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Assessment & Evaluation

Resources for both assessment of student learning and course quality.

Assessment and Evaluation of Students and Learners

This is an index of best finds that highlight the various aspects of assessment of student learning in higher education courses. Emphasis has been placed on resources that provide information about assessment practices for teaching in an online environment.

Philosophy of Assessment
Comprehensive Handbooks
Learning Goals & Objectives

Rubrics are one way of establishing criteria that can be used to more objectively rate student work. A rubric is an explicit set of criteria against which student tasks or assignments can be compared, for the purposes of assessment. A rubric describes the characteristics and attributes of varying levels of quality work, and assigns a value to each level - often either a point structure or a corresponding letter grade. It is not uncommon for instructors who use rubrics to make these available to students prior to completing assignments so that students are both fully aware of what constitutes quality work, and can consciously endeavor to meet expectations.

University Centers & Research Institutions
Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles Online
Print (Book) Resources

Assessment and Evaluation of Instruction

Resources for assessment to improve the quality of the course and your own teaching.

Teaching Strategies: Evaluation of Teaching Effectiveness (University of Michigan)
Links to journal articles specifically on topic for both peer review and student review practices.

Evaluation of Teaching (Ohio State University)
This site includes specific descriptions of procedures used in peer assessment and student assessment of teaching.

The Professional Evaluation of Teaching (American Council of Learned Societies, 1996)
An overview of the two most common methods of instructional evaluation - student review and peer review.

What Do They Know, Anyway? (Felder, 1992)
Is student evaluation of teaching really valid? A summary of research findings.

How to Evaluate Teaching (Felder & Brent, 2004)
An outline of methods for evaluating instruction, available in PDF format.

The Evaluation of Teaching (Styer, 2000)
An overview of the pros and cons of the most common methods of instructional evaluation.

Persistent Problems in Evaluating College Teaching (McKeachie & Kaplan)
A discussion of some common challenges to validity in evaluation of teaching and practical strategies for improvement.

Evaluation of Course Quality

What constitutes a great online course or training program? Quality can be defined and measured; these resources provide a wealth of guidance for achieving the best possible learning environment.

Chickering and Gamson - The Seven Principles of Good Practice: Using Technology to Improve Learning Outcomes
This web resource is based upon one of the classical works on good practice in teaching, The Seven Principles of Good Practice in Undergraduate Education (1986), and includes updated resources to account for the improvements in technology in education. A recommended read for all educators! Find it online at: http://www.tltgroup.org/Seven/Home.htm

Quality Matters (Maryland Online)
This site provides a practical and useful rubric for instructors to apply to online course designs. The goal of Maryland Online's Quality Matters project was to "develop a ... pathway for inter-institutional quality assurance and course improvements in online learning, [and] create and implement a process to certify the quality of online courses and online components....The project identified 40 elements, distributed across eight broad standards, shown to positively impact student learning. These elements were then incorporated into a web-based rubric and weighted from 1 (important) to 3 (essential). Annotations and multiple examples from real online courses have been provided for each essential element." See http://www.qualitymatters.org/

Best Practices in Designing Online Courses by Las Positas College
A straight-forward checklist for designing quality course websites and course plans, including templates and example files that can be downloaded. Find it online at: http://lpc1.clpccd.cc.ca.us/lpc/blackboard/best_practices/

The Sloan Consortium
"A Consortium of Institutions and Organizations Committed to Quality Online Education" online at: http://onlinelearningconsortium.org/. This site includes a members' wiki for best practices and a Quality Framework. Select the "Effective Practices" link.

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Course Template for Blackboard

The DCE Instructional Design Team has created a template that is available to all DCE course instructors upon request. This course template is customizable and intended to speed the design and setup of a new course website in Blackboard. Personalized training and assistance in setting up the template is also available. Contact us by phone at 701-231-7015 or by email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).