About assessment and analytics at CNDLS

CNDLS provides a broad array of assessment and analytics support and services to Georgetown faculty, program directors, and university administrators ranging from classroom and course assessment techniques to campus-wide assessment and grant evaluation. We are available to consult with individual instructors around assessment, learning outcomes, feedback, assignments and grading in your course; facilitate curricular and program assessment conversations with departments, committees or administrative units; and collaborate on research and scholarship on teaching practice, new technologies, campus-wide teaching and learning projects, and educational grants. Our staff bring expertise in qualitative and quantitative methods, instrument design, learning analytics, and grant evaluation to assessment and evaluation projects intended to better understand and improve learning experiences and environments for students.

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To set up an assessment consultation or service for your course, program, or grant project, please let us know, and one of our staff members will be in touch with you.

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Services that we offer

Mid-semester teaching feedback

CNDLS offers a confidential Mid-Semester Teaching Feedback service to instructors teaching at Georgetown. This is an assessment technique conducted at the midpoint of the semester that uses small groups to gather feedback from students on aspects of a course that are new or changed from the previous semester, course activities such as class time, homework, projects, lab work, use of technology, and a lot more. The resulting feedback then allows faculty to implement changes in the remainder of the semester based on student comments.

More about mid-semester teaching feedback

Survey design and hosting

CNDLS provides survey design consultation, hosting and analysis for

  • instructors wanting an independent third party to help them collect pre-, mid-, or end-of-semester survey feedback from their students
  • department chairs wanting anonymous or confidential incoming or exit surveys for majors or programs
  • committee or working group chairs needing new information or feedback from students on their learning experiences.

Contact us for a conversation on survey design and hosting

Program assessment and evaluation

CNDLS works with department chairs and unit leads who wish to assess how well a program or curriculum is serving students and achieving its goals. This work includes developing learning goals, curriculum mapping, developing exit or alumni surveys, conducting focus groups or interviews with graduating seniors, facilitating the scoring of student outputs, and helping gain access to and utilize systems-level or institutional data. Related opportunities include our Course & Curriculum Design consultations and our Productive Open Design Spaces (PODS), where departments can propose a curricular redesign and/or assessment project and receive coaching and creative guidance. You might also check out our 8 Steps to Curricular Change.

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Educational research and grant support

CNDLS provides support and collaboration for educational research at the course level, such as the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) or evaluating the use of new educational technologies or pedagogies, as well as longitudinally for postsecondary educational grants. Support may take the form of advice and consultation, co-design and assistance in data collection, or analysis and co-authorship. CNDLS can provide pedagogical expertise and feedback on the educational components of grant proposals, as well as assistance writing and conducting evaluation sections of postsecondary educational grants from private or federal funders. We are open collaborators and welcome conversations about potential joint research projects.

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Learning Analytics

CNDLS can help instructors understand and utilize Canvas and other learning platform analytics for the purpose of better understanding and visualizing student engagement with learning materials on the platform. You might be interested in our tip sheet on Canvas course analytics or our recorded webinar.

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Learning Analytics Network DC Chapter

The Learning Analytics Learning Network (LALN) is an international initiative that builds capacity around learning analytics. The master's program that CNDLS founded, the Learning, Design, and Technology (LDT) program, is spearheading the DC chapter, LALNDC, of this growing international network.

As a formal interface between the LDT academic program and the broader educational community, LALNDC supports the professional development of students and contributes to the national and international profile of the LDT Program. LALNDC serves as an active community of practice operating through a series of outreach efforts and is led by a student-faculty partnership team. It primarily focuses on activities related to Learning Analytics, Equity, and Social Change. We’d love to have you join us. Fill out the form to join or email the LDT program for more information.

Looking for more tips and resources on assessment?

We’ve put together a collection of guidance and services on learning assessment that you might want to check out.

Visit the teaching guide on assessment and student feedback