Evaluation and Replacement of Individual Development and Educational Assessment (IDEA) Stephen Burd ()

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Evaluation and Replacement of Individual
Development and Educational Assessment
(IDEA)
Stephen Burd ([email protected])
Associate Professor, ASM
Academic Technology Liaison
Presentation copies available online
http://averia.unm.edu
Last revised: 7/17/2016 3:49 AM
Project Context
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In summer 2012, Associate Provost (Greg Heileman)
charged the Academic Technology Liaison (Stephen Burd)
to identify and evaluate alternative tools for student
assessment of courses and instructors
Rationale:
 High administrative complexity of current system
 Difficulty in gathering/using survey responses/results for further
analysis (e.g., data analytics and text mining)
 Concerns about usefulness of results in promotion and tenure
evaluation
 Faculty dissatisfaction with current system
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A working group was formed with most faculty members
drawn from the Faculty Senate Teaching Enhancement
and IT Use Committees
 http://averia.unm.edu/IdeaNextStep
Working Group Members
Faculty
Other
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Stephen Burd (ASM)
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Robert Busch (Chemical & Nuclear
Engineering)
Moira Gerety (Deputy Chief
Information Officer)
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Greg Heileman (Associate Provost for
Curriculum)
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Kevin Comerford (Library)
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Nick Flor (ASM)
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Grace Liu (ASUNM)
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Kristopher Goodrich (Counselor
Education)
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Kris Miranda (GPSA)
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Chris Holden (Honors)
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Amy Neel (Speech & Hearing)
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Caleb Richardson (History)
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Mary Margaret Rogers (ASM)
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Julie Sykes (Spanish & Portuguese)
Goals for IDEA Replacement (IDEA-R)
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Increase use of and usability of student feedback
on courses/instructors for formative and
summative purposes
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Adopt a modern tool with:
 Greater flexibility for faculty, departments, and
programs
 Online and mobile survey capabilities
 Improved reporting
 Support for analytics
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These goals drove the RFP authoring process
Timeline
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Fall 2012 – Working group examines faculty technology survey results and available
products – determines that a replacement for IDEA is warranted
Spring/Summer 2013 – Working group examines available alternatives and sample
RFPs in detail – develops/releases RFP
Fall 2013 - RFP responses close in October, preliminary evaluation begins
Spring 2014 – Detailed evaluation of RFP responses, top responses identified,
vendors demoed in early May:
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ConnectEDU (CouseEval)
EvaluationKit – used at CNM and NMSU
eXplorance (Blue)
June 2014 – AVP Heileman reviews choices and feedback, chooses EvaluationKIT,
working group concurs unanimously
July-Sept 2014 – Acceptance (sandbox) testing is successful
Sept-Oct 2014 – Contract negotiated – Provost approves purchase
Oct–Dec 2014 - Steering committee formed, pilot testing, initial discussion of related
policies with Faculty Senate
Spring 2015 – Evaluate pilot results and make adjustments, phase 1 rollout to 3350% of UNM, finalize related policies
Summer 2015 – Full switchover to EvaluationKIT
Summary of Finalist Evaluations
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eXplorance (Blue) – “The Lexus”
 Tops in functionality/features
 Much more expensive than the other two (± $400K)
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EvaluationKit – “The Hyundai”
 Acceptable in functionality/features
 Reasonable cost (< $40K)
 Some reservations about:
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Ease-of-use
Usability beyond summative end-of-semester evaluations
ConnectEDU
 Barely acceptable in functionality/features
 Significant concerns about viability of vendor, adequate
resources, and strategic direction for future product
development
EvaluationKIT Selection Reasons
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License and operational cost a bit less than IDEA
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Positive feedback from CNM and NMSU
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Satisfies “must-have” requirements
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Moves us firmly into the 21st Century
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Gets us out of the paper shuffling business
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Extra features of eXplorance are unlikely to be
used in the near term
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Alternative tools exist for ad-hoc instructor-initiated
surveys (e.g., UNM Learn, Opinio, paper, …)
Key EvaluationKit Features
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Survey structure similar to old ICES system
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Develop a UNM question bank and/or “roll-your own” questions
A survey can “layer” questions from multiple organizational levels
No explicit tie to learning objectives or inter-institutional norms
Best use is mid-semester and end-of-semester evaluations – not
well-suited to ad-hoc instructor-initiated surveys
Fully online system
 Hosted on vendor servers – no local installation option
 Survey definition and administration via browser-based
application
 Students complete surveys via browser or cellphone app
 Reports generated in PDF/Excel and viewed online, delivered via
email, or downloaded
 Surveys/results can be extracted for downstream analytics
To Where From Here?
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Fall 2014
 Start policy discussion with the Faculty Senate
 Plan/execute first small pilot for Fall end-of-semester evaluations
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Participants ASM, Architecture, Public Administration, UNM Gallup
Experiment with:
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Centralized and distributed administration
Survey content
Survey open/close dates – response rate impact
Email communication with students – response rate impact
Other communication with students – response rate impact
Spring 2015
 Evaluate first pilot results and plan phase 1 roll-out
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Who will participate in this roll-out?
 Develop training materials
 Plan summer/fall roll-out
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Summer/Fall 2015
 Turn off IDEA
 Roll-out EvaluationKIT across UNM
Policy Issues for Faculty Senate Consideration
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Administration
 How will control over survey content and administration be distributed
among academic affairs, schools & departments, faculty, central IT
services?
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Tool specificity
 Should use of a UNM-approved tool be required?
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Survey content requirements
 Will UNM adopt a set of standard questions included in all surveys? If
so, what are they?
 Will UNM populate an institutional question bank from which questions
can be chosen and/or enable schools, departments, and instructors to
create their own?
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Confidentiality of survey respondents
 Is existing language too weak, about right, not strong enough?
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Distribution and/or confidentiality of survey data and reporting
 Who gets to see what data/reports and under what conditions?
 Do students or the public get to see any of it?
EvaluationKIT Mobile Interface Examples
EvaluationKIT
Browser-Based Interface Example
EvaluationKIT
Instructor/Course Report Example
Report Example - Continued
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