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Arts and Sciences Learning Objectives

Drama & Dance

  1. List of Learning Outcomes for Dance Courses
    The Dance Minor* aims for the following competencies found to different extents or combinations in individual courses. Learning outcomes appeared on some syllabi during 2009-2010. There should be full compliance by Fall 2010. Learning outcomes are posted above the dance course descriptions on the Dance Program webpages.
    • expanded movement choices and increased physical skills
      compositional techniques and (or) creative work/improvisation
    • increased visual literacy and understanding of historical/cultural context
    • problem-solving skills
    • collaboration
    • exposure to non-western and multi-cultural forms
    • critical thinking/reasoning and (or) reflective practices
    • independent work

  2. Assessment Options for Demonstrating Learning Outcomes (Minor and
    Individual Courses)

    Note that the dance curriculum is composed of the following course types:
    1. half-credit studio courses: mostly applied work with academic elements that
      make up roughly 30% of the total grade
    2. full-credit hybrid courses: studio work plus a full workload of traditional
      academic assignments
    3. full-credit lecture course: full workload of traditional academic assignments

*Outcome 1: expanded movement choices and increased physical skills
Assessment options:

  • observations of active work over time (video may be an aid)
  • planned showings or skills tests of applied work in class time
  • performances in events

Outcome 2: compositional techniques and (or) creative work/improvisation
Assessment options:

  • showings of creative assignments in class
  • applications of skills to new creative problems presented in class
  • observations of creative work over time
  • performances in events

**Outcome 3: increased visual literacy and understanding of historical/cultural context
Assessment options:

  • class discussion
  • written assignments
  • class presentations

Outcome 4: problem-solving skills
Assessment options:

  • evaluating the application of course skills to different sets of creative parameters over time (expectation of increasing complexity and novelty)

Outcome 5: collaboration
Assessment options:

  • evaluation of the success of duo and group interaction in problem solving
    (sharing leadership, facilitation, and support roles in the shaping of ideas)

Outcome 6: experience with non-western and multi-cultural forms
Assessment options:

  • * and **-same as above with a different set of skills

Outcome 7: critical thinking/reasoning and (or) reflective practices
Assessment options:

  • class discussion
  • writing assignments, including substantive papers

Outcome 8: independent work
Assessment options:

III. Other Notes

  1. Context of the Dance Curriculum in the Department
    Dance entered the Department as a Program with a Director, faculty, dance budget, and curriculum by vote of the Trustees in 1983. In addition, it had its own studio/performance space, staff support, and offices. The Department's current name was also approved at that time. The change linked Dance to the arts without the formation of another Tufts department, which was important to the Administration and agreeable to the dance faculty then. The combined department faculty of the time voted to maintain intradepartmental separation. In November 2007, the Dean, Chair and Director of Dance formalized guidelines for the administration of Dance within the Department that are in use now. Dance and Drama have had separate curricular programs and course designations since dance joined the department. Dance offers a minor, not a major. The new capstone list for the minor is below.
  2. Capstone Choices for the Minor
    1. Dance 192: Senior Project by approval
    2. Dance 91 or 92: approved independent studies
    3. a 5th course of choice plus zero credit capstone experience: mini-faculty seminar,
      five to ten page paper on learning from the minor; special performance opportunities
      offered and approved by the faculty; community outreach projects
  3. Process of Determining Learning Outcomes for Dance
    Trexler was on the Ad Hoc Committee on Educational Outcomes established by Dean Bob Sternberg (F07-F08). Concurrent with that service on this committee, she oversaw the establishing of learning outcomes for dance courses with the Dance Faculty. These phases were reported to Barbara Grossman on 2/19/10.

    Review of Phases:
    • meetings with dance faculty and collection of information on all courses, including
      Locke's and Hayden's in F07
    • brief reports of our progress in department faculty meetings in F07-S08
    • meeting with Grossman and submission to her of a report on the above 12/07
    • development of final report and summary version of the report (copied to Grossman)
    • meeting on behalf of dance with a sub-committee on outcomes chaired by Harry Bernheim (5/08) in which the report mentioned above was submitted to Grossman and also to Bob Sternberg's Ad Hoc Committee on Educational Outcomes
  4. List of Other Documents Available
    • Alignment of Dance Courses with the S08 Assessment Committee's Core
      Competencies List
    • Dance Program Self-study in Fall 2007: Skills and Traditional Academic Elements of
      All Dance Courses and How Assessed
    • Versions of Reports Sent to the Ad Hoc Educational Outcomes Committee

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