In a recent issue of its e-newsletter The Loop, the UI Provost's Office highlighted the College's Learning and Evaluation Studies (LES) bachelor's degree program among just a few on campus that were exemplary in adapting learning outcomes assessment processes during the COVID-19 pandemic disruption to instruction "as usual".
Specifically, about the LES program:
"The program changed the format of student learning for its capstone project. Traditionally, students demonstrated learning through face-to-face experimental or observational data collection studies. In response to the pandemic, students worked with their faculty mentors to develop alternative ways to demonstrate learning which included remote or online data collection. Additionally, responding to issues raised by the increased focus on racial inequality and injustice in America, the program saw an opportunity to incorporate culturally relevant materials into several courses through readings and activities that addressed inequities and social justice within the contexts of both formal and informal education.
"These adjustments have stimulated discussions about how faculty can better address race, justice, and equity issues in their classes in a meaningful and respectful way. Faculty plan to unpack and assess the effectiveness of these efforts at the end of the year."
Read more in the December issue of The Loop...