Creating an Assessment ToolboxAmber Garrison DuncanDivision of Student AffairsUniversity of Oregon
Learning Outcomes Understand the role of learning outcomes in shaping student learning experiences Understand the learning outcomes formula Understand levels of Blooms taxonomy Participants will be able to recognize different types of assessment Participants will be able to describe different types of data collection Participants will be able to locate data collection tools for use in assessment
Learning Outcomes……are goals that describe how a student will be different because of a learning experience. More specifically, learning outcomes are the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and habits of mind that students take with them from a learning experience. (Suskie, 2009).
Brainstorm What do you want the student to be able to know or do as a result of participation? What knowledge, skill or ability should the ideal participant demonstrate?
Learning Outcome FormulaAs a result of Student will be able toAs a result of participantswill be able to
As a result of this program, student will… Bad Outcome Statement Be able to have confidence in their abilities, realize Student Affairs can benefit their learning process and enroll in three programs. Better Outcome Statement Demonstrate critical thinking skills as it relates to social issues Best Outcome Statement Demonstrate the ability to analyze and respond to arguments about racial discrimination
Tips Limit yourself to 3-6 outcome statements Be SMART Specific- focused on a specific learning area Measurable- you can collect data to measure Attainable- the outcome is attainable given the student learning level and program Results- program is aligned with department and division learning domains Tailored- outcome is specific to the program
Let’s TryPick one of your responsibilities and write outcomes statements.
What do you need to know? Types of Assessment Tracking – monitoring who uses our programs, services and facilities (e.g. raw numbers, frequency, age, class standing, gender, race, residence, etc). Needs Assessment – identifying needs of our students and clientele (e.g. student perceived, research supported, and institutionally expected). Satisfaction Assessment – measuring the level of student and clientele satisfaction with our programs, services, and facilities. Student Cultures and Campus Environments Assessment – assessing the collective perception of campus and student experience (e.g. campus climate, academic environment, residential quality of life).
Types of Assessment Outcomes Assessment – measuring the impact our services, programs and facilities have on students’ learning, development, and student success. Comparable Institution Assessment – identifying how the quality of our programs, services and facilities compare with peer institutions’ best practices. National Standards Assessment – using nationally accepted standards to assess our programs and services (e.g. national assessment inventory– EBI, CAS standard self-assessment, departmental review by consulting group). Cost Effectiveness Assessment – determining whether the programs, services and facilities we offer to students are worth the cost.
Creating an Assessment Toolbox Assessing can include a variety of data collection methods and it’s important to know when to use each What are tools you have in your toolbox? Obtrusive Surveys Rubrics Focus groups and interviews Student produced work (reflections, oral/written presentations) Unobtrusive Banner or Database Systems Observations Document analysis
Exploring New Tools Student Voice Student Affairs Assessment Website
Let’s Try!For the outcomes you just wrote, what type of assessment wouldyou use to measure the impact of your program?