Office of Academic Assessment

 

STRATEGIES FOR MEASURING STUDENT LEARNING

 

The links below will provide you with a variety of methods for assessing student learning.  While you will see some ideas repeated across the links, each will provide a slightly different frramework for thinking about what you want to assess and how you might do so.  

 

Selecting and Implementing Assessment Methods

http://www.academicprograms.calpoly.edu/assessment/assessplanguide.htm#selecting

 

From the Learning Outcomes Assessment Planning Guide from California Polytechnic Institute.  Provides a list of methods with brief descriptions of each.

 

Assessment Instruments and Methods Available To Assess Student Learning In the Major

http://www.provost.wisc.edu/assessment/manual/manual2.html 

 

Divides assessment strategies into direct and indirect measures and provides a description of each.  From the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

 

Assessment Techniques and Activities

http://www.montana.edu/wwwprov/assessment/Techniques.html

 

Twenty-four assorted tips and ideas for assessing student learning. From Montana State University.

 

Program Outcomes Assessment Methods
http://uat.okstate.edu/assessment/assessment_at_osu/outcomes/methods.html

 

Lists direct and indirect assessment methods separately, with brief descriptions for each.  From Oklahoma State University.


Assessing Outcomes
http://www.tamu.edu/marshome/assess/HTMLfiles/Outcomes.html

 

Chapter 4 of the Texas A & M Assessment ManualProvides examples of formative and summative assessment strategies. 

Assessment Workbook

http://web.bsu.edu/IRAA/AA/WB/contents.htm

 

Chapters III-VII of this workbook from Ball State provide a variety of methods for assessing student learning.

 

Authentic Assessment Toolbox
http://jonathan.mueller.faculty.noctrl.edu/toolbox/

Explains how and why to create strategies for authentic assessment (“A form of assessment in which students are asked to perform real-world tasks that demonstrate meaningful application of essential knowledge and skills”-- Jon Mueller)

 

Assessment Methods: A Close-Up Look

http://www.apsanet.org/imgtest/Methodscloseup2.doc

 

This document by Barbara D. Wright, Assessment Director at Eastern Connecticut State University, suggests advantages and disadvantages for a variety of assessment strategies.

 

Evaluating Assessment Strategies

http://www.apa.org/ed/governance/bea/assessment-cyberguide-v2.pdf

 

This resource from APA Online offers advantages, disadvantages, and recommendations for a variety of assessment techniques (pp. 14 ff) as well as other useful information on assessment..