Assessment Workshops


Whether you are just beginning your department's assessment project or need help pushing an extant project across the finish line, Dr. Joshua Potter will host a series of workshops for faculty and instructional staff during the month of October. These workshops are a great opportunity to jump-start your unit's annual assessment of student learning in advance of February's reporting cycle.

All sessions will take place in the front conference room at the Center for Teaching Excellence, 135 Budig.

  • Oct 4 / 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM / Assessment 101: Introduction to Best Practices at KU
    •  We’ll discuss the basic five-step assessment cycle, placing particular emphasis on “closing the loop” for course and curriculum improvement.
  • Oct 7 / 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM / Assessment as Inquiry
    • What sorts of questions are “fair game” as targets of study? How do we select questions worth answering? We’ll also discuss “alignment” of methods and inquiry.
  • Oct 9 / 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM / How to Build a Better Rubric
    • Most faculty tend to think of rubrics as square matrices: closed-ended, prescriptive, and uniform. Aside from these “analytic” rubrics, we’ll introduce holistic, visual, and checklist rubrics.
  • Oct 17 / 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM / Analyzing Quantitative and Qualitative Assessment Data
    • How do we move beyond mean-and-variation presentations of quantitative data? How do we use narrative-driven data to identify common themes or patterns of meaning? Are there certain ways of presenting this data that lead to actionable conclusions?
  • Oct 23 / 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM / Capstone Courses and Other Forms of Summative Assessment
    • Summative assessment is important in any degree program. We’ll discuss best practices and challenges inherent to summative assessment.
  • Oct 29 / 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM / Assessment's Impact: Measurement, Advocacy, and Storytelling
    • Beyond its value as a diagnostic tool, how can we use the assessment process to capture and represent impactful change in our programs? Can we use assessment’s impacts to advocate for resources or tell our program’s story to external audiences? This session will offer some discussion to departments who are ready to take the “next step” in their assessment practices.

Have degree-level assessment questions, but cannot attend the workshops? Please email Joshua at to set up a consultation.

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