At the November 5th meeting of the Interdisciplinary Community of Practice, we addressed issues relating to assessing and evaluating interdisciplinary learning. Hanae Tsukada and Natalie Baloy co-facilitated the meeting.
After a brief round of introductions, we learned about mechanisms of interdisciplinary assessment from the following community members:
- David Brownstein (Geography/Canadian Studies): Ritsumeikan University/UBC exchange – LLED/ISC overlapping assignment
- Mike van der Loos (Engineering): Engineering Capstone course and student reflections
- Catherine Douglas (Economics): Designing Mix on homelessness with community partners, student reflections
Many thanks to these presenters!
In addition to speakers’ remarks, we discussed Bloom’s Taxonomy (see links below) and how to adapt learning objectives to interdisciplinary contexts. The following resources were available:
- Allen Repko, “Assessing Interdisciplinary Learning Outcomes” (referenced on the PowerPoint)
- Griffiths Graduate Attributes Interdisciplinary Perspective Toolkit
- Project Kaleidoscope: What Works in Facilitating Interdisciplinary Learning in Science and Mathematics (Another publication from Project Kaleidoscope may also be of interest: Leadership for Interdisciplinary Learning: A Practical Guide to Mobilizing, Implementing, and Sustaining Campus Efforts (thank you, Annette Berndt, for sharing this great resource. I’m looking into getting a copy and will be happy to loan it to ICoP members))
- Bloom’s Taxonomy Action Verbs (Clemson University resource)
- Bloom’s Taxonomy (Old Dominion University resource)
These resources are also available at this Dropbox link. If you have resources about interdisciplinary teaching and learning, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to use and build our Wiki resource portal as well!
Thank you for participating in our meeting! It is exciting to see this new community develop and grow.