Assessment Results Fall 2010 Learning Outcome (1)



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Assessment Results Fall 2010
Learning Outcome (1): an ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing
Performance Criteria

1.1 Communicates effectively in presentations

1.2 Communicates effectively in essay examinations

1.3 Communicates effectively in effective writing activity




Performance Criteria

Class

Achievement Activity

Assessment Method

Total Number History Majors

Number Majors who achieved

Achieved Learning Outcome

Y or N


1.1

History 111


Pre-Test/Post-Test

80% of history majors will score 80% on post test

10

10

Y

1.2

History 176


In-class Group Activity and Presentation

80% of history majors will score 7 (out of 10) on faculty evaluation

1

1

Y

1.2

History 111

Final Essay Exam

80% of history majors will score 75% or better on final exam










1.2

History 112

Final Essay Exam

80% of history majors will score 75% or better on final exam

8

7

Y

1.2

History 175

Final Essay Exam

80% of history majors will score 75% or better on final exam

4

4

Y

1.2

History 176

Final Essay Exam

80% of history majors will score 75% or better on final exam

3

2


N

1.3

History 10

Effective Writing Activity

80% of history majors will score 80% or better on the activity

9

8

Y

The rubric for grading the activity and presentation will include the following:



  • Thesis: The activity and presentation has a clear central idea

  • Evidence: The activity and presentation provides evidence in the form of at least two primary documents to support the thesis

The rubric for grading the final exam will include the following:



  • Thesis: The essay has a clear central idea

  • Organization: The essay has a logical sequence

  • Evidence: The essay has sufficient evidence to support the thesis, preferably reference to primary sources

  • Mechanics: The essay features proper spelling and grammar

The rubric for grading the Effective Writing Activity will include the following:



  • Thesis: the activity has a clear central idea

  • Evidence: the activity provides evidence from the examples presented in class

  • Conclusion: the activity summarizes the argument in context of thesis


Learning Outcome (2): an ability to think critically and analyze effectively
Performance Criteria

2.1 Demonstrates understanding of key analytical concepts of historical study

2.2 Composes research paper


Performance Criteria

Class

Achievement Activity

Assessment Method

Total Number of History Majors

Number Majors who achieved

Achieved Learning Outcome

Y or N


2.1

History 111

Final Examination

80% of history majors will score 75% or better on final examination










2.1

History 112

Final Examination

80% of history majors will score 75% or better on final examination

8

7

Y

2.1

History 175

Final Examination

80% of history majors will score 75% or better on final examination

4

4

Y

2.1

History 176

Final Examination

80% of history majors will score 75% or better on final examination

3

2

N

2.1

History 299

Historiography Research Paper

80% of history majors will score 75% or better on research paper

13

11

Y

2.2

History 299

Historiography Paper

80% of history majors will score 80% on following guidelines and adhering to due dates

13

10

N

Rubric for grading the final exam and research paper will include the following:



  • Demonstrates understanding of cause and effect

  • Demonstrates understanding of sequence of events

  • Demonstrates understanding of change over time

  • Considers the influence of historical context

  • Develops and communicates own thesis

  • Identifies conclusions and consequences

Rubric for grading the Historiography Research Paper will include the following



  • Develops and communicates own thesis

  • Effectively identifies the thesis of historians

  • Demonstrates understanding of changes in historical interpretations over time

  • Understands influence of historical context

  • Draws conclusions

  • Follows the step by step process: annotated bibliography, abstract paragraphs, thesis statement, rough draft and final draft in the prescribed timely manner

  • Uses proper spelling and grammar


Learning Outcome (3): Problem Solving
Performance Criteria

3.1 Solve problems using disciplinary knowledge and skills in solving critical problems




Performance Criteria

Class

Achievement Activity

Assessment Method

Total Number of History Majors

Number Majors who achieved

Achieved Learning Outcome

Y or N


3.1

History 10

Library Detective Assignment

80% of history majors will find primary sources and correctly answer 80% of questions

9

9

Y

3.1

History 176

Assessment of geographic knowledge and role of environment in history of United States through map quiz

80% of history majors will score 75% or better on instructor evaluated map quiz










3.1

History 112,

175


Assessment of geographic knowledge of European countries and capitals

80% of history majors will score 75% or better on instructor evaluated map quiz

12

11

Y

Rubric for grading the Library Detective Assignment will include the following:


Rubric for grading map quiz will include the following:



  • History 112:

    • Identifies countries and their capitals

    • Demonstrates understanding of physical relationship of countries to each other

  • History 176:

    • Identifies 50 states, 4 territories, and various possessions, as well as major bodies of water, mountain ranges, and borders with neighboring nations

    • Demonstrates understanding of impact of environment in shaping westward movement and settlement patterns


Learning Outcome (4): Diverse Environments/Teamwork
Performance Criteria

4.1 Function as team player




Performance Criteria

Class

Achievement Activity

Assessment Method

Total Number History Majors

Number Majors who achieved

Achieved Learning Outcome

Y or N


4.1

History

10


Effective writing group activity

80% of history majors will participate equally in group work

9

9

Y

4.1

History 175/176

Assessment of primary sources while working within diverse pool of majors

75% of history majors will score 7 (out of 10) on faculty evaluation










4.1

History 299

Group Presentation with self-assessment and peer evaluations

80% of history majors will score 75% or better on instructor evaluated team paper and score 3 (out of 4) on self-assessment. 90% of team mates will participate equally in presentation within 80% of prescribed time, instructor and peer evaluated. 80% of class will score 2 (out of 3) or higher on team evaluation rubric.

13

11

Y

Rubric for effective writing activity:



  • Group members identify thesis in sample

  • Group members select useful evidence

  • Group members draw conclusions

Rubric for grading group paper and presentation will include the following



  • Clear thesis regarding the utility of primary sources

  • Clear argument with evidence in form of primary documents

  • Drawing conclusions

  • Team work: must share equally in work load, have equal parts in presentation, and present within a timely manner

  • Self-assessment: explain each member’s contributions to the team and presentation

  • Peer evaluation: assess presentation for presence of thesis, clear argument and evidence



Learning Outcome (5): Professional and Ethical Responsibility

Performance Criteria

5.1 Demonstrates knowledge of code of ethics and applies code to case studies

5.2 Understands ethical models and applies appropriate model to ethical dilemma

5.3 Understands process, purpose and responsibilities within profession

5.4 Assumes responsibility for actions




Performance Criterion

Class

Achievement Activity

Assessment Method

Total Number History Majors

Number Majors who achieved

Achieved Learning Outcome

Y or N


5.1

History 10

Thomas Jefferson, Sally Hemings exercise

80% of history majors identify bias and acknowledge understanding of ethics in history

9

8

Y

5.1

History 299


Citation Assignment following discussion of ethics and plagiarism

80% of history majors will correctly cite 80% of sample quotes in form of footnotes or bibliographical entries. Instructor evaluated.

13

4

N

5.2

History 299


In-class discussion and evaluation of examples of plagiarism

90% of history majors demonstrate understanding of plagiarism and consequences by scoring 80% or higher on instructor and peer evaluated activity.

13

10

N

5.3

History 299

Final Analytical Paper

80% of history majors demonstrate through analysis of a controversial approach to historical writing the correct protocol of source usage.

13

13

Y

5.4

History 111, 112, 175, 176, 299

Attendance, assignments turned in on time, meeting with instructor

80% of history majors demonstrate responsibility and pride in their work by turning in assignments on time that are their own work, in proper writing style and proofread. Instructor evaluated

15

10

N

5.4

History 112

Maintaining professional attitude throughout semester

70% of history majors earn 15 points (all or nothing) for civil exchanges, addressing and signing emails, turning off their phones, and not text messaging. Instructor evaluated

8

8

Y

5.4

History 299

Historiography Paper

85% of history majors must turn in annotated bibliography, abstract paragraphs, thesis statement and rough draft on time. They must meet with instructor at assigned time and use feedback to improve final paper.

13

10

N

Rubric for grading will include the following



  • 5.1 Thomas Jefferson/Sally Hemings exercise

    • Recognize and identify bias in historical records

    • Demonstrate understanding of ethics through analysis of bias in primary sources

  • 5.1 Citation assignment

    • Understands ethical expectations of profession by reading paragraph examples from rough drafts and properly cites sources in footnote or bibliography format according to Chicago Manual of Style

  • 5.2 In-class plagiarism activity

    • recognizes plagiarism in sample paragraphs

    • demonstrates how to avoid such unethical behavior

  • 5.3 Final analytical paper:

    • clear thesis

    • demonstrates understanding of using right protocol of sources

    • demonstrates understanding of changes over time

    • uses proper spelling and grammar

  • 5.4 Attendance

    • demonstrates responsibility by attending class regularly

    • uses feedback from instructor to improve work

    • turns assignments in on time that are neat, own work, written in the proper style, and proofread.

  • 5.4 Historiography paper

    • submits annotated bibliography, abstract paragraphs, thesis statement, rough draft, final paper on time

    • meets with the instructor in person after submission of rough draft

    • uses feedback to improve essay


Learning Outcome (6): Awareness of National and Global Contemporary Issues

Performance Criteria

6.1 Ability to identify contemporary issues

6.2 Ability to discuss significance of a contemporary issue

6.3 Ability to place contemporary issues in historical context


Criterion

Class

Achievement Activity

Assessment Method

Total Number History Majors

Number Majors who achieved

Achieved Learning Outcome

Y or N


6.1

112, 176, 299

Specific assignments:

- 176: USA Patriot Act vs. Espionage/Sedition Act.



75% of history majors will correctly identify contemporary issues

9

8

Y




112, 176, 299

Specific assignments:

- 176: USA Patriot Act vs. Espionage/Sedition Act.



75% of history majors will be able to discuss the significance of contemporary issues

9

8

Y

6.3

112, 176, 299

Specific assignments:

- 176: USA Patriot Act vs. Espionage/Sedition Act.



75% of history majors will be able to place contemporary issues into historical context

9

8

Y

Rubric for grading History 176 assignment:



  • Students will correctly identify the Espionage/Sedition Act of 1917/18 and evaluate its contemporary significance through reading primary document (court case)

  • Students will correctly identify the USA Patriot Act through internet research and evaluate its significance in today’s world

  • Students will contrast and compare these two acts and evaluate positive and negative impact of both

Learning Outcome (7): Lifelong Learning

Performance Criteria

7.1 Participates in professional and service activities

7.2 Reads professional publications

7.3 Attends seminars, presentations and other events significant to the historical profession


Criterion

Class

Achievement Activity

Assessment Method

Total Number History Majors

Number Majors who achieved

Achieved Learning Outcome

Y or N


7.1

---

Present papers at local or regional conference.


At least one history major will attend and present a paper at a local or regional conference each academic year.










7.1

---

History Club and Phi Alpha Theta membership and participation


50% of history majors will participate in History Club and/or Phi Alpha Theta

59

12




7.1

---

Judges in History Day

10% of history majors serve as judges during regional History Day










7.1

---

Alumni Survey

Questions about post-graduate learning activities. 20% of history major graduates will report some form of additional instruction or training within five years from graduation.










7.2

176

Read Professional Book Reviews

75% of history majors will read required book reviews before writing their own book review










7.3

111, 112, 175, 176, 299

Attendance encouraged at guest lectures and other events.


75% of history majors will attend required number of events

1

1


Y

Rubric for grading will include the following:



7.2 Effectively explains historian’s analysis of assigned book


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