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strategies from the assessment trenches a self help clinic presented by aura
Strategies from the Assessment Trenches: A Self-Help Clinicpresented by AURA

2005 CELT Conference

topics format
Topics & Format
  • Topics
  • Program Mission, Goals & SLO Statements
  • Course Alignment Matrix
  • Developing & Implementing an Assessment Plan
  • Format
  • We introduce the topic.
  • Groups discuss progress & problems.
  • Debrief & share strategies.

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your program mission goals student learning outcome statements
Your Program Mission, Goals & Student Learning Outcome Statements

Mission: a holistic view of the values and philosophy of the department/program

Goals: general statements about knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values expected of graduates

SLOs: clear, concise statements that describe how students can demonstrate their mastery of program goals

Courtesy of Dr. Mary Allen

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group assignment slos
Group Assignment - SLOs
  • Share your program’s SLOs.
  • What challenges did you face in crafting your SLOs?
  • How did you overcome the challenges? What lingering concerns remain?
  • Prepare to report on a few key ideas, problems, or strategies.

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the outcomes course alignment matrix
The Outcomes/Course Alignment Matrix

Stage 1 – Ensuring a Cohesive Curriculum

In which courses are which outcomes introduced, practiced, mastered?

Stage 2 – Developing an Assessment Plan

What student artifacts can be used to measure progress?

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group assignment the matrix
Group Assignment – The Matrix
  • Create a draft of your program’s Outcomes/Course Alignment Matrix.
  • If your program has a (draft) matrix, share it.
  • Prepare to report on a few key ideas, problems, or strategies.

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developing implementing an assessment plan
Developing/Implementing an Assessment Plan

An assessment plan should be meaningful, manageable, and sustainable.

For each SLO, ask:

  • How and where will the SLO be assessed?
  • How will you collect, organize, and analyze the data?
  • When and how often will this be done? By whom?
  • Who will reflect on the results?
  • What will ensure that results are used to implement program changes to improve student learning?

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elements of an effective assessment plan
Elements of An Effective Assessment Plan

What are the building blocks needed ?

  • Program Mission
  • Goals
  • Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
  • Course Alignment Matrices
  • Plan to Assess Individual SLOs … such as …

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assessment of slos
Assessment of SLOs
  • Direct Assessment Methods:
    • Published Tests
    • Local Exams
    • Embedded Assignments & Activities
    • Portfolios
  • Indirect Assessment Methods:
    • Surveys
    • Interviews
    • Focus Groups

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Assessment of SLOs
  • Direct Assessment Methods are Essential:
    • Examine Student Work …
  • Indirect Assessment Methods are Supportive:
    • Examine Student / Alumni Perceptions …
  • Effective Assessment Programs Use Multiple Measures … Triangulate

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measurement using rubrics
Measurement Using Rubrics
  • What is a rubric?
    • “Explicit schemes for classifying products or behaviors into categories that vary along a continuum” Mary Allen, WACS/AAHE workshop, Sept. 2004
    • Holistic (along one dimension)
    • Analytic = traits or characteristics of the product or behavior
    • Similar to grading criteria sheets that some faculty use

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steps to develop a rubric
Steps To Develop a Rubric
  • Define the SLO and pick the work sample
  • Involve the potential evaluators, faculty who assign the student work, external stakeholders, (if possible)
  • Brainstorm the traits or characteristics of the goal that you want to measure
    • Specific traits lead to actionable results
  • Determine the number of discrete categories that you want to have (generally 3-6)
  • Brainstorm the descriptions of each category for each trait
  • Refine the traits/descriptions avoid “and” clauses

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the next steps
The Next Steps

To collect, organize, and analyze the data …

  • When and how often will this be done?
  • By whom?
  • Who will reflect on the results?
  • How will they measure success?
  • What will ensure that results are used to implement program changes to improve student learning?

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a caution
A Caution:

Assessment Plans in Early Stages are Good at Collecting Data … but Lack a Plan for How to:

  • Organize, Summarize the Data
  • Systematically Reflect on Results
  • Ensure that Results are used to Effect Change and Improve Student Learning
  • Effective Assessment Programs are Both Manageable and Sustainable

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evaluation and use of data for continuous improvement
Evaluation and Use of Data for Continuous Improvement
  • Assessment Data Must be Evaluated Systematically, Periodically
    • Recommend Annual Collection / Assessment / Action Plan
  • Modify Curriculum and Pedagogy to Improve Student Learning …
    • Typical Actions:
      • Modify Content, Sequencing of Course(s)
      • Modify Pedagogical Approaches

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Evaluation and Use of Data for Continuous Improvement
  • The Entire Process (Goals, Outcomes, Assessment Measures) Must be Evaluated Periodically
    • Recommend Five Year Re-evaluation to synchronize with FYR process:
      • Are we measuring reasonable work samples?
      • Is our process meaningful? Are we better informed about what our students are learning or not?
      • Is our process sustainable? Can we be more efficient and still have valid measures?

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the assessment plan design process
The Assessment Plan Design Process
  • Wherever you begin developing your Assessment Program will NOT be the ideal place to start …
  • You Must Begin Somewhere …
  • Iteration will save you ...
    • Continuous Refinement of Methods
    • Consensus and Team Building
    • Alignment of Program Resources with Program Goals and Faculty Values …

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group assignment assessment planning
Group Assignment – Assessment Planning
  • Share your program’s SLO assessment plan:
    • What SLO(s) do you plan to assess this year?
    • How do you plan to assess it?
    • What is the biggest hurdle you face in the assessment process?
  • Prepare to report on a few key ideas, problems, or strategies.

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aura s advice
AURA’s Advice
  • Don’t get trapped in a quest for the perfect assessment plan. Try something!
  • Do involve the faculty.
  • Don’t forget to use your results.
  • Do plan to repeat the process.
  • Don’t hesitate to ask for help.
  • KISS

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