Assessment: How Are We Doing?
FWIL engages in community-driven, responsive assessment of the four FWIL learning goals to explore how we - as a teaching community - are doing in providing instruction and practice for each one. Every year, we focus on a different one, and we build methods that support our collaborative inquiry.
For more information on how FWIL does assessment, see this PDF.
In 2017-2018, FWIL's assessment focus was on Critical Reading.
- Critical Reading recap and analysis of results (PDF)
- 2017-2018 FWIL Critical Reading Fellows
- Caroline Beer, Associate Professor of Political Science
- Paul Besaw, Professor of Music and Dance
- Jean Bessette, English GTA Supervisor / Assistant Professor of English
- Thomas Borchert, Associate Professor of Religion
- Tyler Doggett, Associate Professor of Philosophy
- Thomas Noel, Visiting Instructor of Chinese
- Kate Nolfi, Assistant Professor of Philosophy and the Honors College
- Holly Painter, Lecturer of English
- Helga Schreckenberger, Professor of Gender and Women's Studies, German, and Russian
In 2016-2017, FWIL's assessment focus was on Information Literacy. This also marked UVM's first large-scale assessment of a General Education area. Results were generally positive, while also indicating some specific areas for change and improvement.
In 2015-2016, supported by the Office of the Provost, FWIL conducted a pilot for International sections of ENGS1. Results were quite positive from the faculty perspective, with more mixed reactions from students.
- Focus Group Report (PDF)
- FWIL Multilingual Writing Fellows:
- Sean Abrams, Graduate Teaching Assistant of English
- Sheila Boland Chira, Senior Lecturer of English
- Emily Crist, Library Assistant Professor / Instruction Librarian
- John Mango, Graduate Teaching Assistant of English
- Rebecca McLaughlin, Lecturer of English
- Libby Miles, Director of Foundational Writing and Information Literacy / Associate Professor of English
- Deborah Noel, Senior Lecturer of English
- Benjamin Sienicki, Lecturer of Education / Global Gateways
In 2012-2013, the First-Year Writing Advisory Committee conducted a thorough mixed-methods feasibility pilot for teaching Foundational Writing and Information Literacy through the multiple pathways of ENGS1, HCOL85, and TAP seminars. Their conclusion: yes, with some important caveats. Read more about the FWIL pilot and the team who conducted it.