Assessment of Learning & Programs

Assessment of Learning & Programs:

A key component of teaching effectiveness is the strategic use of assessment to determine learning. These modules will provide instructors and program administrators with tools to integrate assessment in course design and programs. Thoughtful design and application of assessment can enhance learning and teaching.

Program Assessment Module-October 28, 2013 through December 20, 2013

Program Assessment is an 8-week online, learner-centered module designed for administrative directors of interpreter education programs (IEP) interested in the current trends and standards associated with the study and profession of interpreting, and, who are looking for ways to assess their own instructional program in order to enhance the quality of educators and training they offer at their institutions.

The module will introduce participants to the works of Mary J. Allen and Barbara E. Wolvoord.  The Allen text, Assessing Academic Programs in Higher Education, will serve as the primary course text.  Assessment Clear and Simple:  A Practical Guide for Institutions, Departments and General Education by Wolvoord will provide supplemental readings.

This module will include:

Presentations in ASL and spoken English
Readings from the texts
Discussion forums
Bi-weekly assignments
Preparation and submission of a Program Assessment Plan

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the trends and standards related to the field of interpreter education in preparation for the design and development of an IEP assessment plan.
  • Construct program goals and learning objectives in alignment with the standards of the CCIE and the domains and competencies for teaching interpreting.
  • Evaluate directly measured outcomes such as assignments, capstone projects, oral examinations and internships as a way to gauge student proficiency.
  • Create a program assessment plan based on the needs and circumstances of their IEP.

The estimated time to complete the module is 24 hours.
The workshop location will be online at After registering, you will receive a link to the course site.


This module will offer modest facilitation in order to keep the class moving. It is designed to be a peer-learning experience and active participation in discussions among participants including peer feedback on assignment submissions is expected.  The facilitator is Trudy Schafer.

Trudy Schafer, MIP, MPA, CSC, CI/CT, is the project coordinator for the National Interpreter Education Center at Northeastern University. She has been a practicing interpreter since 1976 and an interpreter educator since 2002. She has a Masters degree in Interpreting Pedagogy from Northeastern University and a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University.

Registration Fee: 

There is a $75 fee per participant.


The text,  Assessing Academic Programs in Higher Education by Mary J. Allen will serve as the course text.   Assessment Clear and Simple:  A Practical Guide for Institutions, Departments and General Education by Wolvoord will provide supplemental readings. Purchase price for each book is approximately $25.00.  Information will be provided at registration.


Please direct inquires to Trudy Schafer:

Registration Information:

  • Registration is limited to 25 participants.
  • Registration begins September 20, 2013.  The course will begin Monday, October 28, 2013 and will conclude December 20 2013.
  • To register click this link:


Northeastern University is approved by the RID CMP to sponsor Continuing Education Activities.  This workshop is offered for 1.5 CEUs or ACET credits in the Content Area of Professional Studies and has an Instruction level of Teaching.  CEUs for independent work requires 1.5-2 hours of work per 0.1 CEU awarded. There will be a $10.00 CEU processing fee.

Thanks to the Regional Interpreter Education Center at Northeastern University (NURIEC) for CEU sponsorship.



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