2016 KU Annual Student Learning Symposium

The second KU Student Learning Symposium, presented by the Office of the Provost and the Center for Teaching Excellence, has concluded on Friday March 4th, 2016 at the Alumni Center.

Highlights of the event:

  • Live music brought by Mei Li, our KU Music PhD student.
  • The 2016 Degree-Level Assessment Award was presented to the MA SLP program.
  • Four concurrent sessions
  • Lunch Session: Examples of addressing diversity-related learning gaps were presented. Participants were engaged in discussions on how they would analyze difference in their courses/programs to improve student success.
  • Assessment Data Game Show: Acting Senior Vice Provost Stuart Day hosted an engaging game show "Name the Number: KU Student Learning Edition", to share important assessment-related student data.
  • Feedback from participants: Participants found examples presented at the event useful and engaging and they enjoyed the interactions with colleagues from other units. Faculty who attended the student-faculty conversation sessions appreciated the opportunities of talking to students and learning about students' experience in the classroom. But we will need to recruit more student representatives to bring diverse perspectives to the conversation. People also would like to see more examples and data on the impact of KU Core and its recertification process. And more information on strategies/practices that yielded positive impact on student learning at both course and department levels are also desired. The assessment video helps set the tone for the rest of the programs, but many people thought that the goodie bags and prizes are not necessary. The game could be shorter and better paced and include more data about graduate programs. All the feedback will be used to reshape the next event.  

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