Outcomes Assessment What do you want students to be able to know and do when they complete: A course? A course sequence? An internship experience? A major/professional program?
Today is Theory into Action, But for Some Great Resources… www.towson.edu/assessment
Assessment is … The systematic gathering and analyzing of information (excluding course grades) to INFORM and IMPROVE student learning or programs of student learning in light or goal-oriented expectations.
Good Assessment Begins in the Classroom because: 1. Classroom assessment measures “what matters most”! 2. Classroom assessment provides opportunities for “multiple measures”!
Good Assessment Begins in the Classroom because: 3. Classroom assessment engages students when they are highly motivated. 4. Classroom assessment has the highest potential for “closing the loop”! Measuring what matters most What do you want all students to be able to know and do when they complete: Your course? An academic major? A undergraduate degree? An advanced degree or certificate?
Outcomes Assessments may be… Cognitive- pertaining to mental processing
Outcomes Assessments may be… Affective- relating to attitudes, feelings, and values
Outcomes Assessments may be… Psychomotor- relating to physical performance of skills
What DIRECT or INDIRECT Evidence of Student Learning do you already Collect?
Course-embedded Assessment Strategies RUBRIC SCORING TEST BLUEPRINTING SKILLS TESTS POSTERS, POWER POINTS, or PORTFOLIOS with RUBRICS
Gen Ed or Core Curriculum Assessment Challenge…
Student demonstrates the ability to reason quantitatively in a scientific context: Score Performance# Students 4 At a proficient level (80% or more success) 4 of 45 3 At a Gen Ed adequate (passing) level 14 of 45 2 With some competency, but not 60% level 26 of 45 1 Lacks any evidence of quantitative reasoning 1 of 45
Give a 5 minute lecture. Ask students to write a 5 minute summary in class. Hand out your summary. Ask students to write HOW and WHY theirs was different outside of class. Staple HOW/WHY to top of their summary and turn in.
Copy a graphic; ask students to explain what they learned from it.