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How to Assess

Once you have . . .
• Articulated the SLO,
• Designed the teaching and learning activities that provide the student a way to learn/ practice the SLO,
• Now it is time to build an assessment and feedback process based on 1) the SLO and 2) the teaching and learning activity

Choosing the Right Methods

Available Methods of Assessment

• Curriculum or course performance-based (outcomes not grades)
• Content analysis
• Standardized exams
• Locally-developed exams
• Juried competitions
• National surveys
• Locally-developed surveys (institution/ department/ program)

Selecting the Right Methods

• Assessment results should be useful for improving the degree program
• Results should be easily interpreted and unambiguous
• Data should not be difficult to collect or access
• Information should be directly controllable by the program
• Methods should assess both the strengths and weaknesses of your program

Effective Assessment

• Provide an “objective” means of quantifying SLOs
• Indicate how you will measure the outcome
– Direct measures quantify the competence of students (exam scores, rated portfolios)
– Indirect measures quantify the perceived learning (student self perception of learning i.e. self-assessment)
• Indicate when you will measure each outcome

Use MATURE Assessment

Identify MATURE Measures/Methods
– Directly related to the outcome it is trying to measure
Appropriate methods
– Uses appropriate direct and indirect methods
– Indicates desired level of performance
– Helps to identify what to improve
– Based on tested, known methods (if available)
Effective and Efficient
– Both characterize the outcome