Lessons Learned: Implementing Student Learning Assessment in Study Abroad

NIEDA, Takami
Assistant Professor
English Studies

Presented at the 2016 NAFSA Conference on International Education, the poster session  outlined Sophia University’s steps (and missteps) to implement learning assessment in study abroad: choosing an online platform, adapting and revising AAC&U’s VALUE rubric for target students, administering assessment, and evaluating student learning through study abroad. The session also presented preliminary data from the program’s first two years of assessment as well as lessons learned from these findings. Through the case of study of Sophia University, attendees were able to connect to resources that will aid in developing assessment tools and assessing students’ language learning and cultural competency. Attendees were also be able to identify potential stumbling blocks and “next steps” in implementing student learning assessment in study abroad programs.

Takami Nieda has served on Sophia University’s Center for Global Discovery Steering Committee, which was created to carry out the Japanese government’s 5-year Global Talent Initiative. As chair of the Study Abroad Assessment Committee, she developed the assessment tool to measure students’ learning through study abroad, administered the assessment, and analyzed preliminary data from these assessments.

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