Half-day Morning Pre-conference Workshop -
Wednesday, June 6th • 09.00 AM – 12.00 PM
Making Assessment Work for You: Strategies to Bring Meaning to your Civic Engagement Efforts
Sponsored by ETS
There are two parts of an effective assessment process that scare many practitioners in higher education: developing student learning outcomes and identifying which data to use. Most have engaged in the process of writing learning objectives, often because it was an institutional or program requirement and often without seeing much benefit to or impact upon their work. Similarly, we’ve all dreaded that moment when asked to provide data to support our program, class, or initiative. Yet these two practices (a) don’t have to instill fear, and (b) are actually especially pertinent in the area of civic learning. Student learning outcomes help to articulate your particular approach to civic learning and/or engagement, which is critical for conversations both within and outside of your institution. Identifying appropriate data – either for demonstrating effectiveness or guiding improvements – also has particular importance in the civic learning space, mostly because there are so many types of data that can be applied (e.g., surveys, rubrics, tests, enrollment outcomes, grades). But how do you determine and organize the appropriate data sources that most closely relate to your work? Presenters in this workshop will focus on practical strategies in both of these areas, providing attendees with concrete tools and strategies that can immediately impact their courses, programs, centers, and institutions.
Organizers: Abe Goldberg, Executive Director of the Center for Civic Engagement and Associate Professor of Political Science, James Madison University; Ross Markle, Senior Assessment Strategist, Higher Education Division, ETS; and Dena Pastor, Associate Director of Assessment Operations – Center for Assessment & Research Studies and Professor of Graduate Psychology, James Madison University