2014 Symposium on Assessment of Learning

Faculty, staff, and graduate students participated in UCSC's first assessment symposium held on October 17, 2014 from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM.  The event featured presentations and round table discussions by faculty and graduate students from UCSC and UC Merced about assessing student learning, evidence-based improvement, and mentoring graduate students in pedagogy and assessment.


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Assessment Symposium, October 17th

8:30 Coffee

9:00 Opening Remarks

Bill Ladusaw, Dean of Humanities, Herbie Lee, VPAA, and Tyrus Miller, VP and Dean of Graduate Studies

9:25 Program Learning Outcomes Assessment

9:25 Program Assessment at UCM. Laura Martin, Coordinator of Institutional Assessment

9:40 DIY Tools for Grad Program Assessment: An Approach and Some Examples. Rick Dale, Associate Professor, Cognitive Science, UCM

9:55 Assessment and Curriculum Development. Yue Lei, LSOE, Applied Mathematics, UCM

10:10 Getting Buy In: Departmental Collaboration at the Start of the PLO Process. Elisabeth Cameron, Professor, History of Art and Visual Culture, UCSC

10:25 Q&A

10:30 Coffee Break

10:50 Mentoring Graduate Students in Assessment and Pedagogy

10:50 Overview: Council of Graduate Schools Grant Project. Anne Zanzucchi, Co-Director, MWP; LPSOE School of Social Science, Humanities, and Arts and Angela Winek, Coordinator CGS Project; Lecturer, MWP.

11:05 CGS Learning Community Dynamic and Related Teaching Project: Thorough Feedback to Support Scientific Writing Skills. Carrie Menke, LPSOE, Physics and Leily Kiani, Graduate Student, Physics (Faculty Mentor and Graduate Student Partnership)

11:20 What Does Our Graduate Mentorship Communicate To Graduate Students About Pedagogy and Assessment? Some Reflections on Narrowing the Divide. Tyrus Miller, VP and Dean of Graduate Studies, UCSC

11:35 Assessment as a Tool for Program Design in Sociology. Amy Moffat, Graduate Student (project partnership with Nella Van Dyke, Associate Professor, UCM)

11:50 Q&A

12:00-1:15 Working Lunch Break Assessment support

12:45 Assessment Support: UCM’s Students Assessing Teaching and Learning (SATAL) Program. Adriana Signorini, UCM Assessment Coordinator, Center for Research on Teaching Excellence

1:00 UCSC’s Institutional Research, Assessment & Policy Studies: Supporting faculty with in-depth analysis of direct and indirect evidence. Rose Grose and Erin Toolis, Graduate Student Researchers in Institutional Research, Assessment & Policy Studies, UCSC

1:20 Critical Issues in Learning Assessment: Roundtable Discussions

Topic 1) “Assessment as Pedagogy: Course to Program” led by Carrie Menke, Physics, UCM

Topic 2) “Engaging with colleagues in assessment and program improvement” led by Noriko Aso, Associate Professor, History, UCSC

Topic 3) “Representing Assessment: Tenure and the Job Market” led by Mike Dawson, Associate Professor, Evolutionary Biology, UCM

1:20 5-7 minute introductions to each topic by the three Faculty representatives

1:40 Break out Session (3 groups, facilitated by Faculty representatives) Focus: Benefits, Challenges and Strategies for addressing each topical area

2:10 Each group shares and guides discussion regarding its conclusions in relation to Benefits, Challenges and Strategies (10 minutes for each group/topic)

2:40 Coffee Break

3:00 Assessment as Pedagogy

3:00 How do Entry Level Biology Students Learn and Succeed at UC Merced. Sarah Abboud, Graduate Student, Biology and Liza-Gomez Diaglio, Graduate Student, Biology, UCM

3:15 Improving Oral Reading Skills Through Topic Engagement. Mabel Bowser, Graduate Student, World Cultures (Foreign Languages), UCM

3:30 Student Self Assessment as a Learning Tool in Calculus. Mario Banuelos, Graduate Student, Applied Mathematics, UCM

3:45 Q&A

3:50-4:00 Closing Remarks

Anna Sher, Assistant Director for Assessment, UCSC, and Laura Martin, Coordinator of Institutional Assessment, UCM


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