2017 KU Annual Student Learning Symposium
The third annual KU Student Learning Symposium, presented by the Office of the Provost and the Center for Teaching Excellence, has concluded on Friday March 43rd, 2017 at the Alumni Center.
Highlights of the event included:
- The 2017 Degree-Level Assessment Award was presented to the German BA program
- The 2017 Haufler Core Innovation Award was presented to Curriculum & Teaching 100
- Four concurrent sessions:
- KU Core Review, with DeAngela Burns-Wallace and Colin Roust
- Undergraduate Assessment, with German, Chemistry, and Exercise Science
- Graduate Assessment, with Art History, Mechanical Engineering, and Geography & Atmospheric Science
- Assessment Basics, with CTE Learning Specialist
- Talking with Colleagues about Student Learning, with CTE Learning Specialist
- Lunch Session: The lunch section focused on snapshots of students' experiences, constraints, and perspectives at KU and how these impact their learning and performance in the classroom. DeAngela Burns-Wallace, Vice Provost of Undergraduate Studies, presented institutional data on KU's low-income and first-generation students before facilitating a discussion of how faculty can adopt teaching practices in response to student needs. Doug Ward, Assistant Director of the CTE, presented the results of his work with student focus groups on undergraduate classroom experiences.
- Team Activity: Dea Greenhoot, Direct of the CTE, hosted a "desert island" activity, where teams worked together to assemble a vital set of assessment tools they'd take with them in the event they needed to implement an assessment plan while stranded on a desert island. A trio of administrators -- Stuart Day, Carl Lejeuz, and DeAngela Burns-Wallace -- judged the final projects based on creativity, humor, and effectiveness.
- Feedback: This year saw the largest group of registrants for the SLS in the event's three-year history. Attendees found the lunch session to be particularly helpful, noting the value of thinking about the challenges faced by some of KU's students and brainstorming ways in which faculty can respond to these challenges by providing support and guidance in the classroom. As with past years, attendees found the concurrent breakout sessions useful because they offered opportunities to connect with colleagues on matters of assessment. Some participants expressed concerns about the quality of the examples and future iterations of the SLS will carefully curate these examples from departments across KU. The new sessions on the logistics of assessment (Basics & Talking with Colleagues) were found to be particularly helpful and the SLS will continue to offer similar logistics-focused sessions in the future. In response to problems with technology and time management, next year's SLS will be moved to a different venue in the Kansas Union and the morning's opening plenary presentations will be scaled back or reallocated to the breakout sessions.