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Olsen, Danny R.; Wygant, Steven A.; Brown, Bruce L. – Assessment Update, 2004
Recent advances in electronic data collection have opened broad new possibilities for educational assessment. Potentially significant savings in time, money, and effort make Web-based and e-mail-based surveys more and more attractive as alternatives to mail surveys and face-to-face interviews. Yet, as with any major change, questions and obstacles…
Descriptors: Educational Assessment, Mail Surveys, Computer Software, Teaching Methods
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Pike, Gary R. – Assessment Update, 2004
Recently the Educational Testing Service (ETS) has modified its Student Instructional Report II (SIR II) for use in online distance education courses. The SIR II is a second-generation survey based on more than thirty years of experience with student evaluations (Centra, 1998; Centra and Gaubatz, n.d.). The e-SIR II is based on the highly…
Descriptors: Student Evaluation, Distance Education, Educational Testing, Prior Learning
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Click, Ben A.; Magruder, Sarah C. – Assessment Update, 2004
In December 2001, as part of a Preparing Tomorrow's Teachers to Use Technology grant, the St. Mary's College writing center dedicated space, software, and trained personnel to assist students and teachers in the writing and development of electronic portfolios. They created a unified space for faculty and student development across disciplines.…
Descriptors: Portfolios (Background Materials), Portfolio Assessment, Pilot Projects, Higher Education
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McCormack, Silvia – Assessment Update, 2004
In this article, the author describes an activity which was implemented in response to a question posed by her student. It was not a study implemented formally and so cannot offer contrasts and comparisons with previous student results. However, no student in this particular group handed in work that was below a pass. The exercise indicated that…
Descriptors: Educational Strategies, Feedback (Response), Evaluation Criteria, Student Evaluation
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Cassara, Shirley – Assessment Update, 2004
As an instructor of a multinational class, the author's challenge as a teacher was not the language but how to capitalize on the wealth of cultural diversity and keep the structure of the Group Dynamics course flexible and responsive. In this article, the author describes an exercise entitled "How Do I Know Thee: A Two-Part Program for Teachers…
Descriptors: Group Dynamics, Cultural Pluralism, Educational Environment, Cultural Background
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Hegler, Kay Loomis – Assessment Update, 2004
College and university personnel have reported that learning communities increase retention and student learning. Maureen Franklin, vice president for academic affairs, realized the value that learning communities could have in academic life at Doane College (Crete, Nebraska), and in April 2003, she provided funds for two faculty members and one…
Descriptors: College Freshmen, Community Involvement, Faculty, Academic Achievement
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Rhodes, Terrel L.; Agre-Kippenhan, Susan – Assessment Update, 2004
Portland State University (PSU) is a public university with more than twenty-three thousand students enrolled in 120 undergraduate, master's, and doctoral degree programs. In the fall of 1994, the PSU faculty initiated the revised general education program, University Studies. The culmination of this four-year, interdisciplinary general education…
Descriptors: Curriculum, Higher Education, Focus Groups, Interdisciplinary Approach
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Catchings, Billy – Assessment Update, 2004
Several years ago, the University of Indianapolis embarked on its self-study for North Central Association accreditation with the issue of quality assessment linked to outcomes. As such, its Department of Communication was forced to demonstrate outcomes-oriented evaluation of student learning. After an extensive audit of the department's…
Descriptors: Student Projects, Reflective Teaching, Curriculum, Learning Experience
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Rowles, Connie J.; Koch, Daphene Cyr; Hundley, Stephen P.; Hamilton, Sharon J. – Assessment Update, 2004
Capstone experiences in higher education are not a new phenomenon. Indeed, for several decades, graduating seniors in a variety of disciplines from a wide range of institutions have participated in a course, program, or activity designed to facilitate their transition to the real world beyond the academy. It has been found that capstones provide…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Curriculum, Guidelines, Learning Experience
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Brock, Patricia Ann – Assessment Update, 2004
Assessment of teacher competence follows current educational trends in rubrics, standards, and high-stakes testing. Simultaneously, the traditional preservice education classroom is expanding into cyberspace; many teacher preparation programs are being offered through distance learning. As preservice education students complete required courses…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Required Courses, Standardized Tests, High Stakes Tests
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Blattner, Nancy H.; Frazier, Christina L. – Assessment Update, 2004
Three core learning objectives in the University Studies (general education) curriculum at Southeast Missouri State University were targeted for assessment: the ability to locate and gather information; the ability to think, reason, and analyze critically; and the ability to communicate effectively. The Assessment Committee, an interdisciplinary…
Descriptors: Educational Objectives, General Education, Critical Thinking, Higher Education
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Dodeen, Hamzeh – Assessment Update, 2004
In the fourth year (2002-2003) of the assessment effort at the United Arab Emirates University (UAEU), several programs have finished the first complete cycle of assessing selected outcomes. Faculty in these programs have finished analyzing data from a variety of valid and reliable sources, reviewed and compared assessment results, provided…
Descriptors: Program Effectiveness, Evaluation Methods, College Faculty, Higher Education
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Bers, Trudy; Kovala, Irene H. – Assessment Update, 2004
During the spring semesters of 1999 through 2003, the general education subcommittee of Oakton Community College's (Des Plaines, Illinois) Student Academic Assessment Team (SAAT) implemented a locally developed institutional approach for assessing students' achievement of general education objectives. The overall process remained essentially the…
Descriptors: General Education, Community Colleges, Educational Objectives, Academic Achievement
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Forest, James JF; Keith, Bruce – Assessment Update, 2004
The United States Military Academy (USMA) provides cadets with the intellectual foundation that they will need to succeed as military officers. The abilities to shape the physical world and to lead others in doing so are important competences of an Army officer. Therefore, the study of engineering and technology is fundamental to the education of…
Descriptors: Military Schools, Academic Achievement, Graduates, Program Effectiveness
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White, Robert W.; Gronfein, William P. – Assessment Update, 2004
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), located in a large metropolitan area, enrolls more than 29,000 students. Many of these students are the first in their families to go to college, commute to the campus for their classes, and have significant commitments--to work, spouses, children--that may interfere with their studies.…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Academic Achievement, Metropolitan Areas, Sociology
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