From Student Feedback to University Accreditation


This post supports a free TLT Group webinar
The Harvesting Gradebook: From Student Feedback to University Accreditation

The event is now available as an archive made Friday, September 25, 2009  2:00 pm (ET)

Theron DesRosier, Jayme Jacobson, Nils Peterson, & Gary Brown
Office of Assessment and Innovation, Washington State University

This webinar is an extension of our previous thinking “Learning from the Transformative Gradebook.” Prior to (or following) the session, participants are invited to review a previous session and demonstration of these techniques being applied at the course level

During the session, participants will be invited to pilot our Assessment of Assessment rubric on a program-level accreditation report and to discuss the broader implications of the strategies proposed.

This hour long session will:

1. Review WSU’s model implementations of the Harvesting Gradebook that can be used to gather feedback on student work and the assignments that prompted it. (Background on Harvesting Gradebook)

2. Show how data from harvested assessments at the course level can flow up, providing direct evidence of learning outcomes at the program, college and university levels.

3. Demonstrate a systemic assessment process that applies a common assessment of assessment rubric across the all university’s assessment activities

4. Invite the audience to provide feedback on the Assessment of Assessment rubric by assessing an accreditation report. The goals of the hands-on activity are to:

  1. Gather feedback on the rubric
  2. Demonstrate time effective means of gathering feedback from a diverse community on assessment activities

5. New perspective on  Curricular Mapping, using harvested data.

Further Reading

The Prezi document used in the session (requires Adobe Flash).

Harvesting Gradebook in Production: We have been investigating the issues on the WSU campus surrounding taking the harvesting gradebook into production. While all the integrations with WSU Student Information Systems are not in place yet, we can see a path that automates moving student enrollments from the registrar to create a harvesting survey and moving the numeric scores from the survey back to the instructor where they might combine with other course scores to create the final grade that can be uploaded to the Registrar. A mostly automated pilot is being implemented Fall 2009.

Student Evaluations of Program Outcomes: The presentation references the idea of using student course evaluations to gather indirect evidence on the course’s achievement of the program’s learning outcomes. For several years, WSU’s College of Agriculture Human and Natural Resource Sciences (CAHNRS) has used a course evaluation college wide that asks students their perception of how much the course helped them developing skills in: thinking critically, writing, speaking, working on a team and other dimensions that align with university learning goals. We have explored gathering the faculty goals related to these skills and comparing them to the student perceptions.  To date, this data has not been systematically rolled up or used as evidence in accreditation self-studies.

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