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Learning Outcomes and Assessment | Workshops

Upcoming Workshops

Among the workshops sponsored by COLA and OIRA are the following:

  • Orientation to Assessment of Student Learning: Four Questions Every Academic Program Should Answer

    March 2, 2016
    1-2:30: Provost's Conference Room: Leonard Hall 1st Floor

    In this workshop, we'll provide faculty with insight into the process of assessing student learning in the major. We'll discuss the steps necessary to ensure that your review of the program is meaningful and useful. This session is for any faculty member who is new to the assessment process or is interested in getting involved in assessing an academic program.

  • Celebrating Assessment

    By invitation. RSVP to Karen Froslid Jones at

    2016 marks American University's 15th year of its formal assessment program. In that time, academic units across the university have improved the ways that they define student success, assess student progress, and use results to enhance the curriculum. Join the Senate Committee on Learning Assessment for lunch as we thank those who have shepherded the assessment programs in their units this year. A small panel will share their "lessons learned" about using assessment to improve the student experience and there will be time to share our success stories and learn from others.

  • Implementing Academic Program Assessment Plans

    April (Date TBD)

    Information forthcoming.

Previous Workshops

  • Connecting Learning Outcomes and Assessments: Learn How

    By Kathy McAdams (Office of Institutional Research and Assessment) and Sheila Bedford (KSB) (Chairs), Douglas Fox (CAS-CHEM), Kimberley Cowell-Meyers (SPA) and Christine Lawrence (SOC)

    Assessment begins with learning outcomes and analytical tools and can be effectively used to improve student learning in assignments, courses, and curricula. This panel will share examples of how assessment results have been applied to make positive changes and increase student learning.

    Friday January 10, 2014

  • COLA Spring Workshare and Lunch - Wednesday, April 9: Goldilocks and Learning Outcomes: What Makes Assessment "Just Right?"

    Time: noon to 1:30 p.m. Date: Wednesday, April 9 2014 Place: Hughes Formal Lounge

    Have you done assessments, only to find that you can't use them? Or have you learned practical ways of looking at students learning that you'd like to share? Maybe you had difficulty finding assessment methods that "work" for you--or you're feeling that assessment is just too cumbersome? Learn how to focus your department's efforts on assessments that are meaningful. Q and A and discussion will follow. Lunch will be served.

    No matter the issue, come to share, and bring a friend.

    This year's discussion will begin with comments from Rose Shinko of SIS and Andre Tschemplik of Philosophy-CAS, among others.

    RSVP to Kathy McAdams at This workshop is sponsored by the AU Committee on Learning Assessment and the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment.

  • Helping Your Department Advance and Implement Effective Assessment Plans: A workshop for Administrative Assistants

    Wednesday, April 16, 2014 2-3:30 p.m.

    Presentation, discussion, and light refreshments will bring together key departmental players in the assessment of student learning. Participants in this workshop participants will be able to: · Describe the assessment process and identify why it is so important to AU’s success.
    · Read their department’s assessment plans and know how to identify actions that the department needs to take this spring in order to implement the plan.
    · Gain insights into how staff can help with the assessment process, including how to organize data collection, report findings, and upload supporting documents.
    · Learn the basics of how to use “TracDat”, AU’s Assessment Software.

    RSVP to Kathy McAdams, Assessment Advisor, at

  • Results into Action: How to Use Assessment Findings
    A workshop for faculty at noon, Wednesday, May 21, 2014

    Imagine this
    : Half of your students score below expectations on basic knowledge in your field. What do you do next?

    Or this: 100% of your students have scores deemed “good” or “excellent” on a national test of communication skills. How do you spread the word of their success?

    We will consider how to move from results to action such as:

    · Using results to enhance the curriculum.
    · Engaging faculty colleagues in discussions of student strengths and needs.
    · Publicizing successful assessment results.

    Please join the Committee on Learning Assessment (COLA) for exchange of ideas! Lunch will be served.

    When: Noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 21

    Three faculty members will share how they have used assessment results, followed by Q-and-A and discussion.

    For more information, please contact Kathy McAdams at or at x6159.

    Please RSVP to


    When was the last time your department reviewed its assessment plan? As departments and programs evolve, so should the learning outcomes and assessment methods. Fall is a great time to review the plan so that you can implement changes in the spring. Let’s us help you jumpstart your assessments so that your next assessment report is easy to do – and meaningful!

    This workshop will help you improve the timing of your assessments, the methods you use, and the ways that you can align assessments with other curriculum initiatives.

    Who should attend? Department chairs, department representatives working on curriculum reform, and those interested in participating in their units assessment efforts.

    Do I have to know much about assessment? No! If you are new to assessment this workshop will help bring you up to speed. If you are already familiar with assessment, the workshop will help guide you to next steps.


    Wednesday, December 3, 10-11:30 am, Provost’s Conference Room, Leonard Hall.

    Treats will be served!

    If you can, please RSVP to or to so that we have enough printed materials and treats. Last minute participants are also welcome.