Assessment Planning Workshops

Assessment Planning Workshops, Brown Bags, and Insight Chats

Assessment Workshops

Please register for the session if you can attend, or if you are interested in the topic, and you cannot attend. We will share materials with everyone who registers for the workshops.

Orientation for Program-Level Assessment Liaisons

Thursday, September 15, 2022 | 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. | Zoom

Presenters
• Staci Provezis, Associate Provost in the Office of the Provost
• Linell Edwards, Coordinator in the Office of the Provost

This session is designed for new and returning program-level assessment liaisons who would like to know more about the learning outcomes assessment process at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. The presenters will define “assessment” and explain the expectations for this work. Attendees will be made aware of various resources to facilitate the learning outcomes assessment work in their units.

Access the orientation workshop materials.

Learning Outcomes Assessment Planning

Tuesday, November 15, 2022 | 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. | Zoom

Presenters
• Staci Provezis, Associate Provost in the Office of the Provost
• Linell Edwards, Coordinator in the Office of the Provost
Additional presenters TBD

This workshop is designed to introduce the next phase of learning outcomes assessment at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and to help programs develop robust learning outcomes assessment plans to ensure students are acquiring the desired knowledge, skills, and competencies.

Register for this planning workshop

Making Sense of Learning Outcomes Assessment Results

Tuesday, March 21, 2023 | 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. | Zoom

Presenters
• Staci Provezis, Associate Provost in the Office of the Provost
• Linell Edwards, Coordinator in the Office of the Provost
Additional presenters TBD

What do your assessment results say about your students and the program, overall? This workshop is designed to help programs evaluate and interpret learning outcomes assessment evidence. Representatives from various programs will discuss their process for collecting, evaluating, and interpreting learning outcomes assessment evidence.

Register for this assessment results workshop

Completing the Learning Outcomes Assessment Update for AY 2022-23

Thursday, April 13, 2023 | 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. | Zoom

Presenters
• Staci Provezis, Associate Provost in the Office of the Provost
• Linell Edwards, Coordinator in the Office of the Provost
Additional presenters TBD

During this session, we will provide guidance on completing the Learning Outcomes Assessment Update that is due October 1, 2023. An overview of Learning Outcomes Assessment at Illinois and revisions to the Assessment Update form will be discussed. The purpose and expectations of the learning outcomes assessment process at Illinois will also be discussed. Representatives from the Council for Learning Outcomes Assessment (C-LOA) will reflect on their experience as reviewers and provide suggestions for faculty and staff who are preparing to submit the Assessment Update for AY 2022-2023.

Register for this assessment update workshop

Assessment Brown Bag Series

“Let’s Talk Assessment” Brown Bag Series

September 2, 2022 | October 7, 2022 | December 2, 2022 | February 3, 2023 | May 5, 2023

All meetings will be held 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. on Zoom

The Assessment Brown Bag series provides an opportunity for informal discussions around various assessment topics and for feedback on learning outcomes assessment related projects.  View materials from past sessions. Join our mailing list to receive meeting invitations and updates. Register below to receive a Zoom link.

Additional resources and materials from past meetings can be accessed via the Learning Outcomes Assessment Community shared Box folder.
For more information, please contact Linell Edwards or Staci Provezis.

Assessment Insight Chats

Assessment Insight Chats

Need additional feedback on the learning outcomes assessment process for your unit? Then sign-up for an Assessment Insight Chat. These 30-minute sessions serve as an opportunity to address any questions or concerns you might have about the learning outcomes assessment process. Schedule an appointment.

Additional ways to engage . . .

LOAC-list

The Learning Outcomes Assessment Community Listserv (LOAC-list) was created for faculty and staff engaged in learning outcomes assessment work across campus. LOAC-list serves as a platform for learning outcomes assessment focused discussions, resources, and feedback. As a subscriber, you can post messages to the listserv and indicate how often you want to receive messages from the listserv. Subscribe to the LOAC-list.

The Loop: Learning Outcomes Assessment @ Illinois

The Loop is a newsletter designed to keep faculty and staff informed of learning outcomes assessment activities taking place around campus, while also providing resources for those engaged in program-level learning outcomes assessment work. Subscribe to The Loop.

Student Affairs Assessment Listserv and Newsletter  

You can subscribe to the Student Affairs Assessment List Serve by sending an email to: sa-assessment-request@lists.illinois.edu and in the subject line writing “subscribe sa-assessment.” This is a moderated listserv that will be used to send the monthly newsletters, distribute announcements about upcoming assessment related events, and post discussion topics.  If you have questions or difficulty subscribing, please contact Beth Hoag.

Recent Past Assessment Workshops

Completing the Learning Outcomes Assessment Update for AY 2021-22 

April 14, 2022 | 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Zoom

Presenters
• Staci Provezis, Associate Provost in the Office of the Provost
• Linell Edwards, Coordinator in the Office of the Provost
• Fatima Husain, Professor in the College of Applied Health Sciences
• Brenda Lindsay, Teaching Full Professor in the School of Social Work

During this session, we will provide guidance on completing the Learning Outcomes Assessment Update that is due October 1, 2022. An overview of Learning Outcomes Assessment at Illinois and revisions to the Assessment Update form will be discussed. This year’s workshop will also address myths and realities of learning outcomes assessment. A panel of Council for Learning Outcomes Assessment (C-LOA) members will reflect on their experience as reviewers and provide suggestions for faculty and staff who are preparing to submit the Assessment Update for AY 2021-2022.

Access the assessment update workshop materials.

Navigating the Assessment Process: Exemplary Learning Outcomes Assessment at Illinois 

Wednesday, April 20, 2022 | 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Zoom

Presenters
• Staci Provezis, Associate Provost in the Office of the Provost
• Linell Edwards, Coordinator in the Office of the Provost
• Stephanie Smith, Associate Professor of Curriculum & Instruction in the College of Education
• Lynn Burdick, Faculty Development Coordinator for Curriculum & Instruction in the College of Education
• Brian Allan, Interim Associate Director of Academic Affairs and Professor of Entomology in the School of Integrative Biology
• Joshua Herbold, Associate Professor of Accountancy in the Gies College of Business

Each year the Council for Learning Outcomes Assessment, also known as C-LOA, reviews the annual Assessment Updates and identify programs that are engaged in exemplary learning outcomes assessment work. Less than 10% of programs receive this designation each year. During this workshop, assessment liaisons from programs that were identified as exemplary for AY 2020-21 will discuss their assessment process and provide insights into best practices.

Access the assessment process workshop materials.

Completing the Assessment Progress Report 

April 7, 2021 | 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Zoom
Presenters:
• Staci Provezis, Associate Provost in the Office of the Provost
• Linell Edwards, Coordinator in the Office of the Provost
• Fatima Husain, Professor in the College of Applied Health Sciences
• Christopher Seals, Assistant Professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine

During this session, we will provide guidance on completing the Assessment Progress Form that is due October 1, 2021. An overview of Learning Outcomes Assessment at Illinois and revisions to the Progress Report Form will be discussed. A panel of Council for Learning Outcomes Assessment members will reflect on their experience as reviewers and provide suggestions for faculty and staff who are preparing to complete the Progress Report for AY 2020-2021.

Access the progress report workshop materials.

Writing Student Learning Outcomes
April 14, 2021 | 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Zoom
Presenters:
• Cheelan Bo-Linn, Senior Specialist in the Center for Innovation in Teaching & Learning
• Staci Provezis, Associate Provost in the Office of the Provost
• Linell Edwards, Coordinator in the Office of the Provost

In this interactive workshop, you will learn what are the characteristics of good learning outcomes, how to write learning outcomes at different levels, how to use Bloom’s taxonomy to create appropriate level of learning outcomes, and what ways backward design can be used to create program level learning outcomes. Please bring your program’s current learning outcomes with you, so you can work on them during the session.

Access the writing workshop materials.

Assessing Critical Thinking and Communication Skills
April 21, 2021 | 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Zoom
Presenters:
• Staci Provezis, Associate Provost in the Office of the Provost
• Linell Edwards, Coordinator in the Office of the Provost

The cornerstone of a college education is critical thinking and communication. Most programs list these two areas as learning outcomes to some degree. During this interactive session, participants will find out ways to effectively assess these important skills at the program level. Please bring along at least two student work products with identifying information removed, so you can examine them during the session using the AAC&U VALUE rubrics.

Access the critical thinking and communication workshop materials.

Navigating the Assessment Update Process
Tuesday, September 22, 2020 | 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. | Zoom
Presenter(s):
• Staci Provezis, Office of the Provost
• Linell Edwards, Office of the Provost
• Anna Dilger, College of Agricultural, Consumer & Environmental Sciences
• Justin Aronoff, College of Applied Health Sciences
• Min Zhan, School of Social Work

During this session, we will provide guidance on completing the Assessment Update Form that is due October 1, 2020 and highlight aspects of exemplary assessment updates. Panelist will provide an overview of their program’s assessment update process including barriers/challenges and key takeaways. Please register for the workshop if you can attend, or if you are interested in the topic and you cannot attend. We will share materials with everyone who registers for the workshops.

Access the assessment update workshop materials.

Using Institutional Surveys as Evidence
Thursday, March 12, 2020 | 1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m. | 407, Illini Union
Presenters:
• Staci Provezis, Associate Provost for Academic Effectiveness (Office of the Provost)
• Linell Edwards, Coordinator for Assessment and Evaluation (Office of the Provost)
• Alexis Thompson, Assistant Dean for Student Success (Graduate College)
• Julia Makela, Associate Director (The Career Center)

The primary goal for this session is to share information about various institutional surveys and discuss how survey data can be used for learning outcomes assessment work at the program level. Panelist will provide examples from various units across campus. Participants will have the opportunity to apply institutional survey data to a case study and receive feedback on program specific data questions. Laptops are not required.

Access the institutional surveys workshop materials.

Workshop materials can be found here.