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Title: Assessment of GE Synthesis


1
Assessment of GE Synthesis
2
Topics
  • Assessment Guidelines
  • Example Assessment Questions
  • Example Assessment Methods
  • Summary
  • Challenges

3
GE Synthesis Assessment Sub Committee
  • W. Girouard-IME
  • P. deFreitas-EWS
  • N. Fernandez-IGE
  • M. Godfrey HRM
  • C. Caenepeel - CME

4
GE Synthesis Assessment Guidelines
  • Use Qualitative or Quantitative Measurements
  • Determine Course Effectiveness Relative to
  • Expected Educational Outcomes
  • Identify Methods for Improving Course

5
Suggested Techniques for Assessment
  • Questionnaire (not a test)
  • Portfolio
  • Class Interview by Instructor
  • Assessment Paper
  • Exit Interviews
  • Focus Groups
  • Various Types of Surveys

6
GE Synthesis Course Categories
  • B4-Science Technology
  • C4-Humanities
  • D4-Social Sciences
  • Interdisciplinary

7
Assessment Strategies for
  • B4-Science Technology Synthesis Courses

8
Key Assessment Questions for B4 Synthesis (31
Courses)
  • How to Improve Course?
  • Does Large Enrollment Detract?
  • Would You Recommend Course?
  • How Well Does Course Meet Goals?
  • Is Teaching Method Effective?
  • What Hindered Learning?
  • What Assisted You Most?

9
Key Assessment Questions for B4 Synthesis (31
Courses)
  • How Course Improved Understanding?
  • How Important were Educational Objectives?
  • How to Improve Educational Objectives?
  • Did Course Use Prerequisite Knowledge?
  • Did Course Fit B4 Guidelines?
  • What about Course may be used in Future Career
    Field?
  • What Class Information Helped Student Reach
    Conclusion?

10
Key Assessment Questions for B4 Synthesis (31
Courses)
  • Did Student Outcomes Match Expected Outcomes?
  • What Topics were Most Interesting /or Useful?
  • How did Course Hold your Interest?

11
Assessment Methods for B4 Synthesis(31 Courses)
  • Use Dept. Course Objective Questionnaires
  • Extract info.from Essay part of Exam
  • Encourage Large Group DiscussionRequire Reaction
    Paper
  • Evaluate Student Posters that Focus on Specific
    Aspect of Course
  • Use Intragroup Peer Review

12
Assessment Methods for B4 Synthesis(31 Courses)
  • Use End of Course Written Evaluation-Subjective
  • Use GIFTGroup Instructional Feedback Technique
    (Numerical Rating)
  • Require Five Summary Page Review
  • Explain how Ed Objectives were Covered in
    Exercises
  • Require Weekly Reaction Paper

13
Assessment Method of B4 Synthesis(31 Courses)
  • Rate Importance of Ed Obj. Suggest How to
    Improve Them.
  • Review Portfolios
  • Interview Class by Instructor
  • Use Focus GroupSurvey
  • Conduct Group Exit Interviews
  • Use Early , Midway Final Course Surveys

14
Assessment Strategies for
  • C4-Humanities Synthesis Courses

15
Key Assessment Questions for C4 Synthesis (8
Courses)
  • Did Course use Humanities Prerequisites?
  • Did Course Provide Deeper Understanding of
    Particular Area of Humanities?
  • Did Course Promote Critical Thinking Problem
    Solving?
  • How Effective was Course in Achieving Educational
    Objectives?
  • Did Course Draw on Life Experience?
  • Did Course Cause You to Think in Synthetic Ways?

16
Key Assessment Questions for C4 Synthesis (8
Courses)
  • How Should Course be Improved?
  • Did Course Give New Perspective on American
    Ideology?

17
Assessment Methods for C4 Synthesis (8 Courses)
  • Use Special Oral Assignments
  • Use Special Written Assignments
  • Solicit Feedback from Questionnaire
  • Review Portfolios
  • Conduct Class Interviews
  • Observe in Class Focus Group
  • Evaluate Class Surveys

18
Assessment Methods for C4 Synthesis (8 Courses)
  • Perform Content Analysis of Sample of Student
    Writing
  • Compare First vs last paper

19
Assessment Strategies for
  • D4-Social Science Synthesis Courses

20
Key Assessment Questions for D4 Synthesis (13
Courses)
  • Has Course Demonstrated Importance of
    Understanding Contemporary Issues?
  • Has Course Used Social Science Prerequisites?
  • How Effective was Course Coverage of Educational
    Objectives?
  • Has Course Provided a Deeper Understanding of an
    Area of Social Science?
  • Did Course Promote Critical Thinking Problem
    Solving ?

21
Assessment Methods for D4 Synthesis (13 Courses)
  • Review Assessment Paper with Quantitative Ratings
    Explanations
  • Conduct Reviews by Accrediting Board, Advisory
    Council Curriculum Committee
  • Conduct Content Analysis of Written Assignments
  • Perform End of Course Survey to Rate Coverage of
    Ed. Objectives

22
Assessment Methods for D4 Synthesis (13 Courses)
  • Require Development of Portfolio- Comparing Lower
    Div vs Synthesis
  • Review Journal of Readings Presentations
  • Facilitate Large Group Discussion of Quarter
    Accomplishments
  • Implement Exit Instrument to Measure Growth
  • Conduct Interviews of Sample of Class

23
Assessment Strategies for
  • Interdisciplinary Synthesis Courses

24
Key Assessment Questions for Interdisciplinary
Synthesis (12 Courses)
  • How Can Course be Improved?
  • Would you Recommend Course to Others?
  • What are the Multidisciplinary Aspects of the
    Course?
  • Has Course Effectively Used Prerequisites?
  • How do You Rate Your Ability to Apply What
    Learned from Course?

25
Key Assessment Questions for Interdisciplinary
Synthesis (12 Courses)
  • How do You Rate Improvement of the Identification
    Solution of Problems Based on Course
    Experience?
  • How has Course Improved Your Communication
    Skills?
  • How has Course Improved your Teamwork Skills?

26
Key Assessment Questions for Interdisciplinary
Synthesis (12 Courses)
  • Did Course Provide You with Deeper Understanding
    of Science Tech,Humanities or Soc Science?
  • Did Course Improve Your Ability to Apply Concepts
    from Science Tech,Humanities or Soc Science?
  • Did Course Promote Critical Thinking Problem
    Solving?

27
Assessment Methods for Interdisciplinary
Synthesis (12 Courses)
  • Perform Content Analysis of Research Paper Oral
    Report Relative to in Depth Use of Course
    Concepts
  • Conduct WEBCT Survey to Rate Coverage of
    Educational Objectives
  • Compare Students Ability to perform Independent
    Research think Creatively Evaluatively at
    Beginning, Middle and End of Course

28
Assessment Methods for Interdisciplinary
Synthesis (12 Courses)
  • Require Exit Essay Designed to Determine if
    Educational Objectives were met

29
Summary
  • Presented Guidelines for Assessment of GE
    Synthesis Courses Exist
  • Summarized Proposed Assessment Strategies for
    Synthesis Courses

30
Challenges
  • How does one develop strategies for upper
    division GE program assessment?
  • What are incentives for doing course program
    assessment for GE synthesis?
  • How can assessment be imbedded in coursework to
    minimize extra work?
  • What are reasonable expectations for reporting
    assessment results since assessment data belongs
    to Instructor?

31
Challenges
  • How does one Handle the Feedback Portion of
    Assessment? i.e., Implementation of Changes Made
    to Improve a Course
  • Since there are Different Assessment Tools
    Proposed Specific Courses in GE Synthesis Courses
    Sub Areas-How does one Accomplish Upper Division
    GE Program Assessment?
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