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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.


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.


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.Weave Assessment 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 Weave Assessment.

Weave Assessment 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, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Associate 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