Workshops on Assessment in Higher Education

Workshops on assessment in Higher Education by Prof. Julia Williams

Call for Participation

Center for Engineering Education (CEE) and Centre for Teaching & Learning (CTL) UTM, will organize workshops on assessment in Higher Education. The workshops will be delivered by Prof. Julia M. Williams, a well known professor in assessment, engineering and professional communication.

Julia M. Williams

Executive Director, Office of Institutional Research, Planning and Assessment Professor of English Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, USA. Julia Williams joined the faculty of the Humanities and Social Sciences Department in 1992, then assumed duties in the Office of Institutional Research, Planning, and Assessment in 2005. Her experience in undergraduate teaching began in 1985 when she taught English Composition at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, then continued through her graduate years at Emory University, where she received the Excellence in Teaching Award from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

Throughout her career at Rose-Hulman, she has blended her work in the classroom with work in assessment. She was the founder of the Program in Technical Communication at Rose-Hulman, a campus-wide effort to improve students’ written and oral communication skills in a variety of courses. In 1995 she joined the effort to create and implement the RosE Portfolio System, an online portfolio assessment tool that is still in use today as the RosEvaluation Tool. Evidence of student learning from the osEvaluation is used by the Institute and academic programs to measure student learning and to direct curriculum improvements. She has been active in the use and assessment of tablet PCs in the classroom, and she has collaborated with faculty and staff in projects such as the Rose-Hulman Leadership Advancement Program and the national RosEvaluation Conference. Williams’s publications on assessment, engineering and professional communication, and tablet PCs have appeared in the Journal of Engineering Education, IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication, Technical Communication Quarterly, and The Impact of Tablet PCs and Pen-based Technologies in the Classroom, among others. She is the recipient of the 2010 Sterling Olmsted Award (ASEE Liberal Education Division), the 2007 Council for Higher Education Accreditation Award, 2007 HP Technology for Teaching Award, and the 2005 Microsoft Research Award. She is also the recipient of the 2008 Rose-Hulman Board of Trustees Outstanding Scholar Award and the 2004 Humanities and Social Sciences Department Outstanding Researcher Award.

 

All interested Postgraduate Students, Lecturers, and Professors are welcome to attend the workshops. Information on the workshops is as follows:

1. Workshop on Classroom Assessment for OBE

Workshop title—Measuring What Students Know: Developing and Deploying Classroom Assessment Techniques (CATs) Workshop

Description—In a classroom, one of the instructor’s primary tasks is to evaluate what students know and can do as a result of the pedagogy. For many instructors, however, classroom assessment techniques (CATs) may be limited to a few options, such as exams and research papers. The CATs employed may also not connect well to the course or program outcomes. The focus of this workshop is to review the variety of practical CATs, like exams but also including targeted CATs, such as the one minute paper and analogies. Workshop attendees will design CATs that effectively measure student understanding in a variety of classroom contexts. In addition to developing CATs, the workshop will also address overall classroom assessment through the use of rubrics, outcomes, and taxonomies. Attendees will learn how to use assessment to measure student learning for outcomes such as teamwork, communication, and team-based projects.

Date: Wednesday, Nov 27, 2013

Time : 8.30 am to 5.00 pm

Place: UTM Johor Bahru

Fees:  

RM100 – UTM staff/students
RM 150 – Non-UTM (SEEM member)
RM200 – Non-UTM

* All fees will include notes, Morning Tea break, Lunch and Afternoon Tea break where applicable.

 

2. Workshop on Programme Assessment for OBE

Workshop Title—Constructing Program Assessments That Work

For engineering and computer science programs, constructing a coherent program assessment is crucial in order to meet the requirements for ABET accreditation. Unfortunately faculty often approach program assessment with the same mindset as course assessment, resulting in program assessments that are over-designed and unsustainable. In this workshop, attendees will learn ways to connect course and program outcomes to ABET with strategies that produce rich data about student learning. One important dimension of this workshop is considering complex outcomes like problem solving and teamwork and developing ways to assess them. Attendees will leave the workshop with models of effective program assessments that both satisfy the requirements for ABET while providing faculty with information that can lead to important program improvements. Program assessments that have been developed at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology will provide models for the workshop, but the intended outcome for the workshop is to allow attendees to write and revise assessments for their own programs that can be put into action.

Date : Thursday, Nov 28, 2013

Time : 8.30am to 5:00pm

Place : UTM Johor Bahru

Fees:

RM100 – UTM staff/students
RM 150 – Non-UTM (SEEM member)
RM200 – Non-UTM

* All fees will include notes, Morning Tea break, Lunch and Afternoon Tea break where applicable.

 

3. Workshop on Making Academic Change Happen (MACH)

Workshop title–Making Academic Change Happen: An Introduction to MACH Principles for Change in Academic Contets

This workshop will serve as an introduction to the four day workshop we conduct at Rose- Hulman. MACH is a hands-on curriculum that helps faculty and administrators gain skills that are integral to making change on campus in a variety of areas—curriculum, program, culture, etc. A full description of MACH is available at our website: www.rose-hulman.edu/mach This workshop will focus on two core principles of the MACH curriculum: communication and buy in. Attendees will learn the approaches used by MACH facilitators to encourage participants to deploy change strategies on their own campuses. Examples of MACH projects will also be used to illustrate how the MACH approach can be used in a variety of contexts and campuses.

Date : Saturday, Nov 30, 2013

Time : 8.30am to 1.00pm

Place : UTM Johor Bahru

Fees:  

RM50 – UTM staff/students
RM 80 – Non-UTM (SEEM member)
RM100 – Non-UTM

* All fees will include notes, Morning Tea break, Lunch and Afternoon Tea break where applicable.

 

4. Workshop on implementation of students’ learning and assessment using e-Portfolio

Workshop title—Electronic Portfolios, Student Learning, and Outcomes Assessment

Electronic portfolios offer the potential for students to engage with their learning in new, rich ways. In order to exploit the potential for eportfolios, faculty must consider the design of assessment process, from the types of artifacts students will submit to the rubrics that will be used to assess the work. In this workshop, attendees will be introduced to the principles of using an electronic portfolio for student learning outcomes assessment. Attendees will consider first the implementation stage of the eportfolio program, from the student artifacts that should be assessed, who should do the assessment, and how the artifacts should be assessed. Next, attendees will design appropriate assessment strategies for eportfolio contents. Finally, special consideration will be given to the motivation of students and faculty to participate in an eportfolio program. The RosEvaluation Tool, Rose-Hulman electronic portofolio, will serve as an example of using portfolios for assessment.

Date : Monday, Dec 2, 2013

Time : 9.00am to 5.00pm

Place : UTM Johor Bahru

Fees:

RM100 – UTM staff/students
RM 150 – Non-UTM (SEEM member)
RM200 – Non-UTM

* All fees will include notes, Morning Tea break, Lunch and Afternoon Tea break where applicable.

 

Those who are interested to participate, please register by sending an email to Ms Faizah at faizah-sps@utm.my or Ms Amirah at mira.azlan@gmail.com.