Reporter#6- Technology and Assessment

Faculty, IT professionals, instructional designers, and others frequently mean different things when they refer to assessment. Some are discussing assessment of students’ knowledge, some are focused on assessment for the sake of program improvement, and others intend to assess the resource needs associated with implementing technology effectively on campus. Some are concerned about the demands of regional accreditation, while others must meet administrative needs. Some want to know how well students are learning in face-to-face compared to online courses. Because all of these issues are lumped under the term assessment, the national conversation about assessment can be confusing. Three explanations help clarify assessment:

• “Assessment is an ongoing process aimed at understanding and improving student learning. It involves making our expectations explicit and public; setting appropriate criteria and high standards for learning quality; systematically gathering, analyzing, and interpreting evidence to determine how well performance matches those expectations and standards; and using the resulting information to document, explain, and improve performance. When it is embedded effectively within larger institutional systems, assessment can help us to focus our collective attention, examine our assumptions, and create a shared academic culture dedicated to assuring and improving the quality of higher education.”

• “Assessment is the systematic collection, review, and use of information about educational programs undertaken for the purpose of improving student learning and development.”

• Assessment is a process that focuses on student learning, a process that involves reviewing and reflecting on student performance—what students can do—and focuses on curriculum and group performances in a planned, deliberate, and careful way.

Source: https://net.educause.edu/ir/library/pdf/ELI3005.pdf

For the teachers to become effective in assessing the output of the students, the link below will lead to the tools used for assessment :

http://tep.uoregon.edu/technology/assessment/assessment.html

Also, the URL below is a free tool to help teachers create quality rubrics:

http://rubistar.4teachers.org/index.php

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