2018–2019 Walden University Student Handbook (September 2018) 
    Jan 19, 2021  
2018–2019 Walden University Student Handbook (September 2018) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

KAM Assessor Policies

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Members of the faculty serve as assessors for KAM demonstrations. Because the Learning Agreement (LA) acts as a contract between students and assessors, faculty assessors must review, evaluate, and approve the proposed research and learning objectives outlined in the Learning Agreement and provide students with appropriate guidance before they begin their research.

The following policies apply to assessor selection and assignment:

  • Faculty mentors serve as the assessor for the first KAM undertaken by students.
  • In programs with more than two KAMs, students are required to have a minimum of two different assessors for their Learning Agreements/KAMs, where possible.
  • The faculty mentor should assess no more than two of a single student’s Learning Agreements/KAMs.
  • Students are advised to consult with their faculty mentor, specialization coordinator, or other program leadership when choosing assessors for their KAMs.
  • KAMs V, VI, and VII require assessors affiliated with the student’s academic program. To have a faculty member from another program serve as an assessor, students must gain approval from their dean or the dean’s designee.
  • Exceptions to these policies are at the discretion of program leadership.

Learning Agreements and KAMs may be reviewed by the dean (or designee) of the relevant school, if appropriate.

When working with an assessor who is not the faculty mentor, the student submits all drafts and final documents to the assessor as e-mail attachments and also submits a copy of all documents to the faculty mentor through the “ACADEMIC PROGRESS SUBMISSIONS | CAPSTONE DRAFTS & ACTIVITIES” area of the Research Forum.

Selecting an Assessor

For the initial KAM demonstration, the faculty mentor serves as assessor. Students may choose KAM I, II, or III for their initial KAM demonstration. Specialization (KAMs V, VI, and VII) may also be completed in any order. For subsequent KAM demonstrations, students choose the assessor. When choosing subsequent assessors, students may want to consult their faculty mentor, the specialization coordinator, or other program leadership. These activities will assist students in choosing assessors appropriate for the particular KAM and topic.