S1: The quality of HigherEd depends on effective and continuous assessment and evaluation to align student-learning outcomes with the program goals and prepare trainees for future employment. Program and course assessments require a working knowledge of assessment tools; however, trainees in biomedical sciences do not build competencies to lead assessment efforts. We developed a 1-year program to introduce graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in biomedical sciences to best practices in assessment and evaluation. Since assessment and evaluation are continuous endeavors, providing trainees with tools to perform these activities will develop skills for those pursuing biomedical-science faculty careers. We will share the program motivation, design, timeline, and outcomes to inspire participants to replicate the program at their institution. We will share lessons learned, including participants' impressions of the program and its value for the administrators. Lastly, we will share plans to sustain the program and engage participants to brainstorm project ideas to benefit their institutions.
Session Level: Beginner
Participants will be able to discover how to train graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in STEM to conduct assessments and evaluations through professional development opportunity.
Participants will be able to brainstorm ideas for projects at their institutions that can serve as experiential learning component if they choose to replicate the program at their institution.
S2: Approximately 32.9% of undergraduates do not complete their degree program (Hanson, 2022). As students reach courses that demand increased conceptualization of abstract ideas, application, and overall higher-level learning, repeated failing and disinterest increases. Said courses can benefit greatly if taught from the middle. Teaching from the Middle (TFM) means honoring what students bring to the learning environment, keeping previously learned information alive, and establishing connections to the courses and practical experiences that follow. This session will explore the value of assessing where students are at the start and end of a course to TFM. TFM implores educators to take inventory of who they are teaching, and intentionally connect to other courses and lived experiences. Through TFM students capitalize on their strengths while developing and improving new skills. During this session we discuss the value of assessment to TFM and explore effective strategies.
Session Level: Intermediate
Participants will be able to transform concept/theory to application.
Participants will be equipped with teaching/learning/assessment strategies with lasting impact that align with TFM.