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Assessment Breakfast: Assessment in Academic Support Units

Wednesday
May 4, 2022
10:00 am - 11:30 am
Online - Please register Assessment Breakfasts
Assessment Breakfast: Assessment in Academic Support Units
Presenter(s): Joel Bloom (Office of Assessment); Daniel Hurewitz (Department of History); Barbara Barone (Director, Dolciani Math Center); Jack Kenigsberg (Interim Coordinator, Rockowitz Writing Center); Christina Medina-Ramirez (Director, Skirball Science Center); Vanderie Vielie (Interim Director, the Percy Ellis Sutton Search for Education, Elevation and Knowledge Program (SEEK))

Join us to discuss measuring success with four of Hunter College’s most important academic support units. [Details...]
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Event Capsules | February 11, 2020

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TSC January 2020: Discussing The New Education: How to Revolutionize the University to Prepare Students for a World in Flux, by Cathy N. Davidson

In this year’s ACERT Teaching Scholarship Circle (TSC) we read and discussed Cathy N. Davidson’s book The New Education: How to Revolutionize the University to Prepare Students for a World in Flux. In her book, Davidson argues that university educators must substantially change how we teach in order to help our students succeed “in our age of precarious work and technological disruption.” Through our reading and discussion of her book, we analyzed and critiqued  her transformational vision for higher education in America, and drew lessons for how we support students at Hunter and how, in Davidson’s words, “we can educate students not only to survive but to thrive amid the challenges to come.”
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VoiceThread for Assessments

Wednesday
Jan 22, 2020
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Online - register for details Workshops
VoiceThread for Assessments
Presenter(s): George Haines

Are you looking for new ways to assess your student work? If you use written exams and quizzes, this workshop can show you alternative ways to evaluate student learning using VoiceThread. We will discuss strategies for improving student presentations, using comment moderation, and designing portfolios that can replace written exams. [Details...]
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Developing and Improving Meaningful Program Learning Outcomes

Wednesday
Nov 6, 2019
10:00 am - 11:30 am
Charlotte Frank Classroom (1203 HE) Assessment Breakfasts
Developing and Improving Meaningful Program Learning Outcomes
Presenter(s): Joel Bloom (Director of Assessment), Rob Cowan (Arts and Sciences), Kenneth Mclaughlin(Economics), and Jason Young (Psychology)

When assessing student learning within academic programs, we often have a case of “garbage-in, garbage-out:” even if you assess the learning of students in your program with regard to your stated program learning outcomes (PLOs), you won’t learn anything useful if those PLOs don’t cover the subject matter you really care about. Instead, if PLOs are too vague, too multi-pronged, or deal with either trivia or topics not really valued by your faculty, your assessment will be pointless even if you do everything “right.” In this workshop, the panelists will discuss ways in which we can develop PLOs that will help your department or program gather meaningful information that will help improve your curriculum and pedagogy [Details...]
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Values-Based Assessment

Wednesday
Oct 16, 2019
10:00 am - 11:30 am
(8th Floor HW) The Faculty/Staff Lounge Assessment Breakfasts
Values-Based Assessment
Presenter(s): Joel Bloom (Director of Assessment)

With increasing demands on assessment for compliance, assessment professionals have often focused either on either quality issues of validity and reliability, or quantity issues – producing a report for our evidence inventory. Joel Bloom tries to move toward developing assessment models that prioritize substantive importance over either statistical validity or external compliance. It's so easy for assessment practitioners to get bogged down in compliance and data issues -- which programs submitted reports, and whether they did them "right" -- that we often lose sight of why we are here. This impacts our morale and makes it harder to make the case for why anyone should be doing the assessment. [Details...]
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Introduction to Assessment

Wednesday
Sep 25, 2019
10:00 am - 11:30 am
Charlotte Frank Classroom (1203 HE) Assessment Breakfasts
Introduction to Assessment
Presenter(s): Joel Bloom (Director of Assessment)

This presentation is designed to provide an introduction to the fundamentals of student learning outcomes assessment for newcomers to that field. This presentation will cover a basic philosophy of values-centered assessment, including the reasons for assessment, its role in higher education, and how to use it to improve curriculum & pedagogy. Topics will include course-level, program-level, and institutional-level assessment, academic program review & accreditation, curriculum mapping, roles and methods of direct & indirect assessment, and the centrality of values and mission to all assessment work. [Details...]
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