Training

Training & Services

The Center for Assessment and Improvement of Learning provides a variety of training and support options. Contact us for more information about the availability and associated costs of the services below.

Regional Train-the-Trainer Workshops

Regional Train-the-Trainer workshops are now a combination of our original scoring workshops with our CAT App workshop. Day one will prepare participants to lead a faculty scoring workshop on their own campus. Attendees will participate in a real CAT scoring workshop and have an opportunity to experience the integrated components of faculty development a scoring session. Day two will focus on the development of CAT Apps, discipline-specific assessments that integrate the skills measured by the CAT instrument. Participants will have the opportunity to create CAT Apps within their discipline with the assistance and feedback of the CAT trainers. Assessment planning support can be held via webinar after the completion of the training. This allows for additional personnel at each attendees’ home institution to participate in those assessment planning discussions.

Institutions that want to use the CAT instrument on their campus should have 2-3 representatives attend a Train-the-Trainer workshop. These workshops are offered each semester in areas across the United States. To find out if we are planning a workshop near you, check the schedule for regional training workshops listed below.

Onsite Workshops

Onsite Workshops can be arranged to prepare larger groups of faculty to implement the CAT across the institution. This may be more economical than sending representatives from each program or department to our regional training workshops.This option allows you to choose your own dates and include a greater number of faculty participants promoting increased buy-in across your campus.These training workshops typically accommodate up to 15 participants and vary from 1-3 days depending on the content you would like to include. On-site workshops can include leading scoring sessions, facilitating CAT Apps development, guiding assessment discussion, and supporting other improvement initiatives. 

Supporting Improvement Initiatives

Let our team help you develop institutional plans for learning and assessment. Through our work with two and four year institutions, research groups, and professional organizations, we have significant experience and knowledge measuring student learning outcomes for programs, general education, accrediting bodies, and other institutional entities. As part of a SACS accredited institution, we have specific expertise in developing Quality Enhancement Plans (QEP). If you would like help deciding how to tackle an assessment problem you are facing, we may be able to help. Contact us for more information.

Introductory Package (NEW)

We now offer an introductory package to institutions who want to evaluate whether the CAT will be beneficial on their campus. This package includes 100 CAT tests, an onsite full-day training workshop for 10 to 12 faculty that will lead faculty through their first CAT scoring experience, and an additional half day of meetings to explore different ways the CAT could be incorporated into assessment and faculty development plans for various groups on your campus. 

Test Scoring Service (for Researchers)

Although faculty participation in CAT scoring is a valuable faculty development experience, we know that some researchers do not have enough colleagues who are willing to help them score CAT tests used in their research projects. We offer a special test scoring service for researchers that want to use the CAT. The cost of this service is $25 per test scored. 

Regional Train-the-Trainer Workshop Schedule

Dates

Location

Type

Status

November 12 - 13, 2018 San Antonio, TX
CAT Train-the-Trainer & CAT App
OPEN
March 26 - 27, 2018 Seattle, WA
CAT Train-the-Trainer & CAT App
Full
October 30-31, 2017 Nashville, TN Hybrid CAT Train-the-Trainer & CAT App Complete
April 20-21, 2017
Santa Fe, NM

(New) Hybrid CAT Train-the-Trainer & CAT App

Complete
November 7 - 8, 2016
Washington, DC

(New) Hybrid CAT Train-the-Trainer & CAT App

Complete
March 3 - 4, 2016
Santa Fe, NM

(New) Hybrid CAT Train-the-Trainer & CAT App

Complete
November 16 - 17, 2015
San Antonio, TX
(New) Hybrid CAT Train-the-Trainer & CAT App
Complete
August 3 - 4, 2015
San Diego
CAT Train-the-Trainer
Complete
August 6 - 7, 2015
San Diego
TBA
Complete
March 5 - 6, 2015
Boston, MA
CAT Train-the-Trainer Complete
March 2 - 3, 2015
Boston, MA
CAT Train-the-Trainer
Complete
October 30 - 31, 2014 Santa Fe, NM

CAT Train-the-Trainer

Complete
October 27 - 28, 2014 Santa Fe, NM

CAT Train-the-Trainer

Complete
October 1 - 2, 2014 Knoxville, TN

*Special Analog Training

Complete
August 18 - 19, 2014 Charleston, SC *Special Analog Training Complete
August 14 - 15, 2014 Charleston, SC CAT Train-the-Trainer Complete
March 27 - 28, 2014 Seattle, WA CAT Train-the-Trainer Complete
March 24 - 25, 2014 Seattle, WA CAT Train-the-Trainer Complete

Partial support for this work was provided by the National Science Foundation’s TUES (CCLI) Program under grants 0404911, 0717654, and 1022789.

Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.


Center for Assessment & Improvement of Learning
Box 5031, Tennessee Technological University
Cookeville, TN 38505
(931)372-3252 (931)372-3611