Every year, summer goes so fast. Here in Hawaii, our new academic year is starting this coming week! Dr. John Norris is back from his one-year sabbatical, and we've been keeping ourselves busy with outreach work and resource building this summer.
Between July 29th--31st, we had a group of enthusiastic Middle Eastern language program (MELP) educators from various universities (not only US-based, but also people from overseas, too!) gather at the University of Texas, Austin to attend our three-day workshop on program evaluation and outcomes assessment (see our previous blog post). We had very energetic discussions on the issues surrounding program evaluation in college programs, including ways to transform evaluation culture, strategies to take advantage of the external evaluation "wave" (we had a series of surfing themes going on, since the facilitators were all from Hawaii!), and so on. Presentation materials and discussion summaries are all posted on our new resource page, so check it out!
John Davis (one of our collaborating staff) created a very useful guide on "Using surveys for understanding and improving foreign language programs". An abbreviated version of the content was delivered at the MELP workshop, and you may find his presentation slides to be useful as well.
Contact us for any updates on evaluation work in your program! We'll be happy to showcase your work in our blog.