GEAR Training for Faculty

Feb. 2, 2015

Dear Faculty:

There are two important changes to the way you create assignments in GEAR this semester. 


1.      Rather than simply indicating the outcome/trait(s) to which your assignment aligns (as you have in the past), we also ask that you indicate the level (introductory, milestone, capstone, or advanced) to which the assignment has been written (and hence the level at which you expect student to perform).

2.      ]If you align your assignment to more than one outcome (e.g. inquiry-based thinking and communication fluency), we ask that you indicate the assignment’s primary outcome, i.e. the one that is the primary focus of the assignment.

Step-by-step directions for creating assignments in GEAR are available on the GEAR site (click “GEAR instructions for faculty) under the GEAR Faculty Menu.  I have also attached them for your convenience. 

For anyone new to the process, or for veteran faculty members who would like a refresher, I will hold five GEAR trainings this week.  The schedule is as follows: 




Wednesday, February 4

3:30 – 4:30 PM

Drinko 349

Thursday, February 5

3:30 – 4:30 PM

Drinko 349

Friday, February 6

8:30 – 9:30 AM

Drinko 349

10:00 – 11: AM

Drinko 349

3:30 – 4:30 PM

Drinko 349


If you are not able to attend a training this week and would like to schedule one later, please let me know that.  I am happy to try to accommodate with additional times.

 Please let me know if you have questions.

~ Mary Beth

Mary E. Reynolds, PhD, Associate Vice President

Assessment and Quality Initiatives

Marshall University

Huntington, WV 25755-2003