Invited Speakers & Presentations

As identified in Principles approved at Senate on June 11, 2012, the University is committed to providing resources to academic units as necessary to enable and support learning outcomes and assessment procedures, the primary purpose of which are to communicate transparently the purposes of all degree, program and course requirements. To ensure success with these ongoing efforts, SFU is dedicated to developing expertise at the local level, as well as fostering an environment of open dialogue and exchange through community engagement. In order to benefit from the knowledge and best-practices of learning outcomes and assessment practitioners and scholars, renowned experts in the area of learning outcomes and assessment have been invited to present and interact with the SFU community. More presentations by invited speakers are being planned. Slides and video of past presentations can be found below.

Invited Speakers

Peter Wolf – Director, Centre for Open Learning and Educational Support, University of Guelph (UoG)

Speaker

Mr. Wolf has been involved in educational development in higher education for more than 20 years and has an academic background in adult education. He was a Visiting Scholar at the University of Victoria in 2010, is a member of the board of directors for the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (2008-present), and is co-editor of and author in New Directions for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (Issue 112), 'Curriculum Development in Higher Education: Faculty-Driven Processes and Practices' (2008). For a full biography of Mr. Wolf, please visit the University of Guelph website.

Context

While the public presentation was cancelled last-minute due to unforeseen circumstances, Mr. Wolf met with several members from the SFU community to share his experience in the implementation of learning outcomes in a Canadian post-secondary setting, his knowledge of the learning outcomes and assessment landscape in Ontario, and his expertise in the area of academic program assessment. He also met with members of the Teaching and Learning Centre and the Centre for Online and Distance Education for a focus session on effectively working with faculty to develop learning outcomes and assessment.

Presentation

November 1, 2012

“Fostering Continuous Improvement of Curriculum in Higher Education”

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Dr. Kathi A. Ketcheson – Director and Research Professor, Office of Institutional Research and Planning, Portland State University (PSU)

Speaker

Dr. Ketcheson has published and presented widely, both nationally and internationally, on the topic of institutional portfolios in accreditation, assessment and accountability, and frequently serves as a consultant to other higher education institutions in the development of portfolios and in program evaluation and assessment. For a full biography of Dr. Ketcheson, please visit the PSU website.

Context

Dr. Ketcheson’s presentation came about as part of the commitment made to community consultation and involvement in the discussion of learning outcomes and assessment, following Senate approval on June 11, 2012, of Principles that will guide consideration of adoption of learning outcomes and assessment at SFU. The topic is especially relevant at SFU for two reasons: 1) the current Academic Plan includes a call to “define learning outcomes for each course and program” as part of its emphasis on achieving a “high-quality student experience”; and 2) the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) accreditation process in which SFU is currently engaged requires the articulation of clear learning outcomes.

Presentation

June 28, 2012

“Learning Outcomes Assessment: Challenges and Opportunities”

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Dr. Peter T. Ewell – Vice President, National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS)

Speaker

Dr. Ewell’s work focuses on assessing institutional effectiveness and the outcomes of post-secondary education, and involves research and consulting with institutions and state systems on collecting and using assessment information in planning, evaluation, and budgeting. For a full biography of Dr. Ewell, please visit the NCHEMS website.

Context

Dr. Ewell discussed many of the leading arguments in the United States for learning outcomes and assessment vis-à-vis the paradigms of ‘improvement’ versus ‘accountability.’ While these two purposes of outcomes assessment have not rested comfortably together in the U.S., Dr. Ewell proposed that SFU is “in a privileged position for taking on this complicated issue at a late stage of its development . . . because [SFU] can see what everybody else has done wrong and harness some that have been done right.”

Presentations

September 28, 2011

“Creating Authentic Academic Cultures of Evidence: A Perspective on Learning Outcomes”

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“Creating Academic Cultures of Evidence: Perspectives and Implementation Issues”

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