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2018 Symposium


The Fifth Annual

Assessment as Research Symposium

Building Mode: Sharing Practices, Successes, and Lessons Learned


Presentations & Posters

March 7, 2018

9:00 a.m. ~ 12:00 p.m.

KL 355 ~ Third Floor of the Library

Organized by the Campus Working Group on Assessment with support from the Office of Undergraduate Education, and the Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor’s Office.



Round Table 1: How to Facilitate the Use of Survey Data and Institutional Data in Assessment Work
Hosts: Corinne Townsend and Steve Chatman, Institutional Research and Decision Support

Round Table 2: The Student Voice in Assessment
Host: Alisha Kimble, Office of Undergraduate Education

Round Table 3: Assessment and Continuous Improvement
Host: Jason Martin,  Business and Financial Strategic Initiatives 


Students Assessing Teaching and Learning (SATAL) Program

Small group inquiry as a way to foster critical thinking, further understanding of material, and improve test performance in an introductory marine science course—an Undergraduate Learning Outcomes Assessment: Pedagogy and Program Planning project at UC Merced
Jesse Wilson and J. Michael Beman, Biological Sciences, Earth Systems Science

Assessing Student Self-Efficacy in an Entry-Level Biology Course
Sarah Abboud, Biological Sciences


Opening Remarks 
Tom Peterson, Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor

Teaching Critical Thinking: Challenges and Strategies
Ekta Kandhway, Interdisciplinary Humanities Graduate Program

Nothing is Set in Stone:  Updating and Aligning our Co-curricular Student Learning Outcomes
Emily Langdon, Leilani Kupo, Onar Primitivo, Student Affairs

Developing Assessment Mechanisms by Humanist Design
Nigel Hatton, English 

Questions / Discussion

Using Exit Slips for Formative Assessment of Instruction
Somnath Sinha, Natural Science Education

How Administrative Units Can Take Part in Assessment Activities to Provide Evidence of Continuous Improvement
Amy Moffat, School of Natural Sciences

Questions / Discussion

Analyzing Library Occupancy and Use
Elizabeth Salmon, Joe Ameen, Library

UC Merced Technology-Enabled Active Learning (TEAL) Spaces - Assessment and Future Plans
James Zimmerman, Center for Engaged Teaching and Learning

Questions / Discussion

Closing Remarks 
Elizabeth Whitt, Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Education