IDEA Workshops: Learning What's New

Join colleagues at our newly formatted IDEA Workshops.

Who should attend?

IDEA staff has spent several months gathering feedback from our partners and constituents on what they envision to be an ideal learning opportunity. The result is a series of workshops with broad-based learning and skill-building opportunities related to evaluation and assessment—not just for IDEA partners, but for all higher education leaders wanting a professional development opportunity in these areas of focus.

Upcoming Workshops


Two IDEA workshops for campus leaders!


Join us in the heart of what Travel and Leisure magazine called one of 2017’s best places to travel, Philadelphia, for two workshops of use to college leaders.


Workshop Registration - Early Bird Pricing ends April 9th!
(Prices go up to $215 per session/$335 full day as of April 10th)

  • Half day: Select from IDEA Users Bootcamp or Developing an Integrated Curriculum - $175
  • Full day: Both workshops (includes lunch) - $295

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  • Embassy Suites by Hilton Philadelphia Center City, 1776 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
  • Group room rates are $149 single rate; $169 double rate (plus 15.5% taxes) 
  • Reservations must be made by March 31, 2017 to receive the group rate.  Use this link to make your reservation online, or contact the hotel directly at (215) 561-1776 and mention the group, IDEA 2017to get these rates. 
  • Rates are good for nights between April 19 and 21 and includes breakfast and WiFi access.

IDEA Users Bootcamp, 8:30 a.m. - Noon

IDEA Users Boot Camp

Thursday morning:  8:30 a.m. - Noon

An intensive review of the IDEA Student Ratings of Instruction system. This session will condense the key concepts of our implementation and trainings for faculty and administrators into one, fast paced session. 

Topics will include:

  • Proper selection of learning objectives
  • Maximizing reports for improvement
  • Best practices for optimum response rates
  • Translating data into unit level improvement 
  • Overview of the updated IDEA SRI and our latest enhancements

Who should attend?

Key stakeholders in charge of the IDEA system process on campus, as well as primary users of unit data will benefit greatly from this session. Additionally, anyone interested in seeing, first hand, the updates and improvements to the IDEA system (and what we are planning for the future) should also attend. Finally, folks investigating ways to improve their own, home-grown, student ratings instruments are welcome to participate and learn from our 40 years of expertise in building well designed student ratings and faculty evaluation processes.

Developing an Integrated Curriculum, 1:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Developing an Integrated Curriculum

Thursday Afternoon: 1:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

  • How do you know that your students are accomplishing your program’s desired outcomes?
  • How does an individual course contribute to those outcomes?

Developing an Integrated Curriculum is a workshop designed to help you answer these questions and ensure a coherent, balanced curriculum on your campus. Are you sure there are no gaps in the learning expected of students or no needless repetition across courses? Can you prove to your accreditors that your curriculum is thoughtfully designed?

Developing an Integrated Curriculum is a process of ensuring that your programs are efficient and effective for students. Through curriculum mapping for the institution, programs, gen ed and individual courses, you can identify those gaps or repetitions and areas of weakness for those learning outcomes identified as important. Involving faculty in the process is important because they can ensure that individual courses are aligned and mapped to those broader goals.

In this workshop, participants will explore the concepts behind program assessment and curriculum mapping and will start actually mapping their own programs. Equipped with this knowledge, participants will be prepared to go back to their campus and help lead others through the process.

Who should attend?

Program administrators, department chairs, deans, directors of assessment and institutional effectiveness, and other academic leaders who need to ensure their programs and institutions are delivering a balanced curriculum.


October 2017 - Los Angeles, CA

Graciously hosted by Azusa Pacific University

Interested in attending this or future workshops but not quite ready to register?  
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Interested in attending this or future workshops but not quite ready to register?  
Fill out the form below and we’ll keep you personally apprised of all workshop details.
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It was a tremendous asset to be able to speak with IDEA staff as well as other users, as we prepare to transition to the online system. The workshop was extremely helpful!
Lorraine Hall, Assistant to the Provost, Christopher Newport University



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