About Academic Assessment
View a brief video (below) about each step in the NDSU Assessment Cycle.
The NDSU Assessment Cycle
1. Ask a question about student learning
- NDSU's Assessment Helix
- Extremely brief history of assessment in higher education.
How did we get here?
- SLO it down
Getting started with student learning outcomes (SLO)
- Get a map!
An introduction to curriculum mapping
2. Gather evidence to answer question.
- Gathering evidence of student learning
3. Analyze results - answer the question
- Resources for analyzing results
4.Use and share results
- Sharing and using assessment results
5.Reflect, celebrate, ask new questions.
- Celebrating assessment, relecting on the process, and moving ahead.
Resources from the Higher Learning Commission
Internet Assessment Resources
Internet Resources for Higher Education Outcomes Assessment maintains a huge site on assessment that is a valuable resource. Once you learn how to use this site, it may become a favorite for accessing information on a variety of topics.
Classroom Assessment Techniques
An important step in assessment may be identifying our learning objectives for our students as a step toward identifying the classroom assessment techniques (CATs) that we might use. An on-line teaching goals instrument (teaching goals inventory) is available from the University of Iowa.
After you have identified your teaching goals, you might consult Iowa State University’s link for quick descriptions of several classroom assessment techniques (CATs).
Assessment Resources from Professional Organizations
Many professional organizations provide strong support for assessment of student learning. The members of the University Assessment Committee have recommended the following link from the Accrediting Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) for the direct comments about assessment.