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Ecology & Evolutionary Biology: Undergraduate Programs

Last Modified Date: 
02/07/2010
Course and Program Outcomes

Standardized assessment questions in the four core courses required of all majors in EEB, Introductory Biology II (182R and 182L), Ecology (302), Genetics (320), and Evolution (335). The questions would be generated by the EEB Assessment Committee and Undergraduate Task Force in collaboration with the instructors of the respective courses and then given to students via D2L (or similar) at the beginning and end of each course. The questions can either be embedded in quizzes/exams already being delivered in the course, or as stand-alone quizzes.

Results from this standardized set of questions will allow for numerical comparisons across sections and across years facilitating adaptive modification of EEB curricula and course content to allign with our expected conceptual outcomes.


Administered: Bi-annually

Implementation Date: Fall 2010

  • Spring 2010-
    • Faculty committees assembled (based on discipline- Intro Bio II, Genetics, Ecology, and Evolutionary Biology) to create pre & post questions for core courses.
    • Questions & implementation plan approved by departmental faculty.
    • Investigate required technology- D2L
  • Summer 2010-
    • Incorporate pre & post quizzes into course D2L site for test course (ECOL 182R).
    • Incorporate pre & post quiz requirement into course syllabus.
  • Fall 2010
    • Implement pre & post quizzes in test course (ECOL 182R)
    • Review pre & post data (December 2010)
  • Spring 2011
    • Implement pre & post quizzes in all 182R spring sections.
    • Make implementation plan for all core courses (ECOL 182R, 302, 320, 335) for the 2011-12 academic year.

Target Population: Students enrolled in EEB core courses.

Findings:

  • Fall 2010
    • ECOL 182R
  • Spring 2011
    • ECOL 182R
  • Fall 2011
    • ECOL 182R
    • ECOL 302
    • ECOL 320
  • Spring 2012
    • ECOL 182R
    • ECOL 335

 

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