In a plenary session at the 2002 Summer Institute, participants explored the theme Setting and assessing goals for student learning. One valuable exercise was to identify ways to assess student progress toward achieving skills identified with an undergraduate research experience.
"The key feature of the SALG instrument is its exclusive "learning gains" focus. It includes four main areas of potential learning gains, with sample questions that you can modify to fit your course goals and teaching strategies...The SALG template on the Website contains 46 samples questions, grouped in sections–such as Class and Lab Activities, Resources, Skills–that you may adapt, drop, or add to as you wish."
W. Robert Connor These recent essays reflect on a graph based on the freshman surveys by the Higher Education Research Institute at UCLA and an article in the Boston Globe about a conference at Dartmouth College.
Susan B. Millar, Paul H. Williams Credible assessment is crucial to the success of any curricular reform efforts whose goals are to improve student learning and skill development. A new strategy designed to determine whether changes in student learning and skill development are measurable.
Maureen Scharberg Although I have no formal education in assessment since my graduate degree is in chemistry, I just thought it was an important component as I began my career in chemical education. While teaching this course, I realized that the curriculum and pedagogy seemed to be working well.
Adele J. Wolfson An undergraduate research experience is widely regarded as a key element in science education. The recent report from the National Research Council recommends that, “All students be encouraged to pursue independent research as early as is practical in their education.”