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More than the Sum of Its Parts: A Holistic View of Teaching, Learning, and Assessment

More than the Sum of Its Parts: A Holistic View of Teaching, Learning, and Assessment

Kate McConnell, Ph.D.

Senior Director for Research and Assessment, AAC&U

Date: October 18, 2016

Overview

Assessment as an accountability mandate understandably leaves many faculty cold. When the language of accreditation and compliance takes precedence over faculty values, the assessment process quickly becomes a mechanical, reductionist exercise. Instead, however, if we reposition assessment as an integral component of instruction – an almost daily act of good faith in which faculty leverage their expertise to respond to their students’ needs – the entire landscape changes. This session will engage participants in answering the question “How can we value student learning in an age of accountability” by addressing the very design of our assessment systems, including strategies for measuring student learning, making meaning of the data generated by assessment activities, and determining what – if anything – needs to change based on our assessment work, all with an eye toward reinforcing the connective threads that bind teaching, learning, and assessment together.