Indiana University’s project is made up of three programs, one on each core campus, and the third serving as an umbrella over them. The project integrates assessment education at Indiana University Bloomington (IUB) and Indiana University Purdue University’s (IUPUI) Preparing Future Faculty Program, as well as creating an intercampus seminar program through the University Graduate School.
Project Plan and Activities:
Indiana University Bloomington
IUB will focus on program-level assessment. Graduate students in the project will develop an assessment model to measure STEM learning outcomes at the individual, course, and program levels. The graduate students will be employed as teaching assistants in core gateway science courses. With guidance from a team of STEM faculty, Indiana University librarians, and staff from the Center for Innovation Teaching and Learning, participants will integrate concepts, exercises, and assessments throughout an existing undergraduate biology curriculum. Participants will be asked to access undergraduate students’ abilities to access, evaluate, and effectively use scientific information. After the first year, these graduate students will contribute to campus workshops to facilitate model adoption by other STEM programs and will develop an online toolkit and workshops to encourage broader adoption of the model.
Assessment of graduate student outcomes will include:
Indiana University Purdue University
IUPUI will focus on an individual, course and program level assessment through a community of practice in the existing Gate to Graduation Program. The community of practice will consist of graduate students (two working with a STEM Gateway Coordinator and two working with a Humanities and Social Science Gateway Coordinator complemented by a team of faculty and programs offered by the Center for Teaching and Learning, Office of Academic Affair, and Center for Research and Learning. During year one, graduate student participants will receive an introduction to learning and practicing individual assessment in the undergraduate classroom. In year two, participants will their teaching efforts to include course and program level assessment through creating and applying for a Planning and Institutional Improvement Program Review and Assessment Committee (PRAC) Grant. Participants will also serve as presenters at the Annual Assessment Institute and Preparing Future Faculty Symposium. Electronic portfolios will provide evidence of graduate student assessment and skill development. Portfolios will include:
Each campus will host one seminar per year in which a national figure in the development of authentic assessment tools will speak. The seminar will be live-cast to the non-host campus.
The University Graduate School will also host intercampus, real-time video workshops twice a semester to allow exchange of ideas, problems, and successes among faculty and graduate students involved in the project.