Title

Review of the book Meaningful Course Revision: Enhancing Academic Engagement Using Student Learning Data

Document Type

Article

Document Subtype

Book/Media Review

Publication Date

Summer 7-2008

Publication Source

International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

Volume

2

Issue

2

Publisher

Georgia Southern University

Place of Publication

Georgia, USA

ISBN/ISSN

ISSN 1931-4744

Peer Reviewed

no

Abstract

Excerpt:

In Meaningful Course Revision: Enhancing Academic Engagement Using Student Learning Data, Wehlburg persuasively argues that letting evidence guide change and innovation is perhaps the only way to break the dysfunctional tradition of what may be termed “teaching as telling” and “grading to the bell curve.” Throughout the book, Wehlburg convincingly argues that assessment is not yet another chore that faculty and administrators are obliged to perform, but an integrated set of activities that enhances learning and provides the feedback teachers and institutions need in order to improve learning outcomes and implement innovations in teaching. In Chapter 1, “Data-based Decision-Making,” Wehlburg effectively makes the case for data-driven course redesign. Better yet, in Chapter 2, Wehlburg asserts that many faculty members are already engaged in performing assessments, they are just not aware of how to make use of the data to revise their courses.

Keywords

book review, course design, program assessment, learning outcomes

Disciplines

Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research | Higher Education Administration | Higher Education and Teaching