Assessment of Student Learning Resources

This page is annotated bibliography of recommended resources for faculty and others responsible for assessment. 

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Assessment of Student Learning in the OSU System

Comprehensive Resources:

Defining Student Learning Outcomes

Student learning outcomes are statements of observable and measureable student performance which provide the foundation for assessment of student learning.  They define what a student will be able to do at the end of a learning activity, course, or program. In the simplest form, a student learning outcome says,  "Students will be able to <action verb> <something>."  The following resources offer guidance in constructing and using student learning outcomes.

Rubrics: A rubric defines criteria for assessment of student performance. The rubric identifies the criteria to be evaluated and describes a range of acceptable and unacceptable performance. These proficiency levels describe a continuum from excellent to unacceptable. Using the rubric, the rater matches the student’s performance to a set of pre-defined criteria.   

Grades and Assessment of Student Learning

Rogers, Gloria. "Do Grades Make the Grade for Program Assessment?" ABET, Inc.,  Web. <http://www.abet.org/Linked%20Documents-UPDATE/Assessment/Assessment%20Tips4.pdf>.  In this article, Rogers addresses  a common question raised by faculty -- "We are already accessing students in courses: why can't we just use student grades as an indication of what our students know or can do?"