Assessment Planning Workshops
Upcoming Assessment Workshops and Brown Bag Series
In addition to the Assessment Brown Bag Series and a Workshop on the Update Process, the Provost’s office now provides Assessment Insight Chats to allow you to receive feedback on your assessment work. 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.
Navigating the Assessment Update Process
Tuesday, September 22, 2020 | 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. | Zoom
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. Click here to register for the workshop.
Mindful with Measurements: Using Qualitative and Quantitative Data in Assessment
Wednesday, September 23, 2020 | Noon – 1pm | Virtual
Sponsored by: Student Affairs Assessment Leaders (SAAL)
With conversation spurred by a blog post, this moderated panel seeks to explore the differences in qualitative and quantitative data in student affairs assessment. Panelists will discuss the theories and methods that drive practical assessment method decisions. How do broader concepts like validity, fairness, and use impact our selection or design tools such as rubrics and surveys? How do we build a sound process to get the data we need? Moderated by Joe Levy, the panel features a wealth of experience from Ciji Heiser of Western Michigan University, Ross Markle of DIA Higher Education Collaborators, and Kate McConnell of the Association of American Colleges & Universities. Time will be set aside at the end for attendees to pose questions to the panel. RSVP Here
Use Self-Reflective Writing to Support Equity in Online Assessments of Student Learning
Wednesday, September 23, 2020 | 2:00 p.m.– 3:00 p.m. | Virtual
Sponsored by: The Association for the Assessment of Learning in Higher Education (AALHE)
To achieve equity in higher education, we must understand the circumstances under which assessment choices contribute to the perpetuation of equity gaps. Self-reflective writing is a culturally responsive form of assessment that supports student wellness, engagement, and awareness of learning. As we shift to online assessment of student learning, self-reflective writing can be used to document and deepen learning. In this webinar we will summarize research on the value of self-reflective writing, explain why it is considered to be a form of culturally responsive assessment, and provide concrete examples of ways traditional assessments of student learning can be modified into self-reflective assignments.To register for the webinar, please visit https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_6EjKI-XhRNWDriaaxo5zsw
Equity Minded Assessment: Webinar and Community Discussion
Thursday, September 24, 2020 | 3:00 p.m. – 4:30p.m. | Zoom
Sponsored by: Student Affairs Assessment Committee
Join Natasha Jankowski, Director of the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment for a short presentation followed by a community discussion on incorporating equity-minded practices into student assessment. For more information or if you will need disability-related accommodations in order to participate, please email the Beth Hoag at firstname.lastname@example.org or Ryan Young email@example.com. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time for meeting your access needs. Registration Link: Please RSVP to receive the Zoom link.
Survey Design 101
Thursday, November 19, 2020 | 3:00 p.m. – 4:30p.m. | Zoom
Sponsored by: Student Affairs Assessment Committee
Presenters: Beth Hoag and Raquel Mendizabal Martell
Come learn about the basics of survey design including question creation, format, and common errors. Registration Link: Please RSVP to receive the Zoom link.
“Let’s Talk Assessment” Brown Bag Series
October 2, 2020 | November 6, 2020 | December 4, 2020 | February 5, 2021 | March 5, 2021 | April 2, 2021
All meetings will be held 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. on Zoom
During these meetings, we will discuss various assessment topics (i.e., resources, issues and trends, and best practices) among individuals engaged in similar work across campus. The group will drive the discussion topics, so we welcome your good ideas and thoughts. We ask that you RSVP so we can plan accordingly. Click here to join our mailing list. Click here to view materials from past meetings. Click here to register for the October meeting.
Additional ways to engage . . .
Assessment Insight Chats
Tuesday & Thursdays through September from 2:45 p.m. – 5 p.m. by Appointment
We are now accepting appointments for our inaugural Assessment Insight Chats. These 30-minute sessions serve as an additional opportunity to receive feedback on your learning outcomes assessment process. Click here to schedule an appointment. If the current schedule conflicts with your availability, please contact Linell Edwards to request a specific date and time.
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. Click here to subscribe to today.
Student Affairs Assessment Listserv and Newsletter
You can subscribe to the Student Affairs Assessment List Serve by sending an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org and in the subject line write “subscribe sa-assessment.” This is a moderated listserve 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 you please contact Beth Hoag.
Past Assessment Workshops
“Let’s Talk Assessment” Brown Bag Series
September 6, 2019 | October 4, 2019 | November 1, 2019 | February 7, 2020 | March 6, 2020 | April 3, 2020 (CANCELED)
All meetings held at 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. in 500 Swanlund Administration Building
During these meetings, we will discuss various assessment topics (i.e., resources, issues and trends, and best practices) among individuals engaged in similar work across campus. The group will drive the discussion topics, so we welcome your good ideas and thoughts. We ask that you RSVP so we can plan accordingly. Click here to join our mailing list. Click here to view materials from past meetings.
Using Institutional Surveys as Evidence
Thursday, March 12, 2020 | 1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m. | 407, Illini Union
• 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.
Workshop materials can be found here: go.illinois.edu/WorkshopMaterialsMarch12
Assessment Update Workshop
Monday, September 9, 2019 | 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. | 500 Swanlund
During the workshop, we will review the assessment update form and answer questions about the update process. You are welcome to bring lunch. Click here to register for the workshop.
Student Affairs Assessment Committee: Assessment 101 Workshops
Writing Student Learning Outcomes
Presenter: Julia Makela (The Career Center)
Thursday, July 18, 2019 | 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. | 143 Arcade Building
What differences do your student affairs programs and services make in students’ lives Can you demonstrate impact and communicate the value of your services effectively? Come learn how and take the first steps in this hands-on workshop. Using step-by-step worksheets, we’ll write learning outcomes for your programs and services that are connected to the mission and strategic goals of Illinois.
Focus Groups 101
Presenters: Alana Harris (Campus Rec) and Belinda De La Rosa (Testing Center)
Thursday, May 23, 2019 | 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. | Meeting Room 3, ARC
Surveys are great but if you’re looking to understand participants at a deeper level, focus groups are where it’s at! Focus groups bring together a small group of people to develop a deeper understanding of their perceptions, opinions, beliefs and attitudes towards a particular topic. Join us as we demonstrate the array of purposes that focus groups can serve, identify different types of focus groups based on the goals of your work, and discuss the preparation required to conduct a focus group.
Building Your Own Surveys in Baseline
Thursday, April 25, 2019 | 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. | 2003 Student Dining and Residential Programs Building
Participants are encouraged to follow along as we provide step-by-step instructions for adding different question types, question options, customized display rules, and skip logic in the survey builder.
The Chancellor’s Senior Survey and Illini Success
Presenters: Linell Edwards (Office of the Provost) and Julia Makela (The Career Center)
Thursday, March 7, 2019 | 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. | 143 Arcade Building Building
Learn about the purpose and value of the Chancellor’s Senior Survey and the Illini Success Survey. Discover what data are available, and how to create your own customized queries through online dashboards designed for Illinois faculty and staff. You are encouraged to bring a laptop or tablet, as we will explore various uses of the dashboards by completing a series of scenarios that are tailored to the experiences of student affairs professionals
Presenter: Gianina Baker, National Institute of Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA)
Thursday, February 21, 2019 | 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. | 333 Education Building
Rubrics can play a key role in assessing student learning in a variety of contexts, in assessing the effectiveness of programs and degrees, and in creating a foundation for identifying and assessing equity gaps. In this workshop, attendees will participate in an assessment activity to better understand the use of rubrics.
Presenters: Esra Coskun and Jen-chien Yu (University Library)
Tuesday, January 22, 2019 | 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. | 314 Main Library
Tableau has revolutionized the data analysis task by allowing users to connect, visualize, and interact with data. Join us for an introductory workshop where you will learn how to make charts (scatter plots, tree maps, word clouds), apply analytics, create dashboards, publish and share your Tableau visualizations. The workshop will also cover the best practices for data visualization.