Alleviating Assessment Anxiety

Sondra Smith, St. Lawrence University

Assessment = angst. Does this equation seem true to you?

We all want to understand the impact of technologies and information literacies on teaching and learning in the liberal arts environment. Most of us have developed some measurements and methodologies to do so. However, few of us are completely confident that we are getting it just right, yet.

At St. Lawrence University, in close consultation with Christine Zimmerman, Director of Institutional Research, we’ve leveraged instruments like CIRP, HEDS, and the NITLE-supported Research Practices Survey to gain insights to the undergraduate student experience with technologies and research. We’ve used MISO to cut across constituencies in measuring IT and library resources and services. We’ve relied upon the EDUCAUSE Core Data Service to benchmark our IT organization. We’ve worked consistently toward a comprehensive IT assessment plan for several years and have become much more strategic about assessment as a result, but sometimes I still become anxious about all that we have yet to do.

Recently my colleague, Dave Baird, invited you to join us at the NITLE Summit 2010 for “Assessing the Impact of Information Literacies and Technologies on Learning”.  Dave and I will provide additional context, share from our experiences with assessment, and encourage you to enter into an emerging assessment collaboration via the NITLE network. Your own experiences and any instruments you’ve developed will help to inform this conversation as we consider how to collectively alleviate assessment anxiety and further this work on liberal arts campuses. We hope to see you at the Summit.

Sondra Smith
Co-CIO, Information Technology
Director, Educational Technologies
St. Lawrence University

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