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1 A Beginners Guide to Tuning: Starting the Discussion with Your Colleagues Daniel J. McInerney Tuning USA Advisory Board Professor & Associate Department Head Utah State University, Department of History

2 STATE OF POST-SECONDARY EDUCATION debt completion transfer instruction access preparation pedagogy employment meaning of a degree

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4 PROBLEMS WITH PAST ASSESSMENT PLANS RE-ASSESSING OUR WORK AND GOALS

5 top-down approach isolated from the rest of the world one size fits all

6 collecting (but not using)data shhh... be quiet; maybe assessment will go away

7 REMINDERS FROM THE AHA

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9 -Assessments are here to stay -Who else but historians should respond? -Assessment and education

10 Assessment, accreditation, accountability are all part of our work as practitioners of -- and advocates for -- history

11 -How clearly do we define the learning that our discipline programs and degrees develop? -How well do our students (and their parents, their employers, their policymakers) understand these goals? -When do students understand these issues? -when they complete program of study? -when they enter program of study? -How well do we clarify these objectives and expectations to secondary schools & other post-secondary institutions ? THE QUESTIONS ADDRESSED BY TUNING

12 WHATS DIFFERENT ABOUT TUNINGS APPROACH?

13 T U N I N G informing question When students complete a program of study in history, what should they know, understand, and be able to do? MAKE THE IMPLICIT EXPLICIT

14 T U N I N G informing question bottom-up approach discipline-specific focus on learning outcomes clarity and transparency degree levels work w/colleagues at different institutions inclusive: consult a range of stakeholders diversity and autonomy a process, not a finished product

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16 10 SUGGESTIONS ON STARTING THE CONVERSATION

17 1. Meet people where they are, not where you want them to be administrative orders : annus horribilis the functions of conflict & complaint start at the endpoint a cultural change

18 2. Dont go it alone borrow from colleagues around the world EU / UK / Australian learning outcomes AHA materials Tuning Discipline Core Tuning web site Tuning discussion group Perspectives on History pamphlets on teaching & learning AHA materials Tuning Discipline Core Tuning web site Tuning discussion group Perspectives on History pamphlets on teaching & learning

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21 3. Build the project incrementally provisional learning outcomes sample rubrics single rubric for capstone inter-rater reliability revise intro survey outcomes on all syllabi pre-major

22 4. Talk with people outside academe students parents alumni employers policy makers surveys focus groups alumni letters

23 It Takes More Than a Major: Employer Priorities for College Learning and Student Success SEARCH: aacu more than a major April 2013

24 3 Key Findings Key Findings Innovation is a priority capacities that cut across majors (more important than choice of undergraduate major importance of a liberal education and the liberal arts education practices that involve students in the active application of skills. interest in e-portfolios and partnerships

25 9 Critical thinking/ analytical reasoning Ability to analyze/solve complex problems Effective oral communication Effective written communication Apply knowledge/skills to real-world settings Locate, organize, evaluate info from multiple sources Innovation/creativity Teamwork/collaboration in diverse group settings Ability to connect choices and actions to ethical decisions More emphasis than they do todayLess emphasisThe same emphasis Employers want colleges to place greater emphasis on selected outcomes

26 Center on Education and the Workforce

27 RUBRICS E-PORTFOLIOS ASSIGNMENTS TIED TO LEARNING OUTCOMES COURSE MANAGE- MENT SOFTWA RE course evaluation systems 5. Build a basket of metrics

28 6. Help students build a compelling, persuasive narrative of their education requirement sheet? checklist for graduation guide to learning Historical study develops ones ability to investigate problems, identify reliable sources, analyze information, contextualize complex questions, and communicate conclusions in a clear and thoughtful manner Historical study develops ones ability to investigate problems, identify reliable sources, analyze information, contextualize complex questions, and communicate conclusions in a clear and thoughtful manner

29 mission priorities student profile curriculum entry point majors interdisciplinary evaluations spec. resources soc/civic engagmt 7. Embrace your distinctiveness

30 Ten Tips For Here is a coherent set of learning goals. Here are the ways our institution fosters that learning in distinctive ways.

31 8. Meet with academic advisors, career counselors, campus orientation directors 8. Meet with academic advisors, career counselors, campus orientation directors

32 9. Let your students tell the story

33 10. Prepare your elevator speech

34 The AHAs Tuning project asks historians to clarify – and demystify -- the core goals and the key skills pursued in our discipline. We want to answer a basic question: when students complete a program in history, what should they know, understand, and be able to do? We ask this question to understand our own roles and responsibilities in higher education. And we want our students to understand clearly what they take from their studies into employment, further education, and civic life.

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36 Useful materials for Tuning

37 AHA Tuning website learning/current-projects/tuning

38 SEARCH page: Perspectives on History search for Tuning directories/perspectives-on-history/past-issues-x12547

39 American Historical Association membership membership/join-the-aha

40 5/c58681b6-801e-49e1-bf55-4ff29e1b800b.pdf

41 Tuning USA

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43 Tuning China Tuning has become a global project /


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