Welcome to the Focusing on Assessment of Student Learning online modules. These integrated modules are designed to introduce core concepts and methods for implementing the assessment cycle to improve student learning. These modules build on the idea that the assessment cycle is integral for 1) individual and institutional improvement of learning and teaching, and 2) internal and external accountability for measuring and delivering quality educational programs based on clearly stated learning outcomes.
The modules are designed to build on each other, so we recommend that they be completed in order if taking the full course. The modules can also be taken as standalone units to meet your own individual or institutional needs.
- Module 1 introduces general “principles and purposes of assessment” including the ethical use of assessment for educational planning and continuous improvement, the cyclical process of assessment, and aligning course-level SLOs with teaching methods and program-level outcomes.
- Module 2 on “designing effective assessment” covers writing and identifying effective SLOs, differentiating types of assessment evidence to collect, designing appropriate assessment measurement tools and measures, and designing effective rubrics.
- Module 3 on “applying tools in differing contexts” teaches how to design and identify assessment devices for specific disciplinary, program and institutional contexts and how to achieve and demonstrate alignment using formal curriculum mapping techniques.
- Module 4 presents “using assessment data for continuous improvement” that teaches how to distinguish between the variable uses of assessment data that are fair, responsible, ethical and useful for improving student learning, as well as how to report assessment findings using oral and written channels, and evaluating the assessment process.
If you are taking part in UNCG’s and NC A&T’s PFF program, please click here for additional program instructions to proceed.
If you are an individual from another institution, proceed with the Assessment modules by clicking here.