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A Quick Look at Long-Term Learning

A Quick Look at Long-Term Learning

by Libby Whittington-West and Ainsley Goldman the challenges: Like many folks working in student life, we have a lot of data about student learning that takes place during our programs but are unsure of the long-term impact of our programming…

Interactive Assessment: Focus Groups

Interactive Assessment: Focus Groups

by Svitlana Frunchak Throughout the past academic year, focus groups were my favorite assessment activity. In comparison with surveys – especially the long annual ones that tend to take much time to design and even more to analyze – I…

Finding Common Ground: The Language of Learning Outcomes   

Finding Common Ground: The Language of Learning Outcomes  

by Jennifer Radley I recently participated in a webinar which explored the importance of terminology and the value of creating a common language when designing and assessing learning outcomes. Writing learning outcomes in a consistent manner is very important a…

Assessment Doesn’t Have To Be Difficult

Assessment Doesn’t Have To Be Difficult

by Erin Clifford Somewhere, somebody started a rumour that assessment needed to be difficult and that to do assessment properly you needed to be an expert. At ACPA in 2015, I attended a great session presented by Amanda R Knerr…

An Assessment Conference for All Seasons

An Assessment Conference for All Seasons

by Jeff Burrow Data from a recent survey of assessment practices in student affairs found that 80% of respondents said  that a lack of knowledge of the various ways to assess student learning and development was the biggest barrier faced…

A Different Type of Survey

A Different Type of Survey

by Samantha Hartlen I have been struggling to come up with ways to ask students to demonstrate their learning, rather than asking them if they feel like they’ve learned something. Most methods that I have discovered work best when you…

The Sinister Sixteen

The Sinister Sixteen

by Erin Clifford I have a copy of Bloom’s Taxonomy that I love.   It is colourful, easy to read and has a list of verbs a mile long.  I have no idea where I got it from, it sits on…