Evaluation of any program is a key component of success. The WoW program developed assessment instruments and defined goal-setting to provide feedback to WoW trainees during the program, with the help of Educational Psychology graduate students supervised by Dr. Sandra Mathison, UBC Faculty of Education.
Evaluation tools included:
- Mentoring logs
- Interim evaluation reports
- Social Network Analysis (SNA)
Social Network Analysis (SNA) was used in the WoW program to review the interactions between trainees, post-doctoral fellows, faculty and other researchers. The WoW project focuses on creating networks with UBC’s life sciences labs and across institutions in other countries, including Japan, France, US and Sweden to better prepare the trainees for a range of careers in science. The evaluation focused on teaching and learning in a networked environment and was based on monthly meeting observations, individual and group interviews, social network analysis (SNA) and mentoring logs.
Presentations and Conferences by Educational Psychology graduate students
Education Students attended the following conferences to present papers and posters:
2011 December: Washington Educational Research Association (WERA) conference (oral presentation)
The Effects of Co-Supervision and Lab Placement on Social Networks in a Graduate Biology Program
2011 November: American Evaluation Association (AEA) conference (poster presentation)
Increasing the Reference-Making Capacity of SNA Metrics: Incorporation of Logistic Regression Modeling and Other innovative Methods
2010 November: American Evaluation Association (AEA) conference (poster presentation)
Technology Enabled Evaluation – Advantages and Disadvantages