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Training and Support


Consulting appointments are available if you wish to meet one-on-one with either Eileen Soto or Jamie Smith. To book your appointment, simply click on the appropriate calendar link below.

Eileen Soto's Calendar Jamie Smith's Calendar


Areas for consulting:

  • Writing and revising program or course learning outcomes
  • Designing and revising rubrics
  • Curriculum mapping
  • Assessment planning
  • Annual assessment reporting
  • ePortfolios
  • Regional and specialized accreditation matters
  • Writing surveys, analyzing survey data
  • Facilitating focus groups
  • Learning outcomes data analysis

Need help with something not listed here? Let us know, and we will do what we can to help or provide resources!


ePortfolio Collaborative

The purpose of the ePortfolio Collaborative is to give faculty members the opportunity to develop meaningful interactions with ePortfolios in an academic program with implications for student learning outcomes assessment, reflective practices and career preparation. Faculty participants in this program will serve as leaders for an ePortfolio initiative within their respective schools/departments.

The two-year collaborative is made up of representatives from each School. In year one, collaborative participants focus on the purpose and foundation for the use of ePortfolios in their area. Readings and discussions focus on ePortfolio benefits for students and faculty, particularly in the areas of reflective and integrative learning, career preparation and professional identity, and/or learning outcomes assessment practice. Collaborative participants will learn from peers within Biola who have already executed ePortfolios in their programs. Potential challenges are also discussed, and participants have the opportunity to strategize and idea share on how to address those potential barriers to success. By the end of the first year, participants are expected to create a purpose statement and detailed implementation plan represented in the form of an ePortfolio. During the second year participants are responsible to execute his or her implementation plan and have important conversations and education sessions with their department faculty and students in order to successfully implement ePortfolios in their programs.

*Note: The 2019 cohort is currently in session. If you are interested in joining the next cohort, please contact Eileen Soto.


Faculty Assessment Fellows

The goal of this in-depth, two-year program is to cultivate a culture of learning assessment that is focused on improvement. The purpose of this program is to develop a university-wide cadre of faculty members with deep commitments to outcomes assessment. Fellows serve as assessment leaders within their respective schools/departments. 

*Note: Faculty Assessment Fellows is currently on hold.


Workshops and Events

Below are some of the assessment workshops we host to assist faculty in the academic assessment process. See the calendar below for workshop offerings and details. To attend, click on the sign-up button, complete the form and submit.


  • Re-introducing Assessment: Connecting the "Why" with the "What"
    • What is program-level assessment all about? Why do we talk about continuous improvement and what does that look like? In this workshop, we will clarify how the Office of Educational Effectiveness partners with various academic departments (what we provide to and expect from departments), set reasonable expectations about what constitutes "meaningful improvement" (trends and tweaks) and explain the updated Annual PLO Assessment Report template.
  • exPLOring Student Learning: Writing and Revising Program Learning Outcomes
    • When students complete your program, what do you want them to have learned? Writing and revising Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs) allows your department to have shared language for describing and measuring student learning. In this workshop, we will explain what goes into a well-crafted PLO and suggest ways to collaboratively write and revise.
  • Putting your Expectations on Paper: Writing Rubrics that Communicate Clearly
    • You know what you're looking for in student work, but do your students know? In this workshop, we will identify different types of rubrics, discuss how different rubrics serve different purposes and provide real-time feedback to help you make your implicit knowledge of student learning explicit.


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