matriculation inputs (e.g., SAT scores), co-incidental majors and minors, outcomes at graduation, and other attributes. 
Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - 9:00am
Rubenstein 249 (Carpenter)
  • Assessment liaisons are required to submit the 2017-18 department assessment portfolio by June 1, 2018. 
  • Participants will learn about new functions in the portfolio.
  • Participants will understand how to migrate work from the 2016-17 cycle to the present academic year.
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - 1:00pm
Perkins 217
  • Participants will understand the difference between quantitative and qualitative data.
  • Participants will know how to align assessment measures with the types of data they wish to collect.
  • Participants will be able to identify commonly-used and easily-accessed tools, usually free, for making sense of quantitative and qualitative data. 
  • Participants will be able to judge which techniques to use when analyzing data.

Resource: Presentation Slides