Winter Institute on Learning 2021

The 2021 Winter Institute on Learning will help faculty in degree-granting programs focus on two processes critical to guiding and understanding student learning: (a) creating or revising program educational goals and (b) creating or revising a program assessment plan. The institute is intended for small groups of faculty (2-5 people) who will learn processes and develop drafts of materials to be shared with and further developed with other faculty in their program. Depending on their needs, faculty can participate in one or both parts of the institute.

The institute will use a mix of CTAL guided coaching, individual work-time, and peer feedback. Colleagues in CTAL will prepare packets of information for each group of faculty – existing material in the current academic catalog, information collected from programs as part of the writing of the university’s 2021 Middle States Self-Study, relevant scholarship in the specific discipline, etc. – and provide them to faculty to assist in their work during and after the institute. Each part of the institute is intended to help faculty begin these important processes and develop concrete roadmaps for continuing them with all of their colleagues.

Please direct questions to Kevin R. Guidry, CTAL Associate Director of Educational Assessment, at krguidry@udel.edu.

WIL Part One:
Program Educational Goals

The first part of the institute will focus on program educational goals and will be held on Tuesday, January 19, and Wednesday, January 20. Participating faculty will analyze the curricula and other existing materials that describe their degree program to create or revise the overall educational goals of the program. The university is preparing to begin collecting these goals from all degree programs beginning in the fall of 2021 so they can be published in the academic catalog so this part of the institute will help faculty prepare for that process.

Draft Agenda Day One (Tuesday, January 19, 2021)

 

9:00 Welcome and context setting
9:15 Introduce program educational goals with examples, definitions, and common approaches
10:15 Begin work to draft 1-2 goals with CTAL support
10:45 Break
11:00 Teams work together on their own time the remainder of the day
3:00 Optional check-in with CTAL for feedback and support

 

Draft Agenda Day Two (Wednesday, January 20, 2021)

 

9:00 Teams share draft goals developed or refined on day one
9:15 Introduce curriculum mapping
9:30 Teams begin developing or refining their curriculum map
10:00 Reflection, feedback, and development of plans to continue this work after the institute

 

Part Two:
Program Assessment Plans

The second part of the institute will focus on program educational assessment plans and will be held on Tuesday, January 26, and Wednesday, January 27. Participating faculty will begin the construction of a curricular map and a list of activities and artifacts that are already part of the program. The university is preparing to begin collecting these assessment plans and results from them beginning in the fall of 2022 so they can be shared with deans and incorporated in the annual appraisal of faculty, particularly department chairs and program director, so this part of the institute will help faculty prepare for that process.

Draft Agenda Day One (Tuesday, January 26, 2021)

 

9:00 Welcome and introduction to curriculum mapping
9:15 Teams begin developing or refining their curriculum map
10:00 Broader context setting
(teams who attended Part One of the institute do not have to join until this time)
10:15 Introduce assessment plan characteristics and examples
10:30 Introduce artifact inventory and teams begin to draft a list of available artifacts
11:00 Teams begin developing or refining their assessment plans on their own time the remainder of the day
3:00 Optional check-in with CTAL for feedback and support

 

Draft Agenda Day Two (Wednesday, January 27, 2021)

 

9:00 Teams share draft assessment plans developed or refined on day one
10:00 Reflection, feedback, and development of plans to continue this work after the institute

 

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