BIOL 415 Nerve Cell Mechanisms in Behavior
BIOL 4150 Neural Bases of Behavior
Prof. Stark - Assessment Report ­p; Spring 2018
It is particularly problematic to do "assessment" for these
courses this semester. Since December 2002, "course assessment"
replaced "student outcomes assessment" (see http://starklab.slu.edu/Physio/AssessmentReport2016HumPhy.htm);
faculty were directed to collect information used to change or improve courses
in keeping with SLU's policy ("Assessment results are utilized to improve
courses and curriculum"). Biology faculty were even asked in our annual
brag sheets how we had used the results of assessment to improve our courses.
I administered a questionnaire for course assessment that started with the
question of whether the course met its stated objectives. This was cumbersome
for the students and time-consuming for me to score (see http://starklab.slu.edu/CV/Assessment.htm).
This course will be discontinued after this semester, and, anyway, I have
retired, so the issue of improving the course is now irrelevant. And so
I am taking this situation as a reason to undo the burden of the questionnaire.
For biology program assessment, faculty were told that our assessments
should include "direct measures of student learning include artifacts
such as written assignments, research papers/projects, lab reports, case
studies, posters, powerpoint presentations, pre- and post-test measures
of knowledge, embedded exam questions that relate to a specific learning
outcome, and student portfolios." In my opinion, this shows a confusion
of student outcomes assessment for courses, course assessment, and program
assessment. I have none of these materials for BIOL 4150, though for BIOL
6150, the 5 student presentations are posted on the syllabus (http://starklab.slu.edu/neuro/SyllabusNeuro98.htm).
Information relating to outcomes assessment
Test 1 (out of 65) High 65 Low 34, Ave=54.7
Test 2 (out of 65) High 64, Low 33.5, Ave=53.7
Test 3 (out of 65) High 62, Low 39, Ave=52.0
In terms of outcomes assessment, that the top score was so high proves that
the material can be mastered. The fact that the low score was so low shows
that the material was challenging, also, perhaps, that there were some students
who did not belong in this course.
The final curve was
A final note
Assessments were required since Fall, 2000. All my assessments (all
57 of them) are posted, and so my assessments are very transparent. Does
anybody make sufficient use of this material to justify the effort? Do any
other faculty have assessments that can be acessed? It certainly has been
a lot of work! And so I am glad this is my last time.
Posted July 16, 2018
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