2008 - 2010 Keck FIDL Activity

2009 Keck/PKAL Invitational Roundtable on Assessment of Interdisciplinary Learning and ID Learning Environments

April 3 - 5, 2009

Mount Washington Conference Center
Baltimore, Maryland

Members of the PKAL Keck community were invited to send one member of their team/campus community to the 2009 Keck/PKAL Invitational Roundtable on Assessment of Interdisciplinary Learning and ID Learning Environments. Grant funds supported the full costs (travel, lodging, meals) of representatives for approximately twenty participants from the Keck/PKAL campuses.

This is a critical dimension of this Keck-supported PKAL effort. As you may remember, in the proposal we identified one project outcome as advancing what is known about assessing undergraduate STEM learning in the context of an interdisciplinary learning environment. We suggested that by engaging campuses actively involved in developing/expanding ID STEM, we could gain new understandings about the process of thinking through and arriving at STEM learning goals. We also said that our discussion of the process would be illustrated by stories from Keck campuses.

This invitational assessment roundtable was a valuable opportunity to capture the best ideas already surfacing on Keck campuses and to establish a process for continuing to gather, vet, and tell the stories of best practices in setting and assessing ID learning goals in the undergraduate STEM learning environment. It followed a roundtable planning meeting in late October that involved some of those who facilitated discussions at the roundtable. It will lead to sessions during the summer institutes in 2009 and 2010 (opportunity to drill deeper into critical issues), and ultimately to the preparation of a major paper from the Keck/PKAL community at the end of the grant period, 2010.