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Upcoming Training or Webinars Related to Assessment

Upcoming Webinar

Teaching, Learning, and Assessing in Remote Learning Environments

April 3, 2020
Online, 2:00-3:00 p.m., ET

Cost: FREE

Learning environments and campus structures are undergoing rapid adaptation. Your plans for your spring and summer courses have been upended. But human cognition and the essentials of how learning works haven’t changed. As you work to maintain quality in the midst of rapid course redesign, don’t let the perfect get in the way of the good. Indeed, there may even be opportunities to reflect on how the challenges you face may actually help illuminate equity issues that could lead to improved learning for all your students. Join us for a conversation about teaching, assignments, learning, and assessment processes with an eye toward maintaining quality and equity in online environments. 

To register for the webinar, click here.

Applying and Leading Assessment in Student Affairs

In partnership with National Louis University, the Student Affairs Assessment Leaders (SAAL) are thrilled to share details for the fourth run of our free MOOC, “Applying and Leading Assessment in Student Affairs”. We’ve had over 1200 students in each of our previous course runs, with our course last year boasting a 19.83% completion rate (huge for a MOOC!) and 92% of students giving a 4 out of 5 for course quality.

The 8-module course starts February 24 and ends April 19. It’s completely self-paced, so you can work through it on your own time during those two months (82% of students spend 2 hours or less per week on the course). Whether new to assessment or looking for a topical refresh, the course is a great opportunity to gain free access to resources and engage with 1000+ colleagues. Registration opens January 13.

To learn more about the course:

  1. Visit SAAL’s website for the course.
  2. Stay tuned for SAAL blog coming next week with outcomes from last year and new announcements for this year’s course.
  3. Register for a webinar live session with course instructors on February 4 at 4 p.m. Eastern.

Past Trainings and Webinars: Recordings

General Education Assignment Charrette
March 1, 2019, 8:30 a.m. to noon PST
University of Idaho Commons, Crest-Horizon Room


The session will begin with a review of effective assessment practices and an overview of one of the most effective ways to assess student learning: the course assignment. Assignments are powerful teaching tools, and their design is one of the most consequential intellectual tasks that faculty undertake in their work as educators. Yet that work is often private and unavailable for collegial exchange and knowledge building. The charrette — a term borrowed from architecture education, denoting a collaborative design process — will be an opportunity to talk with other faculty interested in trading ideas about the design and use of the various tasks, projects, papers and performances we set for our students. The charrette will aim to stimulate ideas about how to strengthen the assignment you bring, or think together about an assignment that might work for assessment of the general education course you teach. Attendees should bring an assignment that they would like to share with colleagues, refresh or adapt for assessment of the course’s learning outcome(s). If you do not have an assignment that you believe currently aligns to the outcomes, come anyway and leave with ideas!

Watch Recording (Morning Session)

Time Topic
00:00 Introductions
23:04 Assessment Practices in Learner-Centered Institutions (from instructor perspective)
27:12 Effective Assessment Practices (from NILOA)
35:20 Best practices do not specify assessment to “Meet accreditor needs”
BUT! Accreditors have standards (which need to be met)
38:49 Triangulation (regarding student achievement/student outcomes)
39:59 Program Review
44:26 Opportunities for Program Review
45:31 Institutional Effectiveness: What Can Be Improved?
47:07 Improving the Institution: Instructional Effectiveness
47:55 Questions from participants
57:29 Effective Assignments (from presenter and from participants)

Learning Outcome Development Workshop (Student Affairs/Co-Curricular)
March 1, 2019, 2-4 p.m. PST
University of Idaho Commons, Aurora Room


Currently, many student service, student support services and co-curricular programs identify expected student outcomes for their programs. The session will provide an overview of institutional effectiveness and frameworks to help determine learning expectations and evidence to support achievement within student support services. During this session, staff members will create at least one institutional learning outcome statement for the unit. To assist in crafting statements, academic support service staff members are asked to bring samples of their current assessment measures, such as use of program services or facilities, user satisfaction, needs assessment of users or student learning outcomes. These are all examples of tools that may already be used to inform progress currently being made toward goals to further improve programs. Light refreshments will be provided during this session.

Watch Recording (Afternoon Session)

Time Topic
00:00 Introductions
12:28 What is Institutional Effectiveness? (specific to student support units)
15:30 Improving the Institution: Institutional Effectiveness
17:12 Assessment in Learner-Centered Institutions (for student support units)
20:46 Assessment is the Ongoing Process Of…
22:20 The Student Experience
23:38 Students are Complex
23:55 Cohesive Curriculum
25:39 Support Services, Co-Curricular
28:05 Assessing the Co-Curricular
29:13 Learning Outcomes
30:30 Goals vs. Outcomes
32:15 Tips for Writing Outcomes
34:31 U of I’s ULOs
35:26 Higher Education is at a Crossroad
36:41 NASPA Professional Competencies
37:33 The CAS Frame Works
38:12 A Taxonomy of Student Outcomes
40:39 How Do We Measure Outcomes?
41:10 Absolute vs. Value-Added Outcomes
44:07 Direct vs. Indirect Assessment
45:17 Student Support Assessment: Source of Evidence
47:31 Ways to Collect Direct Evidence
49:24 Then What?
54:22 Outcomes Assessment Plan (5-column model)

Physical Address:
Admin, Room 208
Moscow, ID 83844-3163

Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3163
Moscow, ID 83844-3163

Phone: 208-885-7995

Fax: 208-885-7998


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