Topic: Strategies for Closing The Loop
Faculty Assessment Directors utilized a “Feedback Template” in their written responses to department chairs on Yearly Assessment Reports. This tool was useful to Faculty Directors and increased consistency of feedback. Department chairs found the feedback useful and reported increased faculty engagement with assessment.
Using the assessment process and results for program improvement make program assessment meaningful. Through interactive activities, the facilitator will introduce major ways for results to be used and guide participants to practice three facilitation strategies for collaborative faculty discussion on use of results.
What have we learned from focusing on learning? There are many important lessons, but more than anything else, we have learned to examine and engage learning in partnership with students. We have begun to move beyond the A-B-C-D barrier to awareness and understanding represented by letter grades. And we are increasingly focused on the assessment cycle: planning, communication, evaluation, reflection, analysis, adjustments -- and repeat. Along the way we have also learned something we try to help our students develop -- to work together in a collaborative learning community and share best practices.