Discover the Joy of Assessment With National Student Learning Outcomes Expert Doug Eder

Posted on 10/5/2012 8:25:02 AM

Are you facing the challenge of assessing student learning outcomes effectively while also juggling your busy schedule of teaching and supporting students? Discover the joy of integrating the assessment process into your normal work rather than adding it as an additional burden at a series of free workshops on October 18, 2012.

Dr. Doug EderAll IUP faculty, staff, administrators, and graduate students are welcome to attend any of the free workshops and discussion sessions sponsored by the Division of Academic Affairs. Our speaker is a national expert and consultant in student learning and assessment, Doug Eder of the State University of Illinois–Edwardsville. After receiving his bachelor’s degree in religion from the College of Wooster in Ohio, Douglas Eder switched over to science and earned an M.S. in Endocrinology and Ph.D. in Biophysics from Florida State University. He taught classes at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville from 1975 to 2006 and also served as director of Undergraduate Assessment and Program Review from 1993 to 2006. As an emeritus professor, he has facilitated workshops across the country and helped shape assessment programs at institutions as diverse as Arizona State University, University of North Florida, and Purdue University.

The morning workshop (9:00–11:00 a.m.) will focus on problem-based learning and assessment. Evidence shows that students exposed to a curriculum based on Problem-Based Learning (PBL) principles learn more quickly and deeply than do students taught by more common methods. This workshop will introduce faculty to the basic elements of Problem-Based Learning and show how it can be used to assess student outcomes.

At a bring-your-own lunch (12:30–1:30 p.m.), Eder will address the topic of Assessment for Reaccreditation. A frequently heard question in the assessment community is, “We know how to do classroom assessments, but does that really satisfy what our accreditors want?” Join us in the Crimson Event Center where Eder will lead a discussion of Middle States expectations and the best ways to meet them.

In his afternoon workshop (2:00–4:00 p.m.), Eder will share his strategies for assessing classes and programs in a frugal and time-effective manner. A founding idea of modern assessment is that it should improve student learning even as it satisfies the oversight demands of accreditors. With limited time and resources, however, we all too often lose sight of this goal. This workshop will demonstrate eight to twelve turn-key assessment devices that can save time, effort, and money and—most importantly of all—improve student learning.

To register for one, two, or all three free events, please send an e-mail to with the subject line “October 18 Assessment Workshops.” A certificate of attendance at this professional development activity will be provided for those who register by October 12.