The Academic Affairs Assessment Committee (AAAC) and the Faculty Center for Teaching & Learning (FCTL) invite you to engage in systematic assessment of student learning outcomes as part of FCTL's Inquiries into Teaching and Learning project. This project is funded by the Office of Academic Affairs through AAAC and FCTL.
This principle aim of the project, like that first articulated by Walvoord and Anderson (1998) and, later, by Savory et al. (2007) , is "to help you approach your own teaching in a more structured fashion, as you investigate teaching (and learning) questions that you really care about, that cycle back into your teaching for improved student learning, that are embedded within a specific classroom context, and that you may have encountered over successive course offerings."
It is also our hope that participants in this project will go on to serve as resources for faculty at Ferris who wish to improve their teaching and students' learning through a systematic assessment of student learning outcomes.
Participants in the project will proceed through two phases:
During this phase, you will work individually and the other participants to:
During this phase, you will meet with the other project participants to share your findings and lessons learned. You will also, if you choose, have opportunities to share your findings more widely with other faculty on campus or at a conference.
Support for faculty includes:
Invitation to faculty
All Ferris faculty (tenure-track and non-tenure track alike) are invited to participate in this project; please send a letter of interest to Todd Stanislav. This letter needs only to indicate that you are interested in participating in the Inquiries into Teaching and Learning project and the course which will be the context of your assessment. You may send the letter by campus mail (IRC 134A) or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have any questions, please contact Todd Stanislav at ext. 3541 or by e-mail to email@example.com.
Walvoord, B.E. and V.J. Anderson. 1998. Effective Grading: A Tool for Learning and Assessment. Jossey-Bass, San Francisco, CA.
Savory, P., A.N. Burnett, and A. Goodburn. 2007. Inquiry into the College Classroom: A Journey Toward Scholarly Teaching. Anker Publ. Co., Inc., Bolton, MA.
"Assessment at Ferris State University" This is a home page for access to a wealth of information and links regarding assessment activities, support, and resources at Ferris State University and elsewhere on the web.
The Science Centre for Learning and Teaching is a "research-focused unit engaged in the scholarship of teaching and learning in the Faculty of Science at The University of British Columbia. Its research perspective is "reflective, practice-based, project- and community-building oriented."
The Assessment Institute
October 25-27, 2009
The Assessment Institute in Indianapolis is the nation´s oldest and largest event focused exclusively on Outcomes Assessment in Higher Education and is designed to provide opportunities for:
PowerPoint slides for "Inquiries into Teaching and Learning: Putting Research into Practice through an Initiative to Support SOTL at Ferris State University," by John S. Gray, Meral Topcu, Bonnie Wright, Clifton Franklund, and Todd Stanislav, a presentation at the first Scholarship of Teaching & Learning (SOTL) Academy held May 18-19, 2009, in Ypsilanti, Michigan on the campus of Eastern Michigan University.