Announcements & Workshops

January 2018 Assessment Training for Chairs and Academic Program Directors

These two training days—Thursday January 4th and Friday January 5th—will offer a series of sessions for academic department chairs and program directors, with different topics and levels offered to help you plan and move your program assessment forward. All chairs and directors of non-accredited academic degree programs are required to attend at least one session. A faculty member other than the chair/director can also represent a program, and all participants are welcome to register for more than one session.

Creating Your Assessment Cycle

January 4, 9:00-11:00, Livak Ballroom, Davis Center
Registration Required

The next phase in UVM Assessment Initiative is our goal to have sustainable, cyclical assessment plans in place for most programs by the end of Spring 2018. This two-hour workshop is recommended for Chairs, Directors, Faculty and others involved with planning assessment for their academic program, and will be an effective way for teams to jumpstart assessment planning work.

The session will lead you through the steps of sustainable assessment planning, and includes working time for teams or individuals to identify current activities, consider ways to reduce barriers and outline next steps. Participants should come with a copy of their current program-level outcomes and some information of what assessment is already in place or has been done in the past. If your program does not yet have a set of updated program-level outcomes, please contact the facilitator for an individual session before attending the workshop.

Facilitator: J. Dickinson


Lunch/Workshop for Graduate Program Coordinators

January 4, 11:30-1:00, Livak Ballroom, Davis Center
Registration required

This lunch workshop is designed specifically for graduate program coordinators or faculty tasked with assessment of a Masters or PhD level program. We will discuss the process of developing outcomes, how to plan for assessment within a specific degree program, and how to report and use the results of assessment.

Lunch included.
Facilitator: J. Dickinson


Introduction to Curriculum Mapping for Program Assessment

January 4, 1:00-2:30, Livak Ballroom, Davis Center
Registration required

Participants are encouraged but not required to take Parts 1 and 2 of the Assessment series before taking this workshop.

This workshop for department/program chairs, assessment coordinators and faculty will offer an introduction to curriculum mapping in the higher education context, with a focus on curriculum mapping at the program/major level. After introducing curriculum maps and exploring some examples, participants will have the opportunity to work on a section of curriculum map for their program and map out next steps to pursue with their department. After the workshop, participants can continue to receive support as their department develops a curriculum map and assessment plan.

Some departments may wish to send a small team (2-3 people) to the workshop. Participants should bring a copy of their current program-level learning outcomes. If your program does not yet have a set of updated program-level outcomes, please contact the facilitator for an individual session before attending the workshop.

Facilitator: J. Dickinson


Introduction to Direct Assessment

January 5, 9:00-10:30, Livak Ballroom, Davis Center
Registration required

Participants are encouraged to take "Creating Your Assessment Cycle" or "Intro to Curriculum Mapping" workshops before taking this workshop.

This workshop is open to chairs, program directors, assessment coordinators and faculty teams working on assessment in their program. Due to the applied nature of the workshop, small teams are especially encouraged to attend.

This workshop focuses on how to select, collect, organize, and assess examples of student work to gauge student progress towards program-level learning outcomes. The workshop begins with a discussion of different ways to directly assess student progress towards learning outcomes, and helps participants identify possible assignments/assignment types that may be good candidates for direct assessment processes.

The workshop will also cover different approaches to evaluating student work as part of program-level assessment; planning and organizing a direct assessment session (e.g. rating day or targeted faculty discussion); and processing and making sense of the results of your direct assessment. Teams or chairs may wish to identify a particular outcome they would like to gather data on prior to attending the workshop

Facilitator: J. Dickinson


Open/Group Consultation Time for Program Chairs/Assessment Coordinators

January 5, 10:30-12:00, Livak Ballroom, Davis Center
Sign up here

This is open consultation time. Sign up, then drop in any time during this session for a consult or to work in an interactive environment. Some consults may take a "group" format depending on the number of drop ins at any given time. Consultation topics can include: Review of your program outcomes; review of your assessment plan form; consults on how to move forward/take the next step in working with your department.

Facilitator: J. Dickinson


Writing a Student-Friendly Version of Your Outcomes

January 5, 12:00-1:00, Lunch/Workshop, Livak Ballroom, Davis Center
Registration required

Can students and prospective students read your program outcomes and understand what your program offers them? Many departments write their program-level outcomes for a faculty and administrative audience, with an eye towards assessment. However, discipline-specific vocabulary and writing style may leave students and prospective students struggling to understand what a major in your program offers.

Additionally, well-crafted outcomes language could help raise student interest in your program. This workshop will help you create a version of your program outcomes that communicates to students, and is an appropriate length to add to your department webpage—your primary communications vehicle.

Lunch included.
Facilitators: J. Dickinson and Megan Thomas (University Communications)


Open/Group Consultation Time for Program Chair/Assessment Coordinators

January 5, 1:00-3:00, Livak Ballroom, Davis Center
Sign up here

This is open consultation time. Sign up, then drop in any time during this session for a consult or to work in an interactive environment. Some consults may take a "group" format depending on the number of drop ins at any given time. Consultation topics can include: Review of your program outcomes; review of your assessment plan form; consults on how to move forward/take the next step in working with your department.


PAST WORKSHOPS

Part 1: Introducing the Assessment Plan Form: An Overview for Chairs
2017: August 15, September 11, September 26, October 18
This half-hour session introduced the basic components of the Assessment Plan Form, followed by Q & A.
Download PDF of slides

Part 2: Creating an Assessment Cycle for your Program
2017: August 15, September 12, October 4, October 19
This session led participants through the steps of sustainable assessment planning, and included working time for teams or individuals to identify current activities, consider ways to reduce barriers and outline next steps.
Download PDF of slides

Part 3: Introduction to Program-Level Curriculum Mapping
2017: August 16, September 13, October 5, October 30
This workshop introduced department/program chairs, assessment coordinators, and faculty to curriculum mapping in the higher education context, with a focus on the program/major level. Participants worked on sections of the curriculum map for their program and mapped out next steps.
Download PDF of slides

Part 4: Introduction to Direct Assessment Techniques for Outcomes Assessment
2017: August 16, September 14, October 10, November 1
This workshop focused on how to select, collect, organize, and assess examples of student work to gauge student progress towards program-level learning outcomes. Topics covered included: an overview of different approaches to evaluating student work as part of program-level assessment; choosing assignments or other examples of student work for assessment; planning and organizing a direct assessment session (e.g. rating day or targeted faculty discussion); and processing and making sense of the results of a direct assessment.
Download PDF of slides


Introducing the Assessment Plan Form: An Overview for Chairs (Non-externally accredited programs), April 2017, These sessions introduced the basic components of the Assessment Plan Form, followed by Q & A.
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Introduction to Curriculum Mapping for Program Assessment, January 24, 2017
This workshop for department/program chairs and assessment coordinators (unit or department) offers an introduction to curriculum mapping in the higher education context, with a focus on curriculum mapping at the program/major level.

Assessment Trainings for Chairs and Program Directors , Level 1 and 2, January 5 and 6, 2017
These interactive workshops walk participants through the steps that departments and programs can follow to create a sustainable assessment plan.

Assessment Training - January 2016
Facilitated by Barbara Walvoord.
Download PDF (UVM Netid/Password required)

Introduction to Curriculum Mapping for Program Assessment
October and November 2016
Download Intro to Curriculum Mapping and Sample Mapping Tool