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ANNUAL ASSESSMENT REPORT FOR 2007-08Department/Program: JFCA TheatreDate Submitted: July 2008Authors: John Green, Owen Schaub, Diane Timmerman, Wendy Meaden, Robert Koharchik, Elaina ArtemievMission: To prepare its graduates for a lifetime of commitment to the art of theatre and its place in our society.Student Learning Outcome (SLO)For each SLO, list two methodologies and the criteria for successful performance (such as ameasurement, rubric or scale that indicates a baseline for competency).TermAssessed(F07 or S08)Methodology 1 Criteria for Success Methodology 2 Criteria for Success1. Demonstrate an understanding of the basic production processsuch as acting, directing,stage costume and lighting design.Production FundamentalsProductions/TalkBacksDirectExit and other interviewsRubric rating of at least 70% IndirectSimulationsPortfoliosRubric rating of at least 70%2. Demonstrate an understanding of contemporary thinking about theatre and relatedarts. Idea of TheatreDirectLocally Developed ExaminationsRubric rating of at least 70% DirectPerformance AppraisalRubric rating of at least 70% S081 Fall 20083. Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the theatre arts of other cultures and other times.History of TheatreDramatic LiteratureDirectLocally Developed ExaminationsRubric rating of at least 70% DirectBehavioral ObservationsRubric rating of at least 70%4. Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between theatre and other art forms.Production work TalkBackDirectExternal ExaminerRubric rating of at least 70% DirectBehavioral ObservationsRubric rating of at least 70%5. Demonstrate an understanding of moral and ethical problems in the discipline.Costume DesignDirectBehavioral ObservationsRubric rating of at least 70% IndirectFocus GroupsRubric rating of at least 70%6. Communicate with accuracy, cogency and persuasiveness.All Course WorkDirectBehavioral ObservationsRubric rating of at least 70% DirectLocally DevelopedExaminationsRubric rating of at least 70% S087. Create and present public performances in the theatre.ProductionsIndirectSimulationsRubric rating of at least 70% DirectPerformance AppraisalsRubric rating of at least 70%2 Fall 20088. Display ability in visualand aural perception through theatre performance.ProductionsTalkBack/Meet & GreetIndirectSimulationsRubric rating of at least 70% IndirectFocus GroupsRubric rating of at least 70%9. Display familiarity with the use and structure of language in playwriting.Play AnalysisDirectLocally Developed ExaminationsRubric rating of at least 70% DirectPortfoliosRubric rating of at least 70%10. Display a familiarity with a variety of theatre techniques.DirectingAll Theatre course workIndirectSimulationsRubric rating of at least 70% DirectPerformance AppraisalsRubric rating of at least 70%11. Display ability to make assessments of quality inworks of theatre.Idea of TheatreIndirectFocus GroupsRubric rating of at least 70% IndirectWritten SurveysRubric rating of at least 70% S0812. Value invention, honesty, collaboration, quality, intensity and positive effort in the arts.Rubric rating of at least 70% Rubric rating of at least 70%1. Findings—Summarize the findings from the assessment activities for each SLO that was assessed. Identify the SLO # and append supporting documentation such as rubrics, scales, pass rates, test scores, or other measurements used to assess each SLO. SLO 2: 80% of participants demonstrated a clear understanding of contemporary thinking about theatre, successfully synthesizing research with personal experience gained in classroom, studio and through production processes.SLO 6: Of the three SLO’s assessed in Spring 2008 (2,6 & 11), this proved to be the weakest, particularly regarding the accuracy of writtencommunication displayed by the candidates. The mechanics of writing were flawed in almost every case.SLO 11: 80% of participants demonstrated a clear ability to make assessments of quality in works of theatre, particularly those works in which they had actually participated as creative artists.3 Fall 20082. Use of Results—What programmatic changes, if any, were made in response to the findings? Reference the SLO #.SLO #6 The most immediate programmatic change is in relation to SLO 6. Faculty have determined that more time needs to be devoted in the major to developing accurate writing skills.3. What support services or resources for faculty would help your department assess its SLOs better?SLO #6 The department will seek guidance from the new Director of Writing Across the Curriculum.4. What revisions, if any, to current SLOs did you make or are under consideration?The language used in the assessment rubrics will be clarified and discussed with the students before setting locally developed examinations.5. Map each of your program’s SLOs to the University Learning Outcomes. Make annual updates only if your SLOs changed. For example:Butler University students will:1. Explore various ways of knowing in the humanities, social and natural sciences, quantitative and analytic reasoning, and creative arts. (Know)2. Articulate and apply required content knowledge within their area(s) of study. (Know)3. Find, understand, analyze, synthesize, evaluate and use information, employing technology as appropriate. (Know)4. Explore a variety of cultures. (Know)5. Recognize the relationship between the natural world and broader societal issues. (Know)6. Communicate clearly and effectively. (Do) 7. Demonstrate collaborative behavior with others. (Do) 8. Practice ways and means of physical well-being. (Do) 9. Acquire the skills to make informed, rational and ethical choices. (Do)10. Appreciate diverse cultures, ethnicities, religions and sexual orientations. (Value)11. Share their talents with Butler and the greater community at large. (Value)12. Be exposed to the value of lifelong learning. (Value)4 Fall 2008Theater Student Learning Outcomes: Butler University Learning Outcomes1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 121. Demonstrate an understanding of the basic production process such as acting, directing, stage costume and lighting design.X


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