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WEAVE

Weave is a powerful software application that addresses the need to develop and maintain continuous improvement processes for both the academic and administrative structures within an institution of higher education. It guides and provides for the alignment of multiple processes, including assessment, planning, accreditation, budgeting and institutional priorities. Weave has been adopted IU system-wide for the regional campuses.

Weave allows for timely feedback, and eliminates the need for the current cumbersome and labor-intensive reporting system. It neatly incorporates all of the steps in the assessment feedback loop, and ensures that all student-learning outcomes are being easured and evaluated. These features also thoroughly address accreditation requirements. The program easily generates several types of accreditation related reports, lessening the burden of that process as well.


Current Cycle 2013-2014 Open

Everything that was in the 2012-2013 cycle was carried forward.  If you made changes after the 2013-2014 cycle was opened and used “Copy Edits Forward, then those changes were copied forward as well.  This applies to all fields except, of course, the findings area as the findings will be different each year.

Just a little reminder…at the end of the academic year (July 31st) the 2013/14 Weave assessment cycle also ends. The assessment cycle mirrors the academic cycle.  However, the 2013/14 Weave cycle will be open until November 1st, 2014 to allow time for getting the results together and uploaded into Weave. This calendar allows two months (September and October) after the end of the academic year to gather and analyze results. This means if your program has already input the mission, goals, outcomes, measures, and targets all that needs to be added each year to Weave are the new results and action plans.

For more information please see the Weave guide on Adding and Editing in a New Cycle; an IU username and password are needed to gain access.
 
Thank you for your continued efforts with assessment on our campus. If you have any questions, please contact the Weave Assessment Administrator, Michelle Bakerson at mbakerso@iusb.edu


WEAVE Introductory Training

The objectives for the WEAVE Introductory session are:

  • Become familiar with the WEAVE cycle
  • Understand WEAVEonline faculty roles
  • Learn how to enter data on assessment
  • Know how to use the page-specific Help
  • Review sample entries of assessment data
  • Know how to run two key assessment reports

After this overview, you will be ready to start inputting data for your department’s program assessment. Once you see what this system can do, how intuitive and easy it is to use; you will be excited about using it. This web-based assessment management system will help make assessment meaningful, measureable, and manageable for your program.

If you would like to find out about a training session or require more information, contact Michelle Bakerson mbakerso@iusb.edu


Assessment Workshop Series

Each year the assessment committee sponsors an assessment expert to conduct a workshop for campus faculty. In September 2014 we welcome Barbara Walvoord, a preeminent scholar and practitioner of academic assessment. She will be  conducting a workshop on academic program assessment Friday, September 12, 2014 from 9:00 to 12:00. This will be an excellent opportunity to hear from an engaging and experienced speaker who has widely influenced current practice. Her book, Assessment Clear and Simple: A Practical Guide for Institutions, Departments and General Education, has been a blueprint for much of the current thinking about assessment. Copies are available to borrow from the Schurz Library and the Campus-wide Assessment Committee. 

In 2013, Susan Hatfield was our featured speaker. Hatfield has spoken and published extensively on the practical and useful ways that assessment can improve classes and programs as well as meet accreditation requirements. 

The introduction of Weave on our campus has highlighted the need for a better understanding  of effective student learning objectives and the imperative to close the assessment loop with measures, analysis and an action plan to improve. Susan Hatfield’s enthusiastic and practical presentation was an impetus for taking the campus to the next level in assessment. Materials from her workshop are available in the Workshop Resources area.


Improvements Coming for Weave

weave symbolWeave software is planning some major improvements coming this academic year.  The Weave company has decided to simplify their name as part of a complete evolution of their products and services. The company name is now simply “Weave” and the new logo is above. You will see these changes applied to our Weave Assessment application in the coming weeks.

Weave Effect™

The assessment and planning application will be updated with an improved user experience in the coming year. When that update is complete, the application will be launched under a new name Weave Effect™.  For now we will begin to refer to WEAVEonline as simply Weave Assessment. You will begin to see this name change within our communications and materials soon, but rest assured the current application will NOT be changed without significant advance communication and transition planning.

Weave Convene™

Weave also introduced Weave Convene™, a new destination for peer-to-peer collaboration and communication. Inside Weave Convene you can participate in important discussions with other member institutions, share best practices, and engage in scholarly discussion regarding assessment and the scholarship of teaching.  A Convene™ quick start guide is also provided to walk you through the initial registration. Create a profile to access archived learning resources and join the new conversation!


Weave Training Sessions

Contact Michelle Bakerson if you would like a meeting to discuss using WEAVE software.

Weave is a powerful software application that addresses the need to develop and maintain continuous improvement processes for both the academic and administrative structures within an institution of higher education. It guides and provides for the alignment of multiple processes, including assessment, planning, accreditation, budgeting and institutional priorities.WEAVEonline has been adopted IU system-wide. 

It was originally developed at Virginia Commonwealth University to address accreditation needs, and continues to be developed by experienced higher education professionals.  In 2001, a small team of people at Virginia Commonwealth University started putting together a way to manage assessment data to support regional accreditation requirements. After Virginia Commonwealth University was successful in its reaffirmation of accreditation, team members presented the approach at a number of state, regional, and national conferences.  Other institutions showed considerable interest.  A faculty member at VCA had his senior class investigage the market, and VCU began licensing the software. A higher education source now offered a higher education solution for assessment management.  After three years, when WEAVEonline became too large to remain inside the university, James Farrelly entered the picture and formed Centrieva Corporation in May 2006 to exclusively market, license, and further develop WEAVEonline.

WEAVEonline allows for timely feedback, and eliminates the need for the current cumbersome and labor-intensive reporting system.  It neatly incorporates all of the steps in the assessment feedback loop, and ensures that all student learning outcomes are being measured and evaluated.  These features also thoroughly address accreditation requirements.  The program easily generates several types of accreditation related reports, lessening the burden of that process as well. 

Michelle Bakerson, Interim Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Assistant Professor of Educational Research, is overseeing the implementation of Weave Assessment for our campus.  If you would like a training session please contact her at mbakerso@iusb.edu. 


New Assessment Requirements at IU South Bend

Recently there has been an increase in pressure for accountability in Higher Education from the state. During the upcoming accreditation visit from the Higher Learning Commission that there will be an in-depth examination of all programs across campus. HLC representatives will evaluate the measurability and data collection and analysis methods for student learning outcomes. Most importantly, the HLC will want us to demonstrate how the data from these measures are being used to specifically improve student learning across our programs.

As a result, the university administration has charged the assessment committee with assisting each of the academic units in a proactive approach to data management, program evaluation and assessment. Doing so now will allow us as a campus to make any necessary adjustments in preparation for our Higher Learning Commission visit. As such, it is not enough to have information in the system. The information must be presented in a common language and format across units, and the data provided must be useable for program improvement.

Whereas previous evaluations were based on an earlier and different system, as the expectations from our accreditation board and the state have changed, so have the requirements of the campus assessment committee. To better organize and present our data using this common format for the HLC visit (which will also facilitate communication across units more clearly), the WEAVEonline system has replaced our old evaluation system. To further streamline communication and program assessment, a new rubric for program evaluation has been developed. This new rubric is much more detailed, and it gets into very specific aspects of program evaluation in accordance with the higher expectations set by the state and the Higher Learning Commission. Along with meeting these outside expectations IU South Bend's new evaluation system lends itself much better to closing the feedback loop, which will strengthen our programs and help improve student learning across campus.