Steps in the Assessment Process
1. Development of the Learning Outcomes
- Specify what you want students to learn.
- Handout: How to Create Learning Outcomes [pdf]
2. Check for alignment between the course/curriculum and the outcomes.
- You need to ensure students are presented with adequate learning opportunities and feedback to achieve the desired outcomes.
3. Develop your assessment plan.
- A document that outlines what empirical data will be collected, by whom, the assessment of each learning outcome (typically in a multi-year cycle); the process for reviewing the data, policies and procedures to guide discussion and feedback of the results; and the process for modifying the course, program or curriculum to improve student learning. See the Hartwick's College-Wide Assessment Plan for reference.
4. Collect assessment data
- There are a variety of strategies for collecting assessment data.
5. Use the results to improve the course, program or curriculum (Feedback Loop)
- If assessment indicates you are achieving your learning outcomes, celebrate.
- If assessment indicates student learning is not occurring the ways or to the extent you have established in your learning outcome(s), based on the results, modification should be made. Modifications typically occur in one or more of the following four areas:
- Curricular changes § Pedagogical changes
- Changes in faculty support to achieve the student learning outcomes (e.g. faculty development
- Changes in student supports to achieve the learning outcomes (e.g. remediation)
6. Routinely examine your assessment process to determine:
- How can we do it better in the future? o What have we learned about the process?
- How can we better share and integrate the use of our results?