Showcasing Student Learning Gains

About this Session

In this second session of the Dziuban Award Workshop Series, professors Groff and Brunson address how online faculty may provide clear evidence of student learning gains and other success measures from the online environment. Such evidence is essential for faculty planning to submit proposals this fall for the 2018 Chuck D. Dziuban Award for Excellence in Online Teaching. Each session in the Dziuban Award Workshop Series is designed to assist eligible faculty in preparing a strong award submission packet.


Session Highlights

Fostering student engagement is essential for successful online courses, but such engagement can be achieved in many different ways. The Dziuban Award faculty review committee will be looking for compelling evidence of student learning gains in award proposals. Evidence types may vary depending upon the discipline, but some helpful information regarding student learning gains mentioned in this session:

  • Discusses several definitions of student learning gains
  • Reviews general misconceptions related to student learning gains
  • Analyzes why assessing student learning gains is highly specific
  • Assessments of Student Learning Gains
    • What do we want students to know?
    • How do we assess that they learned what we wanted them to learn?
    • Reviews internal and external types assessments


Amanda Groff, Ph.D.

Amanda Groff, Ph.D.Associate Lecturer
University of Central Florida

Amanda Groff is an Associate Lecturer of Anthropology. Dr. Groff received the 2012 Dziuban Award for demonstrating excellent online teaching in her course, ANT3302: Sex, Gender and Culture.

Richard Brunson, M.A.

Richard Brunson, M.A.Associate Instructor
University of Central Florida

Rick Brunson is an Associate Instructor of Journalism. Professor Brunson co-facilitated four sessions of IDL6543 from Summer 2016 to Summer 2017.

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