UEval: Bringing Community-Based Experiential Learning to the Evaluation Classroom

  • Rebecca Jayne Gokiert University of Alberta
  • Jason Daniels University of Alberta
  • Jasmine Brazil
  • Sheilah Pittman
  • Cheryl Poth
  • Ana Karbabian
  • David Peacock
  • Jane Springett
  • Andrea Diamond
  • Ken Cor
  • Deanna Williamson
  • Christina Popescu
  • Emma Wallace
  • Chelsea Freeborn
  • Mischa Taylor
  • Shelly Jun
Keywords: evaluation education, evaluation capacity building

Abstract

This practice note describes the unique features of, and lessons learned from UEval, an innovative one-week ‘evaluation institute’ at the Faculty of Extension, University of Alberta. This initiative responds to an identified community and university need to provide contextual and socially relevant evaluation-focused educational opportunities to learners across disciplines and sectors. UEval is a guided by principles of participatory and experiential learning, and brings together undergraduates, graduates and community professionals as co-learners, for a mutually beneficial and sustainable educational experience. During the week, learners explore and apply evaluation theory through project-based curricula, and develop evaluative responses to community-informed issues.

Author Biography

Rebecca Jayne Gokiert, University of Alberta

Rebecca Gokiert, PhD, R.Psych is an Associate Professor and Assistant Director, Community-University Partnership (CUP), Faculty of Extension at the University of Alberta. She is a registered psychologist in the province of Alberta. 

Published
2021-03-22
Section
Special Issue - Teaching Evaluation