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 Assessment of Student Learning

CASL - November 4, 2011

 

Present:  Eric Musselman, Brandy Lee Hoffman, Jackie Millslagle, Jim Klueg, Mick McComber, Molly Minkkinen, Richard Davis, Shannon  Godsey, Wayne Jesswein.

Excused:  John Schwetman, Jeni Eltink, Julia Williams, Ted Schoen.

Shannon circulated and reviewed the assigned groups for the November 11 peer review workshop, as well as expectations of CASL members as facilitators of the groups. 

Shannon reported on the liberal education pilot.

  1. The Logic/Quantitative Reasoning group met 2 times and the assessment method/tool has been defined.
  2. The Humanities group was larger (approximately 10) and has met 4 times.  She shared the concerns and issues that have prevented completion of the work.   It was the consensus of CASL that we move ahead with the pilot, refining the work to date on the assessment tool, and proceed to gather evidence from faculty in the spring. 

Jackie spoke briefly to topics that will be on the next meeting agenda.

  1. Capstone projects.  UMD has received the results of the first administration of the Faculty Survey of Student Engagement (FSSE).  Results have not been analyzed; however, one item of interest.  77% of faculty rated this item--Culminating senior experience (capstone course, senior project or thesis, comprehensive exam, etc.)--as either Important or Very Important. 
  2. Electronic portfolio.  Jackie explained some concerns with the response time of ePortfolio and the obstacle (platform, resources) to improving response time.  At the same time, University resources are contributing to the development of eFolio, including a module for assessment.  A thorough demonstration of eFolio and how the University is involved in development is being scheduled.  CASL and other interested faculty will be invited to attend.  In the meantime, CASL recommended that mandatory use of ePortfolio in the Humanities pilot be set aside. 

Jackie Millslagle, recorder

 

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