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Feedback & AssessmentDr. Jennifer SparrowEDUCAUSE 2012Dr. Teggin SummersNovember 6, 2012Dr. Marc ZaldivarDenver, CO1OverviewFeedback as a mode of learningAssessment as form of feedbackOutcomes-based assessment of learningProgrammatic Assessment2Feedback enhances learningProvides a process-centered framework for learning rather than an object-centeredMakes learning shared and contextual. Feedback could come fromFellow studentsInstructors and AdvisorsMentors, peers and other studentsWorking ProfessionalsStructured feedback (e.g., via rubrics)provides meaningful, contextual information to the learner.

3Assessment as feedbackAssessment, in this way, can be seen as formal feedback. Its goals can be many and layered:Self-assessment: the learner better understanding his/her own learning process through systematic feedback on the learning process.Course-based assessment: the learner better understanding particular content/curricular information through assessment of learning activitiesProgrammatic-based assessment: the program better understanding the curricular environment and seeking to improve the educational experience.4Programmatic Assessment at Virginia TechFederal GovernmentVoluntary System of Accountability (VSA)Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)Professional Accrediting AgenciesState Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV)VT Strategic PlanBut why do we do this?What is the best indicator of the effectiveness of an educational program?

Could it be (should it be) what students have learned while being enrolled in the program?

The process of student learning outcomes assessment helps us to be sure students are learning what we expect them to learn.

Assessment is a systematic way of paying attention to our curriculum. Metz

What is The Process for Assessing Student Learning Outcomes? 2. Gather and AnalyzeInformation AboutStudentAchievementOf Outcomes 3. Use InformationGatheredTo ImproveStudent LearningIdentifyAnd ArticulateStudentLearningOutcomesWhat is The Process for Assessing Student Learning Outcomes? 2. Gather and AnalyzeInformation 3. Use InformationIdentifyAnd ArticulateSLOsExample: Ability to read critically and compose an effective analysis of a literary textExample: Upload a critical analysis from English 2604 Introduction to Critical Reading to your ePortfolio. Example: The assessment team rated 33 randomly selected critical essays pulled from the required ePortfolios. 88% of the papers were given an overall rating of Competent or better, thus exceeding the Achievement Target. Even so, a handful of papers were given lower ratings than we would like. The teachers met to discuss the unsatisfactory essays and made changes to the subsequent assignment for the coming year.Hallmarks of the new assessmentBefore:Externally mandatedDelegated to the unfortunate fewRead?ShelvedStudents essentially not involved or impactedAfter:Substantial, broad-based effort and engagementReflection, conflict, compromise, consensusStudents as partners

9Conclusions and Take-awaysFeedback is a critical part of ePortfolio-based activities, because itEnhances reflectionForegrounds educational processShares learning, up and down the scaleAssessment is a systematic way of providing feedback on specific learning outcomes.Again, this assessment is an extension of learning for, and about, our students.10