Visualizing the Uniqueness, and Conformity, of Libraries
The same graph also shows that while traditional research essays continue to be assigned (70 courses), other sorts of writing assignments surpass them: document studies (24), book reviews (26), alternative assignments ( 25). Also, many essays are graded in stages, in which the professors examine proposals, outlines and bibliographies for students before the final writing process begins. If visualizations from previous reviews were available the reviewer of this history department could very quickly identify trends, comment on them, and ask pertinent questions.
The Network Diagram shows that this history department has a balance between traditional assessment methods shared by the majority of faculty (represented by large circles at the centre of the diagram) and a diversity of innovative methods (represented by the smaller circles at the periphery). Again, if reviewers could see a similar diagram from 2005, an evolution could be identified and an explanation sought.