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Haskayne students get suite of free online self-assessment tools

Students can learn about their ethics, procrastination habits and grit through new tool
February 2, 2017

How strongly do you agree with the following statements: “I do everything when I believe it needs to be done.” “My actions and words satisfy my short-term pleasures rather than my long-term goals.” “Any action is permissible if you have a good reason for it.”

Students at the Haskayne School of Business now have access to a newly created series of online self-assessment tools. By answering questions like these — which were drawn from assessments on procrastination, grit and ethical scale — users better understand themselves personally and professionally.

Since September, the Canadian Centre for Advanced Leadership in Business (CCAL) has offered access to students to a proprietary software owned by CCAL called Assessment Garden. Assessment Garden has 13 assessments that cover a variety of topics including personality, work goals, and ethical approach. People can become aware of who they are, and what strengths and challenges they have through completing assessments.

Students evaluate strengths and weaknesses

Simple to use, the assessments on D2L require the user to select the best multiple-choice response to a series of questions related to the topic under evaluation.

“Giving students the opportunity to grow in self-awareness allows them to evaluate their own strengths and weaknesses and become more aware of their characteristics,” says Jennifer Krahn, director of CCAL. “They can then set development goals and benchmark their progress as they grow in personal effectiveness and leadership capability. We are pleased to support the Assessment Garden, a site that provides diverse research validated self-assessments, so that students can have access to free, high-quality tools.”

Some notable assessments within Assessment Garden include Procrastination, GRIT – Passion and Perseverance, and the Ethical Approach Scale. The procrastination assessment allows individuals to understand the extent to which procrastination affects their life. It also provides scientifically proven tips to reduce procrastination in daily life.

The procrastination survey is based on the work of Haskayne’s Piers Steel, the Distinguished Research Chair for CCAL. The GRIT – Passion and Perseverance assessment helps individuals understand their drive, passion and perseverance toward achieving goals and is based on the work done by Angela Duckworth. The Ethical Approach Assessment is based on the research of Steel and CCAL Research Fellow David Dick. It allows users to gain a more sophisticated understanding of what matters to them about ethics, their own ethics, moral view and other people’s moral views.

Learning about yourself a practical first step to growth and development

Caroline Macdonald, a fourth-year human resources student, believes assessments are very valuable and encourages others to complete them.

“The assessments give me a chance to learn something new about myself, while at the same time being able to reflect back on my strengths and challenges that I already know about. While it may not tell me exactly how to make changes, the results I get give me a starting point,” says Macdonald.

The assessment have been implemented in various courses within the BComm and MBA degrees. Classes, such as Strategy and Global Management 217 and Human Resources 601, have assessments built in that provide students with an opportunity to learn about themselves to develop both personally and professionally.

Assessment Garden is part of the Haskayne Guided Path System which is available to all BComm and MBA students in Haskayne and is a leadership development tool. Students have access to Assessment Garden through D2L. 

“Leadership requires developing skills that focus on people and relationships,” says Norm Althouse, senior instructor. “To develop these skills, it is important that the students first identify their starting point (where they are now). This helps the students to recognize their challenges and the Guided Path helps them to choose the assessments so that they can develop more effective leadership attributes.” 

Fourth-year Haskayne student Caroline Macdonald says the assessment gave her a starting point to better understanding her own strengths and challenges.
Photo by Riley Brandt, University of Calgary