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Defining a Learning Goal

As we all know, it is critical to have clear goals defined first when we are designing a learning experience for either ourselves or our students. In Julie Dirksen’ book, Design for How People Learn, she discussed three important steps that I found helpful in determining the path for the learners. I. Identify the problem you […]

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Orientation Towards Assesment Blog Post

What’s Your Orientation Towards Assessment?

This year’s Teaching and Learning Conference will focus on the theme “Beyond Grades: Capturing Authentic Learning.”  I’d like to dig into this theme a little more.  One may reasonably ask do you assume that grades don’t capture authentic learning?  I think to capture some of the nuances this theme, we need to think about our […]

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The Higher Education Act: What Is It and Why Should We Care?

The Higher Education Opportunity Act is an amended version of the Higher Education Act, first passed by Congress, and signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson, in 1965. This act needs to be reauthorized by Congress approximately every six years. In the 2008 reauthorization, this act was renamed the Higher Education Opportunity Act. Reauthorization […]

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A New Way to Grade

Looking for a grading system that better reflects learning outcomes, motivates students to excel, and cuts down on your grading time? You might try the approach that Linda Nilson promotes in her new book, Specifications Grading: Restoring Rigor, Motivating Students, and Saving Faculty Time, published earlier this year by Stylus. Specifications—or specs—grading is an alternative […]

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Britain’s Bet on a “Teaching Excellence Framework”

An experiment in higher education is set to begin—or really continue—as Britain moves forward with reforms to its higher education sector, begun in 2012 under Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron’s coalition government. Earlier this month, the English minister for universities and science, Jo Johnson, announced a national project for assessing teaching in higher education, called the […]

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Understanding Learning as Students Experience It

“What do students learn at DePaul?”  On its surface, this seems like a fairly straightforward question.  However, the trickier question may be “how do we know?”  This is where assessment comes into play.  Commonly, universities try to answer this question by assessing learning outcomes in courses, academic programs, and sometimes co-curricular programs, separately.  However, I […]

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Alphabet Soup: Decoding DePaul’s Acronyms

When I started working at DePaul, just over a year ago, I immediately became confused. I was getting emails from Dr. so and so from MPH in LAS. I felt like everyone was speaking a foreign language for which I had received no training. I thought for sure I had missed receiving my “DePaul to […]

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Upcoming Assessment Workshops

DePaul has some great opportunities to learn more about assessment and hone your assessment skills!  This winter, we will offer five different assessment workshops! Introduction to Assessment at DePaul University DePaul has a long-standing history of quality assessment of our curricular and co-curricular programs.  This workshop will introduce participants to the elements of high-quality assessment, […]

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Measuring DePaul’s University-Wide Learning Outcomes

In October of 2012, DePaul University unveiled new university-wide learning goals and outcomes.  These were the result of the combined work of an institution-wide committee who defined the essential knowledge, skills, values, and ethics all DePaul students should obtain by the time they graduate.  However, it is not enough to simply define what DePaul students […]

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