Agenda: Learning from Study Abroad Workshop

Monday, May 21 | 205 W. Wacker Dr., Classroom 200A (2nd floor)

12:00-1:00 pm: Lunch

1:00-1:15 pm: Welcome; goals for meeting

  • John Ottenhoff (Vice President, ACM)
  • Christopher Welna (President, ACM)

1:15-1:30 pm: Meeting logistics; using SERC

How can we best capture the ideas, information, and plans produced through this workshop?

  • John McDaris (Content Developer, SERC)

1:30-2:30 pm: Project overview

Why assess liberal arts learning goals in off-campus study?

What are the premises and foundations of this particular project?

2:30-2:45 pm: Break

2:45-3:45 pm: Overview session on working with data for assessment of learning

How might we connect the broader lessons about assessing learning to assessing learning in off-campus student programs?

How can we learn about the impact of off-campus study from the Teagle Learning from Study Abroad survey?

How can we effectively use data to spark discussions about improving learning in off-campus study programs?

  • Charlie Blaich (Director, Center of Inquiry at Wabash College and the Higher Education Data Sharing Consortium (HEDS))
  • Kathleen Wise (Associate Director of Inquiries, Center of Inquiry)

3:45-5:15 pm: Working session on asking good questions from the data

Small groups exercise analyzing "scenario" data.

What conclusions would participants hypothesize in response to scenarios?

5:15-8:00 pm: Reception and dinner, Caffè Baci, 225 W. Wacker Dr.


Tuesday, May 22 | 205 W. Wacker Dr., Classroom 200A (2nd floor)

9:00-10:30 am: Working with data (continued)

What conclusions were predicted, and what do student responses show?

What causal relationships can be deduced about specific program features and liberal arts learning goals?

10:30-10:45 am: Break

10:45 am-12:00 pm: Analyzing the Learning from Study Abroad Report

What are the findings of the study and how do they compare with our hypotheses?

What do the results suggest about program design?

12:00-12:30 pm: Conclusions

Do our conclusions about the survey data suggest particular actions?

What more do we need to know?

Next steps; the June workshop

12:30 pm: Box lunches