From: Faculty and Research E-Memo (memofrom@Colorado.EDU)
Date: Mon Apr 02 2007 - 01:33:53 MDT
Date: Mon, 2 Apr 2007 01:33:53 -0600 (MDT) From: Faculty and Research E-Memo <memofrom@Colorado.EDU> Subject: Summer Institute for Assessing Classroom Learning
TO: Boulder Campus Teaching & Research Faculty,
Deans, Directors, Dept Chairs, System Administration
FROM: Faculty Teaching Excellence Program
SENDER: Mary Ann Shea, Director
DATE: April 2, 2007
SUBJECT: Summer Institute for Assessing Classroom Learning
The Teaching Excellence Program offers the second annual Summer Institute for
It will be offered on May 29, 30, & 31, 2007, from 9:00-3:00 including lunch,
in Norlin Library British Studies Rm M549.
Studies have demonstrated that students are not learning as effectively as
possible by some current teaching methods. The theory and tools of this
institute provide an opportunity to learn both conceptual and practical tools.
The institute welcomes participation by individual faculty members as well as
groups of faculty from one department attending together as a cohort. We
strongly suggest that faculty new to this dimension of teaching and learning
plan to participate. CU faculty from last year's institute will both teach and
present their work from this academic year. We hope to have poster sessions
illustrating some of the classroom assessment work on campus.
Professor Randy Bass, American Literature/English Department, Georgetown
University, will join us both as an expert in classroom assessment and in
articulating goals and assessing classroom learning in the arts and humanities,
in particular. The institute will address: writing goals for learning;
designing and administering forms of data collection, e.g. surveys; analyzing
data; changing sections of the course content and re-designing goals in the
syllabus in preparation to teach it again; and archiving the reconstructed
syllabus in department archives for peers to use. Possibilities for change may
include re-design of a unit within a course, change of several units or course
transformation. We will, as Carl Wieman suggests, "plan as we go."
The institute will accept up to 30 participants who will commit to remain in
the institute for the duration May 29, 30 and half day on May 31st.
Please submit to MaryAnnShea@colorado.edu no more than one page stating your
objectives for the institute.
We hope you are thinking of joining us.
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