Biology Scholars Program at ASM
|“This institute was transforming for me. I greatly appreciate the hard work of staff and facilitators. As I continue to improve, I hope that I can encourage others to attend and expand the community of transformed educators.”
- 2011 Assessment Scholar
Carol Hurney, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA
Sarah Ades, Penn State University, University Park, PA
Kerry Cresawn, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA
Bryan Dewsbury, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI
Patrice Ludwig, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA
The Assessment Residency seeks biologists who utilize varied teaching strategies in their classrooms and laboratories and are motivated to design courses and assessments to maximize student learning. Competitive applicants are individuals who are asking questions about the purpose of their courses AND the effectiveness of their course assessments.
The Assessment Residency is a yearlong commitment comprised of several key training components including two face-to-face meetings, online “homework” assignments and specialized peer mentoring.
The goals of the Assessment Residency are to:
• Develop measurable learning outcomes for courses or course modules grounded in research on teaching and learning
• Implement, integrate, and align assessment strategies with course learning outcomes
• Explore opportunities to develop a research study analyzing student learning
• Create a community of practitioners to sustain improvements in teaching and learning
The first face-to-face meeting of Assessment Scholars is the Measuring Student Learning Institute, a four-day training session held in the summer at the headquarters of the American Society for Microbiology in Washington, DC. The institute has its own unique set of goals:
• Develop measurable learning outcomes grounded in research on how people learn
• Develop formative and summative assessments that align with course learning outcomes
• Develop teaching methods or approaches that align with learning goals and assessments
• Modify or implement pedagogies to enhance student learning
• Integrate learning goals, assessment strategies and pedagogies that maximize student learning
• Expand process to include learning outcomes and assessments for other courses or curricula
• Foster networks to sustain improvements in teaching and learning
The Institute organizers have compiled a collection of articles and resources for Assessment Scholars, which will be used during the Institute and in follow-up assignments. Consider reviewing the research and progress made in the field of scholarship and teaching before applying.