Funds for this project supported three phases over three years.
This phase included the development of a Learning Assessment Research Consortium that consisted of seven New England colleges and universities (five founding institutions plus two additional institutions in Phase 1), representing a variety of institutional types. In the initial phase, Consortium Institutions (CIs) engaged in an analysis of assessment education needs among faculty, administrators, and staff at participating CIs. The resulting analysis informed the subsequent phases of the project.
This phase consisted of the development of a modular Learning Assessment Curriculum that includes training components with facilitation guides suitable for both online and face-to-face delivery. Six modules, incorporating many sub-modules, were created including content areas covering essential basics such as developing course- and program-level goals and objectives and assessing general education competencies. More advanced topics such as data collection for learning outcomes assessment, involving students in learning outcomes assessment, and assessment for change are also included.
This curriculum offers a menu of learning opportunities that can be customized depending on an institution’s or an individual’s needs. Based on the data collected in the analysis completed in phase one, these components were developed for a range of audiences including individual faculty members across disciplines, departments, and colleges, as well as administrators and staff.
Phase three of the grant included the pilot testing and revision of the Assessment modules by stakeholders across the CIs. This final phase of the grant was also devoted to articulating the CI outcomes that have resulted from the implementation of the Assessment Modules across the Consortium. The curriculum modules and facilitation guides, as well as findings regarding institutional outcomes, are being distributed regionally through professional presentations, scholarly articles, and our web presence.