Workshop 1: Interpreting the LSA Results for ACM Programs
May 21-22, 2012 | 205 W. Wacker Dr., Classroom 200A, Chicago, IL
This hands-on workshop, modeled on the successful Center of Inquiry data workshops, will help participants learn how to interpret and, more importantly, use assessment data about ACM off-campus programs.
The workshop is for invited participants only. Please submit the registration form by April 19, 2012.
Review data collected from students enrolled in ACM off-campus study
programs through the Teagle-funded Learning from Study Abroad (LSA)
- Consider how that data might reveal
which program elements and experiences have the most impact and
contribute to students achieving liberal arts learning goals.
participants' confidence in their ability to work with survey and
assessment data and to use this data to improve advising of students and
shaping of campus policies regarding off-campus study.
broadly discuss ways of using data from the LSA survey and other
sources to improve student learning in off-campus study programs;
analyze the LSA potential as a tool for understanding liberal arts
learning in off-campus programs; and begin wider discussions about
assessing off-campus study learning.
Charlie Blaich and Kathy Wise from the Center of Inquiry, along with the
Teagle Assessment Scholars, have deep experience in helping colleagues
ask good questions about the data and then formulating plans of action.
Among the questions to be pursued are the following:
- What are the broad patterns observable across ACM programs? To what extent does a study abroad experience contribute to the learning goals of the liberal arts?
- Are there particular study abroad program attributes (e.g., home stay, length of program, language requirements, etc.) that have greater or less impact on the achievement of liberal arts learning goals? Are there particular experiences (e.g., attending cultural events, making friends with students in host culture) that seem to have a marked impact?
- How do the learning outcomes derived from study abroad relate to the growing body of information on liberal arts learning from campus-based aspects of the educational experience?
- In looking at individual programs, can we see any patterns, especially when connecting the LSA data with ACM program evaluations?
Does any information from the surveys suggest action in terms of program or curriculum design?