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Advisory Council on Instructional Excellence Meeting

Tuesday, May 11, 2004


9:30 am


3S56 Posvar Hall




A. Blair (Chair), L. Beeson, J. Grabowski, H. Lawson, P. Rogers, P. Siska, R. Wasserman, D. Wilkins, D. Davis and N. Laudato (CIDDE).


Feedback from SIDI 2004; Innovation in Education Awards Evaluation Framework, Yearly Statistics and Analyzed Statistics 2000-03; and Innovation in Education Awards Program Award Recipient Survey: Draft Instrument


Approval of the Minutes:


A motion was made for the approval of the April 15, 2004 minutes, seconded, and accepted without change by the members present.


Report of the Staff Liaison (D. Davis):


Dr. Davis distributed the feedback from the Summer Instructional Development Institute 2004 Workshop, “What was that question?: Using Discussion and Questioning to Promote Student Learning,” held on May 5; 54 persons attended. She noted that Dr. Nicoll worked with others in the University in putting together the session and deserves much of the credit for its success. Dr. Davis further reported that the Faculty Diversity Seminar, a program that originated in 1995, began on Monday, May 10. Ten Faculty Fellows were selected to participate this year in redesigning courses with a focus on diversity issues. CIDDE is in the process of recruiting additional faculty to lead this program next year and will try to develop a pool of faculty from which to draw coordinators in the future.

Dr. Davis also thanked Council members for their input on the most recent draft of the Intensive Course Enrichment proposal, and asked if Council would be willing to review another revision of this document.


Zoomerang Demonstration, Using Draft Awards Program Evaluation Survey Instrument (N. Laudato, CIDDE):


Dr. Blair introduced Dr. Nick Laudato, CIDDE Associate Director of Instructional Technology, and distributed copies of the awards program evaluation data collected to date. He explained that Dr. Laudato’s demonstration of the Zoomerang software is to assess its utility for conducting a web-based evaluation of the awards program, particularly an impact analysis as well as a cost/benefit analysis. Basic data has already been collected (e.g., number of proposals submitted/funded; areas where proposals have been generated, etc.). Focus groups comprised of funded project directors were formed and the outcomes were positive, but additional information is still needed for a full evaluation. The draft instrument was developed using the program’s RFP and the focus groups’ comments; when finalized, it will be sent to funded corresponding project directors as a web-based survey that contains both scaled and open-ended, qualitative questions.

Dr. Laudato noted several features of Zoomerang; for example: (a) response rates tend to be greater than those of paper-based surveys; (b) tracking of who responds for follow-up, if desired; and (c) statistics can be compared automatically for scaled questions, but content analysis would need to be done for open-ended questions. As with any survey instrument, decisions on the design will need to be made, and CIDDE is able to assist with this and other design tasks. Dr. Blair encouraged Council members to provide substantive ideas for additional questions. In the discussion, it was suggested that the e-mail transmitting the survey should include an estimate of the time for completion of the instrument, as well as a statement that the completion of the survey is to be considered as a part of the requirements of accepting the award. Dr. Laudato informed Council that CIDDE also has its own survey tool that may be better suited for this effort.

Members present agreed that the draft instrument was on the right track. Dr. Laudato suggested that prior to distributing a final instrument to project directors, Council members be sent the preliminary survey as a pre-test. Dr. Blair indicated that a look at the internal CIDDE survey program would be worthwhile and that we would continue this review at the next meeting.

5. Adjournment:
  With no other business before Council, the meeting adjourned at 10:25 am.



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