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Direct Assessment and Curriculum Mapping

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Assessment Workshop Scallions

Creating and Using the Assessment Template in BbLearn

Through a collaboration between faculty, instructional designers and assessment staff, a template has been created in BbLearn to help connect the course to the overall program and to make integrating assessment simpler. The template will also be ADA compliant for accessibility based on the latest standards, thus making it easier for faculty members to make sure that all students will be able to access the information.

In this workshop, attendees will learn how to:

  • Set up template in BbLearn that focuses on assessment
  • Tie the course level outcomes/assessments into the curriculum
  • Assure that the course is ADA compliant and accessible

Assessing the DSLP’s in Your Courses

The Drexel Student Learning Priorities (DSLP) include six core intellectual and practical skill areas and 6 experiential and applied learning areas of competency. While these are program-specific learning outcomes, are these competencies in your course? Should they be? Join us for a discussion on when and how to integrate the DSLPs into your course.

At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Revisit the DSLP definitions and frameworks
  • Identify which DSLPs are appropriate learning outcomes for their course(s)
  • Create ways to assess these competencies in their course(s)

Mapping the Curriculum to the Program Level Outcomes and DSLPs

What general knowledge or skills do we want graduates of Drexel to have? What specific skills and competencies do we want students to gain upon completion of our programs? How do we make sure that these topics are introduced, reinforced and assessed? The answer to this question is a curriculum map. This workshop will focus on how to create a curriculum map for a program in order to track the progress of both the program level outcomes and the Drexel Student Learning Priorities.

At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Identify elements for a curriculum mapping package
  • Analyze relationships between DSLP’s, program outcomes, Course outcomes and activities related to learning assessment
  • Develop a curriculum map of program outcomes to courses
  • Identify the value of integrating curriculum mapping with learning assessment outcomes

Direct Assessment of Program Level Outcomes and Course Level Outcomes

This workshop will describe the major assessment methods by which faculty and programs can collect data on student performance and curriculum effectiveness. Each method will be briefly described and potential applications will be discussed. Assessment methods will be placed in the greater context of curriculum design and mapping. Several case studies will be examined to illustrate the utility of specific approaches.

At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Describe several assessment methods along with their advantages and disadvantages
  • Explain the difference between direct and indirect assessment
  • Choose the appropriate assessment to obtain valid data to evaluate specific student and program outcomes
  • Apply assessment strategies when undertaking curriculum design or re-design

Data Analysis and Interpretation: Closing the Loop

How many times have you collected data only to have it go onto a shelf? Many times the most important step of analyzing and using the information for improvement is the step that is skipped. This workshop will focus on 3 different case studies where Drexel faculty/staff have used data to make informed decisions.

At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss three different examples of closing the loop
  • Determine how to use their own data to attempt to make improvements