|The Office of Assessment in the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences at St. John’s University is offering an assessment workshop on Wednesday, June 20, at the Dr. Andrew J. Bartilucci Center.
Impactful assessment begins with an established infrastructure that collects and analyzes data. Decisions based on cyclical goal and outcome assessment are evidence-driven and allow for analysis of interventions in the following cycle. Typically described as closing the loop, this cycle requires an efficient assessment framework and robust data collection, analysis, and reporting. Whether establishing a new program or reworking an existing one, this structure will determine the success of your efforts.
We describe typical assessment structures consisting of a stakeholder-driven committee and assessment and administrative support. This framework is the foundation for all assessment activities that follow.
Efficient assessment structures are both data-focused and flexible. Assessment data is drawn from institutional and seedling sources. Examples of both types of data will be provided, as well as best practices for data management.
Course modules include
· Instituting an efficient assessment framework
· Utilizing diverse assessment data
· Developing an Assessment Plan and Matrix
For more information, visit stjohns.edu/CPHSAssessment.
Category Archives: Social Media
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You may have noticed that we are using our social media accounts a little differently this semester than we have previously. Recently, the college began a new social media initiative aimed at bringing all programs into the fold, with scheduled postings across programs. This has allowed each program to have their own ‘time’ to make announcements, boast about students, and open a dialogue about service events that may be going on. With these new scheduled posts, we are reaching a larger audience and keeping students and alumni more informed with what’s happening in our college. We are always looking for ways to improve how we use our social media pages, and this has proven to be a fantastic way to be more inclusive of all programs and students.
Recently, Change Magazine published a very useful article on Social Media and their role in higher education. Here’s a quote from Social Media Go to College, by Ana M. Martinez-Aleman:
“Social media broaden the scope and increase the ways of learning course content; they may also draw out students’ many different talents in ways that traditional pedagogy does not. But faculty who use them should communicate clear and rigorous expectations for student use.
The challenges and responsibilities ahead lay at the feet of postsecondary faculty and administrators. Faculty need to explore the promise of using social media as supplementary or primary instructional tools. At the same time, more research needs to be conducted on the effects of social media on cognition.”
The Office of Assessment recently made the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Facebook page open to not only alumni but current students as well. This in conjunction with the College’s new Twitter page will allow us to stay in better communication with our students and alumni. The response has been positive and we are continuing to investigate new ways to use social networking to communicate with students and foster student engagement.