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Aligning assessment at the institutional level

"Developing an assessment procedure to enhance student learning outcomes in critical thinking/information management"
Sean McKitrick, Binghampton University, New York, USA

"United States Naval Academy Case Study: Using the Adoption of Innovation Literature to Guide Institutional Strategies for Assessment"
Dr. Peter Gray, United States Naval Academy, USA

Expert facilitator: Dr. Steve Ehrmann, The TLT Group, USA - folder icon Download review

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Overview: This case study describes the initial organization of an assessment process that evaluates student performance with regard to critical thinking and information management, a general education student learning outcome at Binghamton University (State University of New York) which is assumed to be integrated throughout the university’s general education curriculum. This case study adopts an organizational perspective toward assessment, positing that without including key faculty groups in initial attempts to assess learning outcomes, and without a central system for implementing assessment efforts, impacting curriculum, teaching, and learning in critical thinking/information management is a most difficult task. The case study applies to universities, university divisions, departments, and programs that desire to learn about organizational strategies of assessment that, in the end, could impact teaching, curriculum, and pedagogical initiatives that affect student learning. This case study fits under the theme “great designs for assessment” and “institutional strategies (designs) for assessment.”

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Overview: One of the biggest challenges is for a campus community to go from viewing assessment as an innovation engaged in by a relatively small number of early adopters to its institutionalization as part of the campus culture. This case study describes the path that the United States Naval Academy is taking to make such a transition. The literature on the adoption of innovation provides the guiding principles for this effort (see Gray 1997). As Hall, Loucks, Rutherford, and Newlove (1975, p. 53) have pointed out, “Innovation adoption is a process not a decision-point–a process that each innovation user experiences individually.” The purpose of using the guiding principles of innovation adoption is to ensure that assessment at the Naval Academy is meaningful, manageable, and sustainable (The Program Assessment Consultation Team 1999) and, ultimately, to achieve horizontal and vertical integration of assessment efforts as described in the Middle States Commission on Higher Education Characteristics of Excellence (2006).

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A chat session was held here with the Authors and Expert facilitator on the 29th May from 16:00 - 17:00 UK time (BST). You may view a transcript of this chat from the link below.

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RE: Research on student learning outcomes assessment at the program level? sehrmann | 31/05/2007 12:55
sehrmannSeveral people have raised questions about the difficulty of working from summative data of what students have learned; it often provides little guidance about how to improve their learning in the future. It's worth looking for exceptions to that...
RE: Comments on papers; questions for authors and participants sehrmann | 31/05/2007 12:34
sehrmannDerek, you asked about studies that seek to relate instructors' investment of time in teaching to student learning or satisfaction. My knowledge of the literature is fragmentary, but I do recall one study which I summarized several years ago on: ...
RE: Research on student learning outcomes assessment at the program level? Sue Saltmarsh | 31/05/2007 03:11
Sue SaltmarshHi Stephen...I agree with your comment that the assessment of outcomes doesn't necessarily give much guidance for how learning might be improved, especially given that students often seem to be resistant to engaging in learning activities unless they...
RE: Comments on papers; questions for authors and participants DerekRowntree | 30/05/2007 23:52
DerekRowntreeYou say, Stephen, that: "...workload is a slippery concept. I've only seen one study of how much time instructors spend teaching a course, and it was a small pilot. But findings hinted that the time/course was more a matter of individual style or pre...
RE: Assessment and workload DerekRowntree | 30/05/2007 18:06
DerekRowntreeThanks Stephen, those are useful looking resources you've drawn to our attention.