Assessing the Effectiveness of the Student Success Module

Submitted by Erik Huntsinger on

In both my ECN211 and ECN212 courses, I include a learner outcome related to student success habits (along with course-specific outcomes).  Each week, I post a discussion assignment related to brain-based learning techniques (e.g., practicing recall, spacing learning over time), wellness behavior (sleeping, nutrition, exercise), and metacognitive skills (mindfulness, metacognition).  To assess the impact of this module on student learning, I will provide an open-ended assessment question where students will report what was particularly impactful for them that semester.  That will constitute the baseline data.  I will analyze the results and look for which areas were reported the lowest, and create an intervention for use in the fall to see if we can increase those lower area.  For example, if nutrition is a low area, I could  bring in Wellness Manager Lyle Bartelt to discuss this area with the students to see if it makes the lesson more impactful.

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Catherine Cochran Wed, 01/25/2017 - 10:08am

Hi Eric,

This is very interesting.  I like the areas you are measuring.  I am curious what correlations you will discover between wellness behavior and student learning. I look forward to your student outcome results!

Becky Baranowski Thu, 03/23/2017 - 9:09am

Hi Erik - I wanted to follow up on this and see if you were seeing any benefits so far.  I know you have this scheduled to go through April, but I thought I'd check now.  Thanks!

Erik Huntsinger Thu, 03/23/2017 - 12:50pm

Hi Becky, I should find out the results in Week 15 when I have them post what they learned from this activity.  Anecdotally, however, it has given the class a common understanding of brain-based learning strategies we can use to discuss how to prepare for upcoming tests.