Resources for Learning Outcomes Assessment Team
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Assessment Analysis Resources
The A-Team is currently working through a progressive brown bag series to prepare their assessment data for analysis.
- Download From Forms to Spreadsheets: Our first discussion reviews best practices for preparing & organizing paper forms or surveys, assigning case ID numbers, naming variables, and assigning codes to categorical data, including dummy codes.
Assessment Reporting Resources
The A-Team is preparing to report their Fall 2013- Spring 2014 progress in Learning Outcomes Assessment. Find our notes on the format for the Assessment Report - specifically, how to align your Mission Statement and Outcomes & turn your Methodology in to a narrative your colleagues can replicate.
Assessment Plan Resources
Learning outcomes assessment focuses on measuring the change in student Attitudes, Skills, or Knowledge (ASK) expected to take place as a result of interaction with service professionals or participation in a program or event. Classroom assessment techniques (Cross & Angelo, 1988) are a good way to directly observe such learning took place. Likewise, Bloom's taxonomy of learning is a popular conceptual resource for signaling the depth of learning expected to take place.
In August 2013, program professionals at Nevada shared their plans for learning outcomes assessment during the annual professional development day & retreat. Check out the resources the Learning Outcomes Assessment Team (A-TEAM) compiled as they prepared their assessment plans.
Common Missteps in Assessment
Assessment at Nevada is approached as an opportunity to learn about program impact and program improvement, as well as an opportunity to improve our approach to assessment. Many of our professionals are new to assessment, but even seasoned professionals make mistakes and forget the underlying purpose is to improve student learning. Follow the link to review 10 common missteps in assessment that both new and expert assessment practitioners need to review frequently and critically.