About the Webinar:
Congratulations! You (an assessment professional, department chair, program administrator, etc.) and your colleagues have just gone through a productive assessment process leaving you with heaps of helpful data and evidence that have uncovered a number of issues and problems you are ready to address to continuously improve the program. Great, time for a vacation and see you again in five years!
Not so fast my friend… wouldn’t it be great to help your team and colleagues take the initial steps to addressing common curricular issues like:
- Students leave the intro course unprepared for the next course in the sequence
- Students consistently complain that X course is disconnected from the rest of the program
- Since Y professor retired, should we keep offering that course?
- In end-of-course evaluations in Z course, students cite that they feel unprepared for the tests no matter how much they study
- Our program alumni advisory board would like to see students develop more teamwork and professional communication skills before they graduate
In this 60min webinar, participants will be introduced to (or reacquainted with) the backwards design framework and engage with a useful tool for evaluating and designing curriculum. The word of the day will be: ‘alignment’. Although attendees will engage with a single familiar course level redesign issue commonly uncovered in program review, the framework and tools can guide program and even university-wide continuous improvement work broadly. This webinar serves as a nice introduction to the full course on Learning Improvement.
We hope to see you!
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About our Presenter
Dr. Stephen Biscotte
Director of General Education
Since 2013, Dr. Stephen Biscotte has supported and managed the Pathways to General Education program at Virginia Tech.
Dr. Biscotte's general education relevant scholarship, particularly focused on the non-STEM student experience in STEM general education courses, has appeared in The Journal of General Education and IUPUI's Trends in Assessment. He has given keynote, plenary, and concurrent sessions as well as facilitated workshops on such gen ed related topics as innovative structures, university reform efforts, and program evaluation both locally and nationally. Dr. Biscotte also serves on the council of the Association for General and Liberal Studies (AGLS) and as Co-PI on an NSF Cultivating Cultures of Ethics in STEM Grant.
Prior to his role at Virginia Tech, for 10 years Biscotte taught high school courses in anatomy and physiology, biology, and physical science in Roanoke, Virginia and Columbia, South Carolina. Biscotte received a bachelor’s degree in biology from James Madison University. He received a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction: Science Education and a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction: Educational Psychology, both from Virginia Tech.