Topics Covered at IDEAL

Assessment principles

You will learn about best practices in assessing, evaluating and documenting continuous improvement of student learning. Topics covered will include:

  • Evaluating Program Educational Objectives
  • Developing measurable outcomes
  • Developing scoring rubrics
  • Calibrating scoring rubrics for multiple faculty raters
  • Choosing appropriate assessment methods
  • Maximizing the use of curriculum mapping
  • Defining efficient and effective assessment processes
  • Creating and implementing useful surveys
  • Documenting and reporting results


Having a good understanding of the program assessment process is necessary but not sufficient to create a sustainable culture of assessment. Throughout the Institute, you will explore the basic principles of leadership and be challenged to discern their applicability to your own college/program culture. Topics will include:

  • Understanding faculty resistance
  • Practical tips for managing change
  • Effective communication
  • Working for sustainability

Facilitation skills

How to manage groups plays an important part in engaging other faculty in the assessment process. Whether you are leading a team of faculty from multiple departments or working with faculty within a single department, using facilitation tools will enable you to move efficiently through the process by harnessing faculty energy in meaningful directions. In addition to tips on how to facilitate a meeting, some of the things you will learn will include:

  • Working with groups
  • Planning meetings for action
  • Maximizing the use of effective facilitation tools