Fall Assessment Workshops

The Student Life Learning Outcomes and Assessment Committee is thrilled to announce four workshops we are hosting this semester. They are designed to target specific competencies as outlined in the Division of Student Life Assessment Competency Framework which can be found here: http://blogs.studentlife.utoronto.ca/MeasuringUp/2015/10/07/a-divisional-competency-framework-for-assessment/.

The framework can be used as a reflection tool – consider what areas of growth you might have in relation to your role and responsibilities. So we encourage you to seek out the workshops that will help you grow in the areas that matter most to you. The sessions will be hosted by members of the LOAC, however they are designed and intended to be highly participatory, and a place where participants share their own promising practices and develop some assessment buddies.

To register for any of these sessions (or if you have any questions) please email Jeff Burrow (jeff.burrow@utoronto.ca) with the title of the session(s) you would like to register for.


Surveys, Surveys, Surveys: Wednesday, November 2 – Centre for International Experience, Cumberland Room (10-11.30 am)

Surveys are a very common way to assess student attitudes, behaviours and actions. They are used to quickly gather feedback and measure overall satisfaction. In order to make sure you have the best data possible, you need to know how to design your survey using question and response practices, considering the merits of on-line versus paper surveys, and determining when the best time to survey is. This workshop will cover the survey design process from start to finish..

You should attend this session if you use surveys for end of workshop, seminar or program assessment, if you are developing a survey or want to improve an existing one.

(After the workshop, staff who have existing surveys are invited to participate in an additional peer review exercise (11:30-12:00) where we will spend additional time rotating through small groups getting feedback on our questions. For this it is necessary to bring a copy (or two) of an existing survey or one you are working on.)

Program Goals & Learning Outcomes: Wednesday November 16 – CIE, Cumberland Room (3.00-4.30pm).

Back by popular demand! The language of learning outcomes and program goals can be intimidating but it is a vital, though sometimes overlooked initial step in the process. This workshop will help you understand better where or how to start, how to make learning outcomes easy to understand, and how to align your learning outcomes with broader divisional goals.

You should attend this workshop if are developing, redesigning or rethinking the goals and learning outcomes for a workshop, seminar or program.

 Sorry this session is all filled up! 7 Assessments for your workshop, seminar or program that aren’t surveys: Tuesday November 22, 21 Sussex, 3rd Floor Meeting Room (10.30-noon) 

(Too) often, surveys are the default assessment approach for programs, seminars or workshops. In this session, we will review 7 different, authentic assessment ideas you can use at the start, during or end of your event, to help learn more about what the students are learning. Often called Classroom Assessment Techniques (CATs) these range from simple paper and pencil exercises to interactive approaches using mobile phones. This highly interactive and hands-on session will equip with you with new ideas to incorporate into your programming.

You should attend this session if you are interested in learning about immediate, authentic ways to assess student learning and identify ways to get quick, actionable feedback and data from the students you work with.

Introduction to Assessment: Tuesday October 18 – Hart House, South Sitting Room (12-1:30 pm – bring your lunch)

This workshop will introduce you to the fundamentals of the assessment cycle. Participants will learning about the basics of assessment, including some key terms, resources, and promising practices. We will also discuss issues relating to ethical assessment, assessment planning and briefly preview future assessment workshops.

You should attend this session if you are relatively new to assessment, want to think about it in a more systematic way, want to learn about resources to support your work and meet others interested in assessment.

To register for any of these sessions or if you have any questions, please email Jeff Burrow (jeff.burrow@utoronto.ca)

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