Assessing Student Learning in Higher Education

Section 1
 Introduction

Section 2
 
Background and Rationale for Assessment

Section 3
Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Section 4
 Assessment Tools and Data
 Quality Data
 Defining Terms
Assessment Tools
 Grades & Assessment
Primary Trait Analysis
 Rubrics
Selecting the Tools Part 2
Creating a Tool
Quiz
Your SLOs

Section 5
Course Assessment

Section 6
Program Assessment

 

Section 7
Closing the Loop
 

Section 8
Implementing Assessment Training on Campus

 

Section 9
References & Resources


Definitions

Workbook


Using Materials from this Website

Choosing the Right Assessment Tools - Part 2

Examples of various assessment tools are included in the table below. Quickly evaluate each type of assessment with regards to the type of data generated by the assessment and the pros and cons associated with the assessment. This exercise will stimulate some thought about the pros and cons of each assessment, and review your understanding of the types of data. Answers may vary depending upon your perspective and the way in which you construct the assessment. Download the table as a two page word document to work on by clicking here.

Assessment Tool Data
Direct
or Indirect
Domain
Cognitive,
Psychomotor,
or Affective
Formative
or Summative
Bloom's
Knowledge,
Comprehension,
Application or
Analysis/
Synthesis/Eval
   

Abbreviation

D or I

C, P or A

F or S

K, C, A, ASE

Pros

Cons

Multiple Choice Exam

 D

 C

 F & S

K, C

 easy to grade

objective

reduces assessment to multiple choice answers

Licensing Exams

 

 

 

 

 

 

Standardized Cognitive Tests

 

 

 

 

 

 

Checklists

 

 

 

 

 

 

Essay

 

 

 

 

 

 

Case Study

 

 

 

 

 

 

Problem Solving

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oral Speech

 

 

 

 

 

 

Debate

 

 

 

 

 

 

Product Creation & Special Reports

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flowchart or Diagram

 

 

 

 

 

 

Portfolios

 

 

 

 

 

 

Exit Surveys

 

 

 

 

 

 

Performance

 

 

 

 

 

 

Capstone project or course

 

 

 

 

 

 

Team Project

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reflective self- assessment essay

 

 

 

 

 

 

Satisfaction and Perception Surveys

 

 

 

 

 

 

   (Some of the choices are linked to sample assessments.)

Check possible answers to this table

Creating an assessment

 

Resources and Links

Assessment audit tool to check assessment practices in a course

Student learning assessment; Options and resources. MSACHE,2003

List of Existing  Assessment tests approved by the CCCCO  Chancellor's Office

Assessment Tools and Methods Summary CAI

 

Janet Fulks
Assessing Student Learning in Community Colleges (2004), Bakersfield College
jfulks@bakersfieldcollege.edu    
07/11/2006