A focus on learning outcomes has the potential to modernize teaching and learning across the province. But learning outcomes are only meaningful if they are measurable and this is no simple task. Creating a positive culture of assessment among faculty, assessing what students learn outside of the classroom and measuring students' ability to think critically are three challenges in learning outcomes assessment. HEQCO's second and all-new webinar series, The challenges of assessing learning outcomes in higher education, tackles these challenges and provides you with some creative solutions. Featuring researchers from HEQCO's Learning Outcomes Assessment Consortium, as well as guest experts, this interactive webinar series features evidence-based best practices for developing effective outcomes assessment programs at your institution.
Part I, September 24 2015, 11am – 12pmMaking the culture shift: Faculty engagement in learning outcomes assessment
Faculty engagement is critical to successful assessment. In the first webinar this fall, our featured experts will tackle the challenge of creating a positive assessment culture among faculty. Why is it important to create a positive assessment culture? How do you get faculty excited about measuring student learning across the institution? How do you convince them that it is worth their time and effort? Three experts will share insights from their experience engaging faculty in learning outcomes assessment.
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Part II, October 29 2015, 11am – 12pmAssessing the student experience: Student affairs learning outcomes
Learning happens throughout and across students' postsecondary experiences, and is not limited to the classroom. From the athletic complex to the student government offices, students are developing skills that will aid them in their future careers and life. What essential skills are your students developing in programs, activities and services that are offered outside the classroom at your institution? By creating and assessing student services learning outcomes you can measure the impact and value of co-curricular activities. In this webinar, research and evaluation experts who work in student affairs – Sonia DeLuca Fernandez of New York University, Cara Wehkamp of the University of Guelph and Adam Kuhn of the University of Toronto – will explore why it is important to measure the skills students are developing in co-curricular activities and how they have developed and assessed their learning outcomes.
Part III, November 26 2015, 11am – 12pm
The challenges of assessing critical thinkingEmployers, students and postsecondary institutions are all in agreement that being able to think critically is an essential skill in the 21st century. But despite the consensus, the challenge of teaching and assessing critical thinking skills remains. In this webinar, experts from HEQCO's Learning Outcomes Assessment Consortium as well as others will explore key questions including: What is critical thinking? Do we need to explicitly teach critical thinking? What are some best practices when it comes to teaching students' to think critically? What tools are available to assess critical thinking?
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