Assessing Student Learning in Higher Education
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Background and Rationale for Assessment
Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
Step 5: Select and Train Core leaders
(These should be from the steering team and may include other volunteer leaders. This training process will take from 6 months to a year and go through all sections of the training materials.)
Select and train the steering team – these people will serve as mentors and consultants. Invest in this process, emphasize one-on-one feedback and dialogue amongst the team. Take them to other campuses to observe and to share what they are doing.
Ø Use appropriate assessment training materials and methods that:
Ø Use and modify the training material provided at the website http://online.bakersfieldcollege.edu/courseassessment/
Ø *MODEL everything you want the participants to do
Ø *Make numerous resources and samples available from a wide variety of disciplines.
Ø *Make it fun, be candid and share your own failures and successes. When possible work with student artifacts.
Ø Emphasize dialogue at every meeting and in every aspect of the training. Encourage them to share both positive and negative feedback with each other - ingrain the need for dialogue
Ø If possible take these trainees to other campuses to observe and to share what they are doing.
Have this core of faculty write and revise SLOs and begin assessment practices in their courses. The steering team must have experience with classroom and program assessment to be effective. Allow time to implement and reflect on assessment.
Communicate the importance
of closing the loop on a single project or SLO versus trying to do
everything, and closing the loop on nothing.
Refer to the AAHE 9 Principles of Good Practice for Assessing Student Learning (1992)and Tom Angelo’s Guiding Principles for Assessing as if Learning Mattered Most.Use the criteria for good assessment training.
Resources and Links
*Several key features in this plan are a result of analyzing data and feedback from over 300 faculty and administrators attending SLO and Assessment workshop training. These essential features are marked with an asterisk and represent recurring concerns or statements from community faculty and administrators throughout California.