Penn State Harrisburg to host workshop to enhance General Education Assessment

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MIDDLETOWN, Pa. — Penn State Harrisburg, in collaboration with the Office for General Education and the Office of Planning, Assessment, and Institutional Research (OPAIR), is hosting a free, in-person faculty workshop to enhance the assessment of general education. Scheduled Monday, June 3, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Penn State Harrisburg's campus, the workshop will offer faculty an opportunity to delve into the University’s assessment approach and contribute to refining assessment materials and processes.

“Harrisburg is delighted to be hosting this workshop for faculty teaching general education courses,” says Chancellor David Callejo Perez. "By supporting faculty who teach in such pivotal courses, we reaffirm our commitment to preparing students for success in their careers and communities."

Faculty teaching general education courses are encouraged to apply to attend this workshop where they will consider how to align course assignments with Penn State’s General Education Learning Objectives, Foundation, and Domain criteria. Space is limited, and priority consideration will be given to those who apply by May 20. The workshop will be conducted in person only, and mileage will be reimbursed for participants who travel from campuses other than Penn State Harrisburg.

The workshop will include presentations, including one on Penn State’s General Education Learning Objectives (GELOs) and assessment process, small group discussions, and hands-on activities. Small group sessions will focus on specific objectives, brainstorming connections between learning and intention, and exploring related rubrics. Participants will analyze sample student work and update their course assignments. Participants will be provided resources and references to continue professional development. In addition, participants will receive priority consideration for select future General Education funding opportunities and professional development. The workshop concludes with sharing of examples and future engagement directions, empowering faculty to integrate assessment strategies into their teaching practices.

More details and the application can be found on the Enhancing General Education Workshop page.