Update for Spring 2016 Instructors:
As you may be aware, the university is in the process of transitioning to Canvas which is a new Learning Management System that will ultimately replace Blackboard following the current academic year. As part of this transition, the Division of Undergraduate Education in coordination with the UK Core Education Committee (UKCEC) is evaluating alternate strategies for assessing our general education curriculum and will continue to do so throughout the upcoming spring semester. This semester, approximately 35 faculty are participating in our pilot utilizing Canvas and other technologies for course-embedded assessment and we invite more to help us in the spring. The feedback from faculty involved in this pilot will largely determine the direction of UK Core assessment moving forward.
Instructors not participating in the pilot do not need to submit assignments through Blackboard this semester for UK Core assessment. All UK Core courses will continue to be assessed in the future as part of a regular cycle of assessment, but only those in the pilot will be included in assessment for the Spring 2016 semester. The UKCEC has received considerable faculty feedback in the past concerning the most effective and appropriate strategies for assessing our general education curriculum and the pilot project this fall will continue that important process. Please contact Dr. Chris Thuringer (firstname.lastname@example.org; 257-0042) if you have questions or comments about this process or UK Core overall.
Design Principle Seven states: "The curriculum will specify learning outcomes and the processes for both the systematic assessment of those learning outcomes and ongoing curricular improvement. " Assessment of Gen Ed, done well, and done consistently, will strengthen the program and prevent slippage away from our student learning outcomes. The process must be a strong collaboration between faculty governance and academic administration. Faculty, through IGEOC and other avenues, will have input on evaluating the process, the rubrics used and improvement plans that impact Gen Ed curricula.
This is acheived through the following process: