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Measurable Outcomes and Meaningful Measures

workshop by Dr. Catherine Wehlburg, Executive Director, Office of Assessment and Quality Enhancement, Texas Christian University

Friday, October 16, 2009
12:30 pm to 4:15 pm
Sky Room, Holmes Student Center


Dr. Catherine Wehlburg
Catherine Wehlburg

During this session, a technique called the Mobius Strip will be used by Dr. Wehlburg to demonstrate the interconnections between student learning outcomes and assessment as applied to NIU Baccalaureate Goals. Creating measurable outcomes of student learning can be challenging, however, when they are well-developed, they can be used to enhance the assessment process in meaningful ways. Participants will gain information on how to write useful and measurable outcomes and how to identify and create authentic assessment. This hands-on session will enable participants to modify existing or create new student learning outcomes and meaningful assessment measures.

Dr. Catherine M. Wehlburg is the Assistant Provost for Institutional Research at Texas Christian University. She has taught psychology and educational psychology courses for more than a decade, serving as department chair for some of that time and then branched into faculty development and assessment after serving as the self-study coordinator for her initial institution. In addition, she has worked with both the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association and the Commission on Colleges with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools as an outside evaluator. She has served as editor of To Improve the Academy and is currently the Editor-in-Chief for the New Directions in Teaching and Learning series. Dr. Wehlburg regularly presents workshops on assessment, academic transformation, and the teaching/learning process. Her books include Promoting Integrated and Transformative Assessment: A Deeper Focus on Student Learning and Meaningful Course Revision: Enhancing Academic Engagement Using Student Learning Data.  She earned her Ph.D. in educational psychology from the University of Florida. The tentative schedule for the workshop is as follows:

Tentative Workshop Outline:

Session (12:30 pm - 4:15 pm)
12:30 pm
1:00 pm
1:15 pm
Overview of Writing Outcomes and Measures
1:45 pm
Working Groups organized by goals to create several outcomes for each goal
2:30 pm
2:45 pm
Sharing of goals with larger group, getting feedback from all
3:30 pm
Revising Outcomes and (maybe) measures
4:00 pm
Wrapping up the process and deciding on next steps
4:15 pm
Conclusion and Evaluation

Assessment Services
Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center

Registration Information:

The workshop is open only to NIU administrators, faculty and staff. Registered participants will receive workshop materials and refreshments. Advanced registration is required. Please fill out the form below to register for this workshop. Due to the expensive nature of the program and the advance notice needed for arranging food and materials, please register by the deadline and plan to attend the entire workshop.

Registration Deadline: October 2, 2009. After you register, if you are unable to attend, please inform the Center by October 9, 2009 so that those on the waiting list could be given the opportunity to attend the workshop or program costs could be reduced.

Registration is closed for this program.

Last Updated: 07/10/2014