National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment | University of Illinois

National Coalition for Learning Outcomes Assesment

Archive

The Chronicle’s Best Ideas for Teaching, 2017

Author: The Chronicle of Higher Education

Published Date:September 21, 2017

A compilation of 10 articles by The Chronicle of Higher Education describing 2017’s most innovative teaching methods regarding students’ ability to retain focus and demonstrate the required learning outcomes is the focus of the best ideas for teaching edition.

Published Date: September 21, 2017


Harvard Professor Tells Students They Should Come to Class

Author: Scott Jaschik for Inside Higher Ed

Published Date:September 20, 2017

A year after professor David Malan encouraged students to rely on videos instead of live lectures, he found no decline in learning outcomes. In fact, it was quite the opposite with students having the ability to absorb learning at their own pace and come back with questions about topics that they may have not understood at first. The energy of a live audience, however, is the reason Malan requested students to attend lectures in person this fall.

Published Date: September 20, 2017


Help Your Students Earn A's by Not Focusing on Grades

Author: Nick Roll for Inside Higher Ed

Published Date:August 31, 2017

A recently published paper "Using Goals to Motivate College Students: Theory and Evidence from Field Experiments" by Damon Clark, David Gill, Victoria Prowse, and Mark Rush finds that goal-setting can help students do better academically. Specifically, having students set tangible short-term goals on tasks which help them successfully complete a course were more effective than setting a goal to earn a specific grade.

Published Date: August 31, 2017


Congratulations to the 2017 Excellence in Assessment (EIA) Designees!

Published Date:August 30, 2017

Five colleges and universities were named the 2017 Excellence in Assessment (EIA) designees, recognizing their commitment to the comprehensive assessment of student learning outcomes as a means to drive internal improvement and advance student success: Bowling Green State University; James Madison University; Middlesex Community College; Rio Salado College; and Southern Connecticut State University. One institution, James Madison University, received the designation of Sustained Excellence in Assessment. Please join us in congratulating the 2017 EIA Designees! Application materials for the 2018 EIA Designation will be available in November. 

Published Date: August 30, 2017


How Do I Help Students Engage Productively in Active Learning Classrooms?

Author: Stephanie Chasteen for PhysPort

Published Date:August 30, 2017

Active learning strategies can take time to garner student-buy in. This article offers research-based recommendations and examples on how to better engage students in active learning.

Published Date: August 30, 2017


What’s My Grade: Why Students Need to Understand Learning and Assessment

Author: Thomas Leary for The Evolllution

Published Date:August 30, 2017

Students tend to focus on grades instead of their actual learning gains, which points to a lack of student understanding on the importance of learning and assessment in the classroom. To help resolve this, the author discusses more student-centered assessment approaches.

Published Date: August 30, 2017


Accreditation is a Learning Experience

Author: Ellie Ashford for Community College Daily

Published Date:August 29, 2017

Accreditation is a process of quality assurance where colleges and universities can demonstrate the impact they have on students' learning. However, accreditation can also be a learning experience for institutions. Each accrediting body offers various ways institutions can maintain quality and transparency; some of which are explored in this article.

Published Date: August 29, 2017


The Chronicle for Higher Education's Teaching Newsletter

Author: The Chronicle of Higher Education

Published Date:August 29, 2017

The Chronicle has developed a weekly newsletter focused on teaching and learning. This inaugural edition of the newsletter discusses the syllabus, teaching practices, and other useful resources.

Published Date: August 29, 2017


New Issue of Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning

Published Date:August 21, 2017

We invite you to peruse the most recent issues of  Change: The Magazine of Higher Learningvolume 49 Issue 2 and Issue 3. Included in these issues are Symbolic Translation and What Our Work Requires by Clifford Adelman, and Reframing Student Success in College: Advancing Know-What and Know-How by Jillian Kinzie and George Kuh, respectively.  

Published Date: August 21, 2017


Summer 2017 issue of Research & Practice in Assessment

Published Date:August 21, 2017

The Summer 2017 issue of Research & Practice in Assessment is now available. Included in this issue are the articles "Examining Construct Validity of the Quantitative Literacy VALUE Rubric in College-level STEM Assignments" by Julie S. Gray, Melissa A. Brown, and John P. Connolly, and "Proof in the Pudding: Implications of Measure Selection in Academic Outcomes Assessment" by Stacy J. Priniski and Erin Winterrowd.

Published Date: August 21, 2017


Preparing the Next Generation of Leaders

Author: Everette J. Freeman for Higher Education Today

Published Date:August 2, 2017

Dr. Everette Freeman, president of the Community College of Denver (CCD) which is a Hispanic-Serving Institution enrolling 30% Latinx students, reflects on strategies CCD utilizes to help its students persevere and succeed.

Published Date: August 2, 2017


NILOA's Third National Provost Survey Has Now Closed

Author: NILOA

Published Date:August 1, 2017

We would like to thank all of those who participated in our third National NILOA Provost Survey. We hope this survey helps us gain a current picture of outcomes assessment practices nationwide. Please feel free to review the 2017 survey, along with previous survey reports.

Published Date: August 1, 2017


First-Gen Faculty

Author: Colleen Flaherty for Inside Higher Ed

Published Date:August 1, 2017

The University of California System is hoping to better serve first-generation students by encouraging faculty to identify themselves as first-generation through visual aids (e.g., wearing shirts and buttons) in hopes that students seek them out and build positive role model/mentor relationships.

Published Date: August 1, 2017


Degree Plus?

Author: Jeremy Bauer-Wolf for Inside Higher Ed

Published Date:July 31, 2017

The University of Utah is now offering a stackable credential aimed at equipping liberal arts graduates with the technical skills employers seek. The certificate program, which the institution refers to as a "Degree-plus," consists of approximately seven weeks of additional classes.

Published Date: July 31, 2017


Perfect Storm Skills Shortage Threatens Economy, But We Have a Path Forward

Author: Chad Ahren for Lumina Foundation

Published Date:July 24, 2017

Using lessons learned from the 2017 Education Symposium, the author argues that a path to remedy the current skills shortage has led to an increase in nontraditional educational offerings, such as competency-based education (CBE) programs. Examples of the Army’s CBE approaches with nontraditional students have been effective in capturing acquired skills of its soldiers.

Published Date: July 24, 2017


To Students, Many College Learning Experiences Feel Like They're From 'Another Century'

Author: Goldie Blumenstyk for The Chronicle of Higher Education

Published Date:July 24, 2017

In this interview with Richard Culatta, CEO of the International Society for Technology in Education, he makes the case for ensuring effective use of technology in the classroom.

Published Date: July 24, 2017


Backers of an Audit Model for Judging Education Quality Invite Feedback

Author: Goldie Blumenstyk for the Chronicle of Higher Education

Published Date:July 21, 2017

Supporters of an alternative accreditation approach that calls for independent third-parties to audit colleges and universities have released a 22-page outline of how this approach could work.

Published Date: July 21, 2017


Does Redesigning Classrooms Make a Difference to Students?

Author: Shannon Najmabadi for the Chronicle of Higher Education

Published Date:July 21, 2017

A study shows how instructional space can impact student engagement when used in tandem with active-learning techniques.

Published Date: July 21, 2017


Dear New Instructor: It’s Not All on You

Author: David Gooblar in the Chronicle Vitae

Published Date:July 20, 2017

David Gooblar offers advice to new instructors about conceptualizing their role in the classroom and the role of students resulting in a successful course.

Published Date: July 20, 2017


Fear of Looking Stupid

Author: David Matthews for Times Higher Education and Inside Higher Education

Published Date:July 20, 2017

In this article, David Matthews discusses the hesitation of faculty members to adopt new, innovative pedagogical practices because of potential fear of embarrassing themselves in front of their students while adapting, along with concerns over negative student evaluations.

Published Date: July 20, 2017