2018 Scholarship of Assessment Grant Recipients
Capstone Course Design & Student Learning Outcomes in the Department of Theatre
Kaya Dunn – Assistant Professor of Acting
Tom Burch – Assistant Professor of Scenic Design
Lynne Conner – Chair & Professor, Department of Theatre
Elena Payne-Wiens – Assistant Dean for Advising & Assessment
Project Description – The Theatre Department submitted and received approval for an extensive curricular redesign of the existing B.A. in Theatre, creating a new 19-credit-hour “core” and four new concentrations in addition to the existing Theatre Education Concentration. As part of the new curriculum, each new concentration added a new, dedicated Senior Capstone course. Two Theatre faculty developed syllabi, course packets, resources and recommended assignments, and created student learning outcomes rubrics for two new Capstone courses.
Scientific Writing Assessment in the Department of Biological Sciences
Carrie Wells – Lecturer in Ecology and Biogeography
Project Description – Carrie developed a Scientific Writing course meant to introduce students to scientific writing and communication skills early in their academic careers in biology and encourage them to practice and incorporate these skills in other biology courses. She examined the four previous semesters of this course’s outcomes. The results were used to better align all course activities and assessments to the Department of Biological Sciences learning outcomes involving written and oral communication, to make updates to the course syllabus and schedule, and to provide additional scaffolding and sequencing of assignments.