Your academic journey is unique, but with common challenges. For Scott Franson, a faculty member in the Art Department, his "aha" moment came by watching a lynda.com video about D2L. It wasn't the information about D2L that struck him as significant, it was the way that the video presented a new perspective about creating learning activities for students. The idea of having a goal for what students would be able to know and do and then planning activities from there (link) was inspiring and helped simplify his teaching and administrative life.
The next challenge Scott had was ensuring that online instructors were grading in ways that he assumed was self-evident for an art class. He quickly realized that he needed some sort of standard to communicate the purposes of the assignment the online instructor was grading. He met with a team of faculty members from the Art Department and agreed upon a rubric. At first, he looked for examples of rubrics from others and then adapted this back to their course (click here to learn more about rubrics). Now the rigor of grading has increased and the purpose of the rubric to help students improve has been accomplished. Scott's personal academic journey is what outcomes and assessment is all about, helping improve the learning quality and experience for students. The following videos introduce you to the external realities of outcomes and assessment. Keep in mind the spirit of outcomes and assessment is inspired inquiry, innovation, and improvement (click here for assessmentcommons.org).
Our work in outcomes and assessment can be thought of as a four-step process.
- Articulate learning outcomes
- Design assessments
- Plan learning experiences
- Collect and analyze for continuous improvement
There are links in the menu on the left for each of the four steps. If you just need an overview of the process, a quick look at the four steps may be all you need. If you have responsibility for outcomes and assessment in a program, department, or college, you may want to dig into the sub-links for Step 1 and Step 2.