Terms

Assessment

Assessment is the systematic and ongoing method of gathering, analyzing and using information from measured outcomes to improve student learning (http://oeas.ucf.edu/doc/acad_assess_handbook.pdf)

Assessment Plan

A document that states a program’s purpose, 5-7 intended student learning outcomes of that program, and details a series of assessment procedures and the criteria by which the level of achievement will be demonstrated.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLO’s)

Student outcomes are succinct statements that describe what students are expected to know and be able to do by the time of graduation. These outcomes relate to skills, knowledge and behaviors that students acquire as they progress through the program. (From ABET: (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology)http://www.abet.org/DisplayTemplates/Detail.aspx?id=1556)

 Another example from the University of Rhode Island http://www.uri.edu/assessment/media/public/page_files/uri/outcomes/student/outcomes/outcomes_tools/Handout_Student_Learning_Outcomes_101__8_7_06.pdf

Digital Measures

This database will house all your assessment data. You will log on through MyUCA and upload your plans, rubrics, and input your data collection for your program assessments. More information will be posted here as well as detailed instructions in the future (when we begin using it for this purpose).

Direct Measures

Assessments based on an analysis of student behaviors or products in which they demonstrate how well they have mastered learning outcomes. “Directly evaluates student work. Examples of direct measures include exams, papers, projects, computer programs, interactions with a client.”-Walvoord (2004) p. 13 (See examples of Direct Measures under Step 3 in this handbook.)

Indirect Measures

Assessments based on an analysis of reported perceptions about student mastery of learning outcomes. “Student (or others) perceptions of how well students have achieved an objective.” -Allen (2004) p. 169. (See examples of Indirect Measures under Step 3 in this handbook.)