New UW community of practice to focus on student learning assessment

Over the past few years, members of the campus community who engage in student learning assessment at the school/college or unit level have expressed interest in having more opportunities to come together, share assessment practices and explore strategies for “doing” assessment.

To help meet this demand, the Office of the Provost is convening a new Student Learning Assessment Community of Practice (SLA-CoP) this fall. The community is open to all faculty, instructors and staff who engage in assessment of student learning.

Coordinated by the Office of the Provost Student Learning Assessment team, the group will provide an informal forum for sharing ideas and experiences, exploring strategies and best practices, offering guidance and asking questions.

The SLA-CoP will meet monthly throughout the academic year, starting in September, typically on Thursdays (brown-bag format) from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. in Union South.

If you are interested in joining the SLA-CoP, have questions or topic ideas and/or wish to be added to the SLA-CoP WiscList, please email Regina Lowery at or subscribe at

Please feel free to share this invitation with other colleagues. The goal is to bring people together who are interested in exploring and sharing assessment information and practices.

Upcoming Meeting Dates:
All meetings in Union South, see TITU for room – 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

  • Thursday, September 27
  • Thursday, October 25
  • No meeting in November and December
  • Thursday, January 31
  • Thursday, February 28
  • No meeting in March
  • Thursday, April 25

The following are suggested topic that the group may cover:

  • Direct assessment of student learning
  • Departmental challenges and assessment expectations
  • Assessment results and implementing change
  • Assessment reporting: to whom, why and when?
  • Creating assessments (writing strong exams)
  • Student feedback about their learning through course evaluations
  • Policy sharing roundtable