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Student Learning and Core Institutional Values David Sill Laura Strand Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
What can we assess? vs. What should we assess? Confidence in assessing skills and content What about assessing the ineffable? –Core values? –High school vs. college? –Lower division vs. upper division? –Integrated learning?
SIUEs Shared Values Citizenship Social, civic and political responsibility, globally, nationally, locally, and within the University Active partnerships and a climate of collaboration and cooperation among faculty, staff, students and the larger community Environmental stewardship Excellence High quality student learning Continuous improvement and innovation Outstanding scholarship and public service Standards consonant with the premier status to which we aspire Integrity Accountability to those we serve and from whom we receive support Honesty in our communications and in our actions Openness Inclusion of the rich diversity of humankind in all aspects of university life Respect for individual differences Intellectual freedom and diversity of thought Access for all who can benefit from our programs Wisdom Creation, preservation, and sharing of knowledge Application of knowledge in a manner that promotes the common good Life-long learning
Statement of Objectives for the Baccalaureate Degree Include broad and ambitious objectives: 1.intellectual development 2.contributions to society 3.well-informed, effective citizens 4.leadership 5.self-reflection and self-assessment 6.life-long learning 7.events of the world in broad perspective 8.reasoned approach to challenges
Analytic, Problem-solving, and Decision-making Skills Oral and Written Communication Skills Foundation in Liberal Arts and Sciences Value of Diversity Scientific Literacy Ethics Preparation in an Academic or Professional Discipline To achieve these purposes, the University seeks to impart the following abilities and knowledge to its students through their general education and study in their academic majors and minors: Value of Diversity
Value of Diversity All students will gain an understanding of the traditions that influence American culture and of the traditions of other cultures in order to develop a respect for and a sensitivity to ethnic and cultural diversity. Students will gain a deeper understanding of global interdependence. Statement of Objectives for the Baccalaureate Degree
Value of Diversity All students will gain an understanding of the traditions that influence American culture and of the traditions of other cultures in order to develop a respect for and a sensitivity to ethnic and cultural diversity. Students will gain a deeper understanding of global interdependence.
What will tests or surveys tell us about: sensitivity to ethnic and cultural diversity
What will tests or surveys tell us about: understanding of global interdependence
Common means for assessing student learning? Self reports.
Common means for assessing student learning? Standardized tests. National Tests –Uses of ACT's CAAP.htmUses of ACT's CAAP.htm –ACT's CAAP Tests.htmACT's CAAP Tests.htm Reading Writing Skills Writing EssayReading Writing Skills Writing Essay Mathematics Science Critical ThinkingMathematics Science Critical Thinking What does CAAP assess?
Group 1Write a test question that assesses understanding of global interdependence Group 2Write a survey question that assesses sensitivity to ethnic and cultural diversity
Senior Assignment (SRA) Graduation Requirement Academic simulator –Goes beyond classroom –Students produce products that make learning visible and assessable –Student learning becomes public –Makes visible learning in the discipline and the broader baccalaureate objectives.
Hondencia weaving Study with Indigenous Craftspeople in rural Mexico
Mexica Project Faculty : Prof Paul Dresang, Ceramics Assoc. Prof. Laura Strand, Textiles 5 Trips in 10 years 118 students
Mexica 98 The Mountains of Mexico tower above the small town of Tlaxiaco. The valley a bowl contains a smorgasbord of people, dialects, beliefs, and colors. The people are poor, but richer than many of us. The language of many dialects becomes one voice. The same beliefs their ancestors had for hundreds of years. The color of the people, their clothing, their homes, and the surrounding landscapes. This piece represents all of these things as well as the spirituality and beauty of Mexico. Karen Appel
Images flew by as quickly as my time in Mexico. From the ruins at Mitla and Monte Alban to the pottery I was witness to, the images piled up in my mind. They merged to create a strange juxtaposition, which formed into a single image. In this piece, I attempted to convey these feelings by playing with the placement and over lapping of images. I wanted the viewer to see, if only in a small way, how images bombard you in such a small amount of time. Jonathan Brumfield "Deluge" 8" x 11" lithograph
Mexico can be an artist's paradise in the images it offers. I cannot deny the desire to document a culture the stands in such contrast with my life. It is difficult, if not impossible to remain objective. My camera became a tool to record the beauty and sorrow I observed in Tlaxiaco and Oaxaca City. Here I had the rare opportunity to observe a society from the outside. I continue to question my right to intrude into the lives of my subjects. Marsha K. Daniels "Through the Lens" 11" x 14" photograph
I am amazed by the simplicity, in which the Mexicans live and work. They get their materials from the land. Handspun and dyed yarns create their warp, sticks and cactus make the loom, and clay dug form the earth and mixed with water shape their pots. With the most basic of tools and their own two hands, they create beautiful and intricate pieces with more meaning than any machine could produce. It was my intention to do a piece, which would follow this pattern by turning what would seem like a "simple" snapshot into a more complex form. Melinda Hoenig Untitled 36" x 22" photographs
Self-inflicted change is truly unusual in this culture. Their lives are filled with calming repetition. In our world spontaneity and change are parts of our evolution. These traits may also be part of our regression. The objects they create have become their identity, tangible extensions of their being. Shawnta Ray Untitled 42" x 18" sisal, steel
When students are offered the opportunity to view their lives, assumptions and country through the lens of another culture => they return with a new respect for both people they have visited and for their home. Follow up exercise: => Students are guided to reflect on and utilize what they have learned Utilizing several means of expression (I.e.writing, artmaking, conversational critique) and multiple viewpoints (I.e. personal artmaking, and public exhibition) returns multiplied benefits. Every activity pushes all the activities forward
Group 1Design an experience for your discipline to assess understanding of global interdependence Group 2Design an experience for your discipline to assess sensitivity to ethnic and cultural diversity