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Assessing Student Learning Outcomes Presented by Jan Connal, PhD March 25, 2011. An RP Group initiative funded by the Hewlett Foundation Fall 2010. Introduction. My focus today: Share SLO assessment strategies and models for instructional courses and programs

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Assessing student learning outcomes presented by jan connal phd march 25 2011

Assessing Student Learning Outcomes

Presented by Jan Connal, PhD

March 25, 2011

An RP Group initiative funded by the Hewlett Foundation

Fall 2010


Introduction

Introduction

My focus today:

Share SLO assessment strategies and models for instructional courses and programs

Generate ideas about embedding assessment into our regular practices

Prompt reflection about where you are and where you can go with your Instructional SLO assessment activities


Description

Description

Why do we Assess?

What are the major overarching principles?

  • To implement strategies that respond to diverse needs.

  • To improve effectiveness by:

    • Measuring how and what students learn,

    • Developing new and varied educational experiences, and

    • Revealing students mastery.

  • Promotes collaboration

  • Is dynamic and continuous

  • Ensures quality education

  • Focuses on learning; how, what and how well students learn

  • Is integrated into our daily teaching and planning

Pg. 6 – Description


Background questions facing colleges

Background: Questions Facing Colleges

Are students acquiring needed skills and values?

  • Can students apply information to real world applications?

Pg. 7– Background


Six building blocks to assessment

Six Building Blocks to Assessment

Pg. 10– Six Building Blocks


Research and align slos

Research and Align SLOs

  • Building Block #1

Pg. 11– Building Blocks


Define measurable slos

Define Measurable SLOs

  • Can be observed and measured

  • Address knowledge, skills or attitudes as they relate to:

    • Cognitive Domain: Critical thinking

    • Behavioral Domain: Concrete actions

    • Affective Domain: Feelings and attitudes

  • Represent the overarching outcomes of a course, program, degree or certificate

  • Are larger and more encompassing than objectives

    • Building Block #2

    Pg. 12– Building Blocks


    Questions in the slo process

    Questions in the SLO Process

    • Building Block #2

    Pg. 12– Building Blocks


    Define and conduct assessment

    Define and Conduct Assessment

    • Assessment is a process that generates continual flow of evidence to demonstrate learning and to suggest areas for improvement.

    • Data must be manageable and directly tied to decision-making.

    • Evidence can be:

      • Quantitative: capable of numerical manipulation and analysis

      • Qualitative: performance or observational based experience

    • Embedded assessment are those that are built into curricular or program activities.

    • Building Block #3

    Pg. 13– Building Blocks


    Analyze the results

    Analyze the Results

    Types of student performance from assessments

    • Building Block #4

    Sets baseline levels of performance so that retest can be done after an intervention has been implemented.

    Measures student attainment against a set of criteria

    Pg. 14– Building Blocks


    Report the results

    Report the Results

    • Building Block #5

    Pg. 15– Building Blocks


    Improved practice

    Improved Practice

    • Ultimate goal of assessment:

      • Continued quality improvement

      • Positive changes in teaching and learning

    • When examining improvements consider:

      • Modifying instruction

      • Improving student feedback

      • Changing programmatic structure

      • Integrating outcome results into program review

      • Linking results to inform integrated planning and resource allocation

    • Building Block #6

    Pg. 16– Building Blocks


    Assessing student learning outcomes presented by jan connal phd march 25 2011

    Find Out More!

    RP Group Website

    www.rpgroup.org

    BRIC

    http://www.rpgroup.org/projects/BRIC.html

    Rob Johnstone, BRIC Project Director

    [email protected]

    Kathy Booth, RP Group Executive Director

    [email protected]

    Priya Chaplot, BRIC Project Coordinator

    [email protected]


    Assessing student learning outcomes presented by jan connal phd march 25 2011

    BRIC TAP Inquiry Guide Series

    Assessing Student Learning Outcomes

    Assessing Strategic Intervention Points in Student Services

    Assessing Institutional Effectiveness

    Assessing Basic Skills Outcomes

    Maximizing the Program Review Process

    Turning Data into Meaningful Action

    A Model for Building Information Capacity and Promoting a Culture of Inquiry

    Research and Assessment for Non-credit Institutions

    http://www.rpgroup.org/content/BRIC-inquiry-guides


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