Interactive Feedback Feedback as a form of instruction Feedback as an element of dialogue, critical to deep learning Feedback as an element of retention Waypoint Basics: Creating Exceptional Feedback This detailed walk through is designed for instructors who assess and respond to subjective, authentic student work. Measurement of learning objectives Measurement of course objectives Measurement of program objectives http://www.waypointoutcomes.com/support/cam/wpoverview/wp_overview.html Consistency occurs when all faculty use the same grading rubric Consistent expectations Consistent grading Online environment where technology abounds Improve ease of providing ◦ feedback, ◦ Measurement, and ◦ consistency Creating Exceptional Feedback. Faster This six minute overview details Waypoint from an instructor's point of view. Waypoint originated with two challenges shared by all educators: creating the personalized, timely feedback that learners need, and measuring student progress in subjective (and important) areas like written communication, critical thinking, presentation skills, and information literacy. We innovated around the basic idea of the rubric, the criteria-based assessment tool used by educators around the world in primary, secondary, tertiary, and post-tertiary education, and built a powerful platform that can be easily integrated with leading Learning Management Systems. Over one million evaluations of student work later, Waypoint has helped thousands of educators create better feedback more efficiently, and helped numerous institutions develop the data they need to understand their learners acquisition of the 21st Century skills that matter most. Waypoint Outcomes creates innovative tools to help deepen the dialog amongst educators, learners, and stakeholders. Our assessment software is used by diverse K12 and Higher Education institutions around the world. http://www.waypointoutcomes.com/about-us Lots and lots of little blue buttons http://waypointoutcomes.com/aboutus/wayp-demo-center http://www.waypointoutcomes.com/ http://docs.subjectivemetrics.com/home/aboutus/press/press_details.htm 4.25.08 Texas A&M University launches Waypoint institution-wide via its Writing Across the Curriculum program. Read the Texas A&M Writing Center newsletter here (pdf, 9mb). 6.05.07 Subjective Metrics releases a module for the opensource Moodle Course Management System. 8.26.06 Subjective Metrics announces new clients including The Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania, the Santa Clara County Office of Education, The Victoria College, The Sellinger School of Business at Loyola College in Maryland, and Seton Hall University. 6.16.06 Subjective Metrics releases a beta version of a Building Block for the Blackboard Learning Management System™ that tightly integrates Waypoint with Blackboard. 8.15.05 The Villanova University School of Law selects Waypoint for use in its legal writing program. 9.15.04 Drexel University announces site license agreement (2004-2005 academic year) in its Drexelink publication. 11.4.10 Waypoint Outcomes CEO and Founder presents "Five Free Tools to Accelerate FacultyLed Assessment" at the 16th Annual Sloan-C Conference in Orlando, Florida. The session includes the first peak at Waypoint 2.0, our next generation student engagement and assessment solution. (This video requires audio, and the images are screen captures only - not full video of Waypoint 2.0). 11.9.10 Syracuse University has contracted with Waypoint Outcomes, a provider of Web-based academic assessment tools, to assist Dr. Megan Oakleaf, Assistant Professor in the School of Information Studies at Syracuse, in her Rubric Assessment of Information Literacy Skills (RAILS) project. After receiving a prestigious research grant from the Institute of Library and Museum Services (IMLS), Dr. Megan Oakleaf recognized the necessity for a powerful yet flexible assessment tool to aid in the facilitation of the RAILS project. The objective of the project is to gauge undergraduate students’ ability to recognize when information is required as well as their ability to locate, evaluate, and effectively use the needed information. Read More >> 10.20.10 Saint Joseph University's Haub School of Business contracts with Waypoint Outcomes to support its Assurance of Learning initiatives. 8.15.10 Troy University and Westminster College contract with Waypoint to implement interactive rubrics for teaching and learning. 7.22.10 Waypoint Outcomes Sales Consultant, Robert McCarthy, presents on student attitudes towards high quality feedback at the Third Annual Sloan Emerging Technology Conference. 7.20.10 Waypoint Outcomes announces its Fellows Program and releases the results of a study detailing student's strong feelings concerning high quality feedback. http://www.waypointoutcomes.com/news 4.28.10 Seton Hall University's Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) graduate program is granted full national recognition by the National Council for Teacher Accreditation (NCATE). NCATE request permission to publish the full report, as an exemplar of a successful accreditation cycle. The full report is available here. Seton Hall University describes its use of Waypoint: ◦ ◦ Candidate data for all IDAT assessments is obtained using Waypoint software, making the grading of projects more manageable and linking accreditation standards to candidate learning outcomes a reality. Additionally, faculty have come together to share ideas for developing multiple aspects of rubrics. Faculty redeveloped multi-purpose Waypoint rubrics that allow for grading candidate performance on multiple levels. The results are rich, authentic data that foster candidate learning. The education faculty link course projects to INTASC standards, state standards, and other professional affiliations, especially important for reporting candidatelearning outcomes. The use of Waypoint through Blackboard has allowed the IDAT program to synchronize their course roster to the rubrics, making the process of reporting more efficient. There is tremendous benefit in sharing assignments and rubrics with other faculty and candidates. Many faculty members are encouraged to revisit and expand upon their rubrics as well as to organize candidate/peer evaluations and even teams of evaluators that share assignments and rubrics. We have just begun to grasp the full impact of Waypoint on our teaching and learning environment; however, the evidence with regard to reporting is clear. Faculty now have the needed tools to work toward improving the quality of assessment. There is no doubt that we will continue to utilize Waypoint as a means of reflection for curriculum refinement, candidate feedback and improvement, and quality assessment for meeting accreditation standards. 4.5.10 Waypoint's CEO and Director of Product Experience get their hands on an Apple iPad. Observational assessment will never be the same. Watch the YouTube video. 3.11.10 The University of North Carolina - Pembroke contracts with Waypoint Outcomes® to help improve writing instruction across the institution. As part of its SACS reaccreditation QEP process, UNCP is dramatically redesigning courses in multiple disciplines to include more writing. Waypoint "will allow the university to assess our progression, support classroom learning and ensure we achieve our milestones," said Dr. Elizabeth Normandy, Director of UNCP's Center for Teaching and Learning. "Waypoint is an intricate part of our 5-year plan," she continued. 2.22.10 Waypoint Outcomes Chief Executive Officer Andrew J. McCann will speak at the Society for Applied Learning Technology Conference being held March 3-5 in Orlando, Fla. The New Learning Techniques Conference, Knowledge Management Track, includes best practices for successfully implementing learning management systems as well as factors in selecting technology. http://www.waypointoutcomes.com/news 2.17.10 Waypoint Outcomes announces Michael Jones appointment to the newly created position of Director of Product Experience. “I am honored to lead Waypoint’s strategies and to be a part of the academic assessment industry in its infancy.” Jones said. “Waypoint leads the way in defining institutional standards and providing measurement tools to benefit universities and ensure student success.” “Michael’s deep experience building user-focused software will help fulfill Waypoint’s mission of uniting teaching and assessment,” Andrew McCann, chief executive officer of Waypoint Outcomes, said. 1.14.10 Baker College Center for Graduate Studies contracts with Waypoint Outcomes to assist the graduate school in improving student communication and critical thinking in the classroom. ◦ Dr. Jill Langen, dean of the master of business administration program at Baker College, said Waypoint helps the college better serve students. “This technology gives us the capability to provide individual feedback to support students in their learning process,” she said. 1.14.10 Waypoint Outcomes Chief Executive Officer Andrew J. McCann speaks at the ninth annual Educause Mid–Atlantic Regional Conference. ◦ McCann and co-speaker Craig Bach, associate vice provost for curriculum and assessment for Drexel University, will present a case history on how a Drexel faculty member successfully addressed issues of online student communication and assessment. They will demonstrate how rubric and self assessment technologies resulted in improved student learning data; better, more efficient and higher quality feedback to students; and development of course dashboards. http://www.waypointoutcomes.com/news 12.14.09 South Carolina State University contracts with Waypoint Outcomes to assist the university in improving student communication and critical thinking in the classroom. ◦ ◦ The College of Business and Applied Professional Sciences will implement Waypoint in an effort to achieve one of its top goals of improving student student's writing. Ten courses in the college will begin using Waypoint during the spring semester. Dr. Barbara Adams, the university’s chair of Accounting, Agribusiness and Economics, said Waypoint will ensure academic proficiency and development. “By clearly defining the strength and weaknesses of students’ writing, this program will benefit them in all subject areas, not only business, and assist them in becoming overall better communicators,” she said. By providing a platform to improve student/teacher interaction, the university furthers its commitment to academic success, she added. 12.11.09 St. Thomas Aquinas College contracts with Waypoint Outcomes to support National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education requirements and improve communication and critical thinking in the classroom. “Having a program that collects data decreases the possibility of human error in manually transferring data,” Dr. Suzanne Reynolds, the college’s associate professor of teacher education and NCATE coordinator, said. “We can dedicate more time to analyzing data to make curriculum enhancements rather than feeling the pressure of collecting it,” she said. 7.15.09 Bb World 09 The Bournemouth University presents a poster titled, "Enhancing student feedback on assessments using Waypoint" at Blackboard World 2009. Dr. Barbara Newland described Waypoint as, "truly enhancing student learning." ◦ Bournemouth also presented "SUE @ BU - Evaluating every course using Blackboard", detailing its use of Waypoint to deliver surveys into hundreds of courses. Kaye Shelton, from Dallas Baptist University, presented the session, "Assessing and Aggregating Learning Outcomes: Easier Than Herding Cats?" Dean Shelton discussed her program's systematic data gathering and analysis processes, but noted that the "best part to using Waypoint has been the faculty response." In particular, DBU faculty like being able to quickly create feedback and appreciate how Waypoint helps mitigate grade inflation. http://www.waypointoutcomes.com/news 4.9.09 Kaye Shelton, Dean of Online Education at Dallas Baptist University, presents DBU's implementation of Waypoint in "Measuring and Aggregating Learner Outcomes: Making Technology Do the Work!" at the Texas Distance Learning Association Conference, Corpus Christi TX 4.7.09 Dr. Barbara Newland, of Bournemouth University, presents "Enhancing Student Feedback on Assessments Using Waypoint" at Blackboard World Europe , Barcelona Spain. 4.7.09 Subjective Metrics welcomes MidAmerica Nazarene University as a new client. 3.13.09 Dr. Scott Warnock, Subjective Metrics' co-founder, presents " Assessments large and small with a Web-based rubric and data-collection tool.” Conference on College Composition and Communication Computer Connection 2.10.09 Waypoint Outcomes welcomes new clients, including Edison State College, Baldwin-Wallace College, Lebanon High School, and Cankdeska-Cikana Community College. http://docs.subjectivemetrics.com/home/aboutus/press/press_details.htm 1.01.09 The Drexel University College of Business features their use of Waypoint in a paper recently published in The Journal of Business and Technical Communication (abstract only). 11.15.08 Waypoint Outcomes welcomes new clients, including Fanny Lou Hamer High School, Dallas-Baptist University, Mililani High School, Saint Mary's College of California, and San Jose State University. 9.01.08 Waypoint Outcomes releases a customized solution for California's PACT consortia (Performance Assessment for California Teachers) 7.25.08 Waypoint Outcomes welcomes Wingate University as a new client. 4.25.08 Texas A&M University launches Waypoint institution-wide via its Writing Across the Curriculum program. Read the Texas A&M Writing Center newsletter here (pdf, 9mb). 3.20.08 Waypoint Outcomes is profiled in two presentations at the Drexel University e-Learning 2.0 Conference. Jason Slipp, an Instruction Technology Consultant from Lehigh University, presented Lehigh's implementation of Waypoint across four colleges (every college at Lehigh). Dr. Valarie Arms, from Drexel University, discussed using Waypoint for peer review to help structure student work in a hybrid learning environment. You can download the presentations: http://docs.subjectivemetrics.com/home/aboutus/press/press_details.htm 2.8.08 Subjective Metrics welcomes new clients to Waypoint Outcomes including the University of Virginia, Wilkes University, and Lafayette College. 2.6.08 Waypoint Outcomes is profiled in the University of Pennsylvania's student newspaper, The Daily Pennsylvanian. The article is called "Fighting for Feedback," and details the student experience receiving feedback from faculty along with the Wharton School's successful two-year implementation of Waypoint. 1.16.08 Subjective Metrics announces support for the Windows Mobile PDA platform. Read the press release here. 1.3.08 Subjective Metrics welcomes new clients to Waypoint Outcomes, including Bloomsburg University and Lehigh University. 12.5.07 Subjective Metrics welcomes new clients to Waypoint Outcomes, including Somerset Community College in Kentucky, Manhattan College, and the Mays School of Business at Texas A&M University. 11.19.07 Drexel University's English Alive program is featured in Inside Higher Ed after a presentation at the 2007 NCTE conference in New York. Read the article here. English Alive, and co-director Dr. Valarie Arms, were the subject of the December 1st edition of the College Connection radio show. Drexel's English Alive program was the first client for Waypoint Outcomes, and the program is codirected by Dr. Scott Warnock, VP Research and co-founder of Subjective Metrics, the developers of Waypoint. http://docs.subjectivemetrics.com/home/aboutus/press/press_details.htm 11.8.07 Seton Hall University faculty present "Assessment with a Difference: Waypoint Empowers Students, Faculty and Administrators" at the 13th Annual Sloan-C International Conference on Online Learning in Orlando, Florida. ◦ Conference Abstract: "This presentation will illustrate the various ways Waypoint is used for: collecting data; evaluating student performance; and analyzing data for multiple purposes. These include: individual assessments; course assessments; program assessments; alignment to standards; accreditation evaluations. Suggestions for modifying and implementing Waypoint, a cost-effective tool for assessment will be presented." 11.2.07 Subjective Metrics welcomes new clients to Waypoint Outcomes, including the University of Nevada Las Vegas, Blended Schools.net, the Association of Christian Public Schools in South-West Fryslân (The Netherlands), and Los Angeles Mission College. 08.22.07 Subjective Metrics announces interoperability with Blackboard Vista 4.0. Read more. 08.20.07 Subjective Metrics welcomes its latest client, Gallaudet University in Washington DC. 08.16.07 Subjective Metrics welcomes its latest client, Edinburg Consolidated Independent School District, Edinburg TX. http://docs.subjectivemetrics.com/home/aboutus/press/press_details.htm 08.06.07 Subjective Metrics welcomes its latest client, Green Dot Public Schools, Los Angeles CA 08.01.07 Subjective Metrics President and Founder, Andrew J. McCann, is a featured speaker at the Lehigh Valley Technology in the Classroom Symposium. McCann presented to over 80 faculty and administrators from the six colleges and universities of the Lehigh Valley Association of Independent Schools. 06.25.07 Subjective Metrics welcomes its latest client, the William Paterson University of New Jersey. 06.05.07 Subjective Metrics releases a module for the open-source Moodle Course Management System. 04.21.07 Subjective Metrics welcomes its latest client, Valley City State University. 03.01.07 In collaboration with Grant Wiggins, Subjective Metrics launches iPowerFeedback. http://docs.subjectivemetrics.com/home/aboutus/press/press_details.htm 02.14.07 Subjective Metrics releases a beta version of its groundbreaking WpOutcomes analysis software to selected clients. 11.15.06 Subjective Metrics officially releases a Building Block for the Blackboard Learning Management System™. Subjective Metrics founder and president Andrew J. McCann is a featured speaker at Authentic Education's Making Grades Meaningful: A Fresh Look at Grading and Reporting Conference. 09.12.06 Subjective Metrics integrates Waypoint with the Wharton School of Business' proprietary webCafé e-learning platform. Subjective Metrics announces new clients including the Drexel University College of Engineering and Morgan State University. 08.22.06 Subjective Metrics announces new clients including The Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania, the Santa Clara County Office of Education, The Victoria College, The Sellinger School of Business at Loyola College in Maryland, and Seton Hall University. 07.22.06 Waypoint is featured in University Business magazine, the magazine for college and university administrators. Read the article here. 06.16.06 Subjective Metrics releases a beta version of a Building Block for the Blackboard Learning Management System™ that tightly integrates Waypoint with Blackboard. http://docs.subjectivemetrics.com/home/aboutus/press/press_details.htm 05.22.06 Subjective Metrics partners with 4teacher.org to integrate the award winning and highly popular web-based tool RubiStar with Waypoint. Subjective Metrics is featured in a Philadelphia Business Journal article entitled, "Subjective Metrics Scores High in How Student Work is Graded." 03.22.06 Waypoint is selected by the Drexel University LeBow College of Business as a key tool in its AACSB accreditation initiatives to document student outcomes and continually improve instruction. ◦ Andrew McCann, Dr. Scott Warnock, and Estelita Young from WebCT present "Teaching and Enforcing Proper Documentation: Turnitin.com and WebCT" at the Fourth Annual Northeast US WebCT Conference. Dr. Scott Warnock presents at the 2006 Conference on College Composition and Communication on technology solutions for responding to student writing. Dr. Heather McGovern, of the Richard Stockton State College of New Jersey, presents "Teaching with Technology: Online Rubric-Based Grading" at the 2006 Association of Teachers of Technical Writing Conference. 02.02.06 Subjective Metrics donates $2,500 to the Drexel University Writing Program in recognition of its pioneering work in demonstrating Waypoint's utility and broad applicability. 08.15.05 The Villanova University School of Law selects Waypoint for use in its legal writing program. http://docs.subjectivemetrics.com/home/aboutus/press/press_details.htm 07.29.05 The Richard Stockton State College of New Jersey selects Waypoint for application in its general studies program. Read about Stockton's first impressions and applications for Waypoint in their November Evidence Newsletter (pdf, 172k) 06.03.05 The University of Pennsylvania Law School selects Waypoint for application in its legal writing curriculum. 05.05.05 Andrew McCann is the featured speaker in the Drexel University's e-Learning speaker series (includes links to a screencast and podcast of the event). 04.05.05 Archbishop Ryan High School, one of the largest Catholic high schools in the country with over 2,800 students enrolled, selects Waypoint to help improve feedback, PSAT scores, and advance writing across the curriculum initiatives. 03.22.05 The Drexel University College of Business pilots Waypoint for use in developing AACSB accreditation data, documenting student outcomes, and improving the feedback process. 12.16.04 Waypoint and Subjective Metrics, Inc. are featured in The Evening Bulletin article, "A Waypoint for Writing Instructors." http://docs.subjectivemetrics.com/home/aboutus/press/press_details.htm 10.10.04 Waypoint is the lead article, "Structured, Online Evaluations and the First Year Design Process", in IEEE Learning Technology. 09.15.04 Drexel University announces site license agreement (2004-2005 academic year) in its Drexelink publication. The Lower Merion School District selects Waypoint to help teachers in its two award winning high schools create more detailed feedback more quickly and effectively. Waypoint is featured in Innovation Philadelphia. 07.05.04 Waypoint is featured in the Writing Program Administrators' Conference Presentation: Deconstructing Boundaries Through Technologically Enhanced Response. 04.23.04 Waypoint is featured in the WebCT User Conference Presentation: "Longitudinal Assessment, Accountability, and Productivity: Facilitating the Writing Process." 03.10.04 Waypoint is featured in the College Composition and Communication Convention Presentation: “A Web-Based Tool for Writing Evaluation and Curricular Assessment.” http://docs.subjectivemetrics.com/home/aboutus/press/press_details.htm Technology focused ◦ Eager faculty ◦ Instructional technology team (support) Feedback focused ◦ Faculty dedicated to adult learning best practices ◦ Faculty interested in engaging in a dialogue supportive of deep learning ◦ Office of Student Success Associate Dean Advisors Measurement of strategic goals focused ◦ VP of Institutional Assessment and Planning ◦ Office of Academic Affairs Reticent faculty ◦ Traditional background ◦ Set in their own ways ◦ Unwilling to give up control of grading to a rubric Strategy for adoption ◦ Focus on relative advantage: As a cutting-edge, state online school, Waypoint provides us relative advantage over our peer institutions. In my organization, I believe the interactive rubric, Waypoint, meets the needs of our need for relative advantage, compatibility, low complexity, and observability (Rogers, 2003). As a cutting-edge, state online school, Waypoint provides us the ability to link learning objectives to course objectives to program objectives as well as improve feedback and facilitate dialogue between the faculty and students. This provides us relative advantage over our peer institutions, which have no technology to support either of these important tasks. Not only is Waypoint in alignment with our organization’s goal of consistent, rubric-based, data driven institutional strategy, it’s also integrated with our Blackboard learning management system. These elements make Waypoint compatible with institutional objectives and faculty and student ease of use. Although the Waypoint interface is fairly free of complexity, as with all new technologies, it does require training and ongoing support. Once familiar with its use, the tool is easily adoptable by end-users. The use of Waypoint has an instant effect on the need for faculty to conduct consistent, rubricbased grading with detailed feedback. Faculty and students immediately see the feedback and graded rubric in the Blackboard grade center. Being able to observe the benefits of this innovation improves its ability for diffusion.