Winter Institute on Learning 2022
The 2022 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 uses 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 email@example.com.
Program Educational Goals
The first part of the institute will focus on program educational goals and will be held on Tuesday, January 18, and Wednesday, January 19. 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 collecting these goals from all degree programs so they can be published in the academic catalog so this part of the institute can help faculty participate in that process.
Click to View Day One (Tuesday, January 18, 2022) Agenda
|9:00||Welcome and context setting|
|9:15||Introduce program educational goals with examples, definitions, and common approaches|
|10:15||Begin work to develop or revise 2-3 goals with CTAL support|
|10:45||Teams work together on their own time the remainder of the day|
|3:00||Optional check-in with CTAL for feedback and support|
Click to View Day Two (Wednesday, January 19, 2022) Agenda
|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|
Program Assessment Plans
The second part of the institute will focus on program educational assessment plans and will be held on Tuesday, January 25, and Wednesday, January 26. 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 2023 so they can be shared with deans and incorporated in the annual appraisal of faculty, particularly department chairs and program directors, so this part of the institute will help faculty prepare for that process.
Click to View Day One (Tuesday, January 25, 2022) Agenda
|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|
|2:00||Optional check-in with CTAL for feedback and support|
Click to View Day Two (Wednesday, January 26, 2022) Agenda
|9:00||Teams share draft assessment plans developed or refined on day one|
|9:45||Planning to move ahead after the institute|
|10:15||Teams share their initial plans for moving ahead|
|10:30||Reflection, feedback, and development of plans to continue this work after the institute|
Applications were due on December 11. If you are interested in participating in WIL, please contact Kevin R. Guidry at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications were solicited from teams of faculty members:
- Focused on one specific degree-granting program
- Composed of 2-5 members
- Possessing a diversity of teaching experiences and knowledge in the program e.g., the course coordinator for the introductory sequence, a senior faculty member who has taught capstone experiences, and two other colleagues
- Composed of faculty in any rank and track.
Teams were welcome to apply for one or both parts of the institute.