Assessing Practices of Public Scholarship (APPS)
Pre-Gathering on Democratically-Engaged Assessment
• Attends to value-free, value-neutral, value-laden, and values-engaged framings for assessment practice.
• Articulates the sources and implications of assumptions about the values-orientations of assessment.
• Identifies the value commitments participants themselves bring to their assessment practice and to their work more generally, and the values of the systems within which they work, and those of democratic engagement.
• Becoming familiar with the assessment and community engagement traditions that inform DEA
• Exploring the framework of DEA and its application to existing literatures on assessment.
• Engaging in the application of the framework to their own assessment practices.
• Making assessment more participatory, collaborative, co-creative, generative, rigorous, and practical.
• Making assessments that rigorously understand the impacts on students, faculty, institutions of higher education, community partners, and community members.
• Identifying the values inherent in a variety of assessment practices.
• Analyzing any contradictions that exist between values and outcomes, and values of different stakeholders in assessment
• Creating actionable enhancements to assessment practices that better align with value commitments, and defining processes by which conflicting values and outcomes may be reconciled.
• Contributing to and expanding the framework of DEA in its capacities to better support democratic assessment.
• Analyzing the challenges to enacting assessment practices that “walk the talk” of their own grounding values, and possibly those of DEA.
• Proposing methods, tools, and processes that help to meet these challenges, aspiring to transform their own practices and the systems within which they work.
12 – 6:30 PM