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Using Qualtrics for Assessment

Qualtrics, a survey tool available to all K-State faculty and staff, has many uses for assessment.  The video below details several ways Qualtrics can facilitate direct and indirect assessment across a variety of situations, including:

  • Gathering data from internships
  • Transitioning evaluation processes from paper forms to electronic means
  • Facilitating project and dissertation defense processes

For additional information or assistance in setting up Qualtrics to meet your assessment needs, contact the Office of Assessment.

Additional videos can be found on our YouTube channel.

Attend a Fall 2018 Assessment Workshop

New to assessment, or want to learn advanced techniques to collect more meaningful assessment data?  The Office of Assessment is hosting several upcoming workshops covering concepts and tools that can be used to effectively and efficiently improve student learning.

The workshops are free and open to all faculty, staff, and graduate students.  No registration is required.

Introduction to Student Learning Assessment

For those new to assessment or wanting brush up on their basic concepts and skills.  This workshop will cover the basics of assessment, from writing learning outcomes, to collecting data, to using assessment for improvement.

      • Oct 11, 2:30-3:30, 113 Leadership Studies
      • Oct 12, 10:30-11:30, 112 Leadership Studies
Using Canvas for Assessment

For faculty, staff, or program coordinators wanting to streamline the data collection process, this workshop will cover the assessment features of Canvas.  Using these features can make assessment data collection efficient and easy for faculty and programs.  Data collected from canvas can also be displayed in a dashboard.

      • Oct 4, 2:30-3:30, 113 Leadership Studies
      • Oct 5, 10:30-11:30, 112 Leadership Studies
Using Qualtrics for Assessment

For programs, faculty, and staff needing to collect assessment data outside of the classroom, the Qualtrics survey system provides a diverse set of tools for programs to collect assessment data from on and off-campus raters.  This workshop will cover tips and tricks to make Qualtrics useful for assessment.

      • Oct 18, 2:30-3:30, 113 Leadership Studies
      • Oct 19, 10:30-11:30, 112 Leadership Studies

2017-18 Senior Survey Results Available

Graduating seniors continue to rate Kansas State University highly in many areas. Of the 1,623 respondents (41.6% response rate) to the 2017-18 Senior Survey, over 92% rated their undergraduate experience positively and indicated they would recommend K-State to others.

View detailed reports and additional information on the Senior Survey.

Offered at the end of each semester by the Office of Assessment, the Senior Survey is designed to give undergraduate students the opportunity to reflect upon their K-State experiences. Results are used to improve the college experience for current and future students by identifying both strengths and areas that need further development. The survey includes questions related to satisfaction with academic programs, intellectual and personal growth, student services, and preparation for a career or graduate school.

Seniors also reported progress in many other academic areas. At least 93% of respondents reported substantial progress in the ability to think critically, the ability to interact positively with people different from themselves, and the ability to participate as team members. High levels of satisfaction were also reported for various offices and services across campus.

Mechanical Engineering and Computer Science recognized for assessment efforts

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The Office of Assessment has selected the Mechanical Engineering undergraduate and Computer science graduate programs as this year’s recipients of the Excellence in Assessment citation.

The Mechanical Engineering undergraduate program is recognized for its efforts and achievements in the following areas:

  • Utilization of assessable criteria to measure student demonstrations of outcomes.
  • Innovative implementation of Canvas for data collection.
  • Clearly defined levels of achievement that expose specific learning needs.
  • Use of automated dashboards to analyze assessment results.

Leading the assessment efforts in this program is Kevin Wanklyn.

The Computer Science graduate program is recognized for its efforts and achievements in the following areas:

  • Effective use of assessment for curricular decisions
  • Thorough analysis and discussion of assessment data
  • Planning to incorporate student feedback and other data into the assessment process
  • Making the assessment process useful

To learn more about assessment methods, visit the Office of Assessment’s website or Twitter page.

Attend the Critical Thinking Assessment Institute on Oct. 25

Institute for Student Learning Assessment WordmarkAttend this year’s Institute for Student Learning Assessment to learn approaches to effectively and meaningfully assess critical thinking. Faculty from a variety of disciplines will share strategies to assess critical thinking in their classrooms and programs.

Date: October 25, 2017
Time: 9am – Noon
Location: Bluemont Room, K-State Student Union
Cost: Free for all K-State Faculty and Staff

Registration is closed.

Limited walk-up seating will be available on the day of the event.

 

Schedule at a glance (View the full schedule)

8:30 Registration & Coffee
9:00 Defining Critical Thinking as a Guide to Assessment in Higher Education – Pat Ackerman
9:30 Excellence in Assessment Award Highlight: Critical Thinking in Athletic Training – Shawna Jordan
10:00 Effective Strategies for Critical Thinking: 20-minute rotating mini-sessions
11:30 Closing Session: Critical Thinking Expectations at K-State – Bronwyn Fees, Jana Fallin, and Fred Burrack

Assessment Dashboard in a Day Video Walkthrough: Part IV – Format and Polish

Part III of this series covered the creation of measures and charts to use in a direct assessment dashboard/report in PowerBI.

Part IV finishes the report by formatting charts and adding final touches.

Continue reading “Assessment Dashboard in a Day Video Walkthrough: Part IV – Format and Polish”

Assessment Dashboard in a Day Video Walkthrough: Part III – Measures and Charts

Part II of this series covered the creation of dimensions on the way to creating a direct assessment dashboard/report in PowerBI.

Part III begins the process of creating the report, including the creation of measures and charts.

Continue reading “Assessment Dashboard in a Day Video Walkthrough: Part III – Measures and Charts”