NEW ORLEANS — Two Trine University staff members gave a presentation at a national
conference covering the use of technology to gather data and improve higher education
Tracey Floto, director of assessment, and Mechelle Snyder-Bruns, administrative assistant
for the Franks School of Education, presented on “Leveraging Watermark Solutions for
Program Review” with about 80 in attendance.
The Watermark Engage 2019 conference, held from June 25-28 in New Orleans, drew more
than 550 higher education professionals from a variety of roles.
The session conducted by Floto and Snyder-Bruns explored how to effectively collect
and analyze data for course-level, program-level and institutional improvement.
Trine’s processes came about after the Higher Learning Commission suggested that the
university develop a formalized program review process that includes evaluating program
outcomes and contributions to the university, assessing program viability and sustainability,
monitoring student and alumni satisfaction, and ensuring properly credentialed faculty
and needed resources.
“I was a little nervous before we started. However, once we got into the presentation,
it was easy to talk about the good things we are doing at Trine University,” said
Floto said those attending liked the flexibility of the program review process the
team presented, and also appreciated that Snyder-Bruns provided them with concrete
examples of data gathered using Watermark’s Tk20 to complete the process.
The Franks School of Education uses Tk20 to allow students to collect assignments
and other documents, track their academic progress, document clinical experiences
and develop a portfolio to have available for interviewing after graduation. It also
integrates with Moodle to aid the Franks School in collecting data and assessing objectives
for internal and external reporting.
“Mechelle did a great job of sharing the amazing things Franks School of Education
is doing and how we are capturing that information in data form,” said Floto.
The annual conference is Watermark’s flagship event. The company develops technologies
that allow institutions to gather better data to improve educational assessment and
Engage gave those who attended the opportunity to network and share best practices.
“We reflected on the current trends in higher education and the impact these trends
might have on our own institution,” said Floto. “We were inspired to think creatively
about the ways we might engage the personnel and tools at our disposal to make the
most out of the educational experience for our students.”
Photo: Trine University staff members Mechelle Snyder-Bruns, left, administrative assistant
for the Franks School of Education, and Tracey Floto, director of assessment, field
questions during their session at the Watermark Engage conference in New Orleans.