Introduction to Effective Assessment Practices
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What your colleagues are saying:
"I loved the live interaction among the instructors and course participants."
"I most liked having a ready-to-implement Assessment Plan at the end of the course."
"I developed confidence in my ability to work with faculty members on their assessment plans. I now have a list of useful resources, talking points, and approaches for talking about assessment and working with faculty, and I gained experience revising an assessment plan from start to finish."
Course Audience: Professionals who are new to the assessment field and have been tasked with helping faculty and staff to:
- develop student learning outcomes
- create appropriate measures
- define tangible benchmarks
- analyze data to yield meaningful information
- determine actions for improvement
Prior knowledge of assessment theory and practices is not required.
Course Description: This course provides an overview of assessment principles and practices in contemporary higher education. The course promotes a general understanding of academic assessment, specifically the assessment of student learning outcomes. An emphasis is placed on using assessment as a tool that clearly leads to improvement of student learning. Topics include the history and context of assessment in higher education, issues related to accountability and continuous improvement, assessment of student learning outcomes, effective tools for authentic assessment, and emerging trends in assessment and accountability. Importantly, this course prepares current and future assessment professionals to design and implement successful assessment practices that enhance teaching and learning.
- To provide an overview and context for assessment in contemporary higher education
- To investigate emerging issues in assessment and accountability in higher education
- To examine effective assessment strategies based on research and best practices
- To demonstrate the importance of the link between assessment and the improvement of student learning
Participant Learning Outcomes: Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to
- Explain the role of assessment in improving student learning
- Learn and apply theory and principles of assessment
- Apply useful assessment strategies and practices
- Demonstrate the relevance of assessment data to faculty and other stakeholders
- A very thorough overview of assessment in higher education with an emphasis on using assessment to improve teaching and learning
- An opportunity to become part of a community of assessment specialists during the course and into the future
- An article publication in the course proceedings
- A Weave-Certified Assessment Specialist certificate
- A Weave-Certified Assessment Specialist logo for your email signature line
Dr. Tisha Paredes
Assistant Vice President,
Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Assessment
Old Dominion University
Dr. Ray E. Van Dyke
Senior Vice President, Weave
Executive Director and Founder
Textbook and Course Materials: Note: Students must acquire these materials prior to the first class.
- Banta, T. W., and Palomba, C.A. Assessment Essentials. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2014.
- Suskie, L (2018). Assessing Student Learning: A Common Sense Guide, 3rd Edition. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
- And other readings as assigned
Course Structure: This course is made up of six live sessions that will take place every Thursday from 1 -3 p.m. ET starting May 30th, 2019, and ending on July 11th, 2019 (no class on July 4th). These sessions will be delivered entirely online through the Thinkific course management system. Within the system, participants will access weekly sessions, small group sessions, course materials, and resources. Activities will include chat, discussion forums, email, and journaling. Participants should expect to spend approximately five hours per week on assignments outside class time.
Certification Requirements: In order to complete this course and receive the certificate, students are expected to
- Attend all sessions and activities; it is essential to fully engage with this community of learners. Students are expected to be present and on time for each of the sessions.
- Have completed all assignments at the required time. The learning that takes place in each session is dependent upon students actively engaging in intellectual dialogue which will based on the readings and assignments.
- Engage actively in class discussions and activities. Being fully involved in the discussions includes active engagement, thoughtful listening, courteous debate, and considered comments.