Title

Working with Faculty Members to Assess Student Learning: Lessons from the Five College BL Initiative

Streaming Media

Submission Type

20-minute Presentation

Abstract

Instructor buy-in is crucial for any classroom success, but assessment can seem like a particularly freighted term for many educators. In this session, Luke Phelan, the Student Learning Assessment Specialist for the Blended Learning Initiative at the Five College Consortium, will discuss how to engage with faculty members at various stages of course design and execution. Sharing some of the struggles and achievements from the past year of blended learning projects, he will review experiences where this engagement has been effective, with an eye towards strategy. Examples from courses that have made use of student blogs, video lectures, and complex group projects will illustrate sites of opportunity. Drawing on work being done by the Smith College Department of Psychology to rethink their full curriculum, he will demonstrate an instrument developed to assess student writing for how well it reflects an understanding of research methods, and share some insights into understanding pedagogical effectiveness.

Session

Assessment and Blended Learning, Presentation

Start Date

5-19-2016 1:30 PM

End Date

5-19-2016 2:45 PM

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May 19th, 1:30 PM May 19th, 2:45 PM

Working with Faculty Members to Assess Student Learning: Lessons from the Five College BL Initiative

Instructor buy-in is crucial for any classroom success, but assessment can seem like a particularly freighted term for many educators. In this session, Luke Phelan, the Student Learning Assessment Specialist for the Blended Learning Initiative at the Five College Consortium, will discuss how to engage with faculty members at various stages of course design and execution. Sharing some of the struggles and achievements from the past year of blended learning projects, he will review experiences where this engagement has been effective, with an eye towards strategy. Examples from courses that have made use of student blogs, video lectures, and complex group projects will illustrate sites of opportunity. Drawing on work being done by the Smith College Department of Psychology to rethink their full curriculum, he will demonstrate an instrument developed to assess student writing for how well it reflects an understanding of research methods, and share some insights into understanding pedagogical effectiveness.