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Outcome Assessment Tool

I realize what I am suggesting would be a significant addition to your programming/data storage/manipulation – but to my limited understanding this seems like a logical extension of your already wonderful platform.  Furthermore given the huge costs associated with the existing marketers of “outcome assessment services” this type of addition would be a God-send.

The accreditation services are pushing for this type of data driven outcomes assessment (Higher Learning Commission, North Central Association and the National Council for the Accreditation for Teacher Education).  I have outlined below what I think a Populi version of assessment might look like – but I would also recommend looking at Mayville State university’s document on assessment. http://www.mayvillestate.edu/about-msu/Pages/AccreditationAssessment.aspx This is a pretty good overview of how they are approaching the demands on their school

How I would envision it in Populi . . .

When creating a new “Lesson” the faculty member is given the option of a check-box for “Approved Outcomes Document.”   Selecting that item offers a list of “Institutional Goals” and “Desired Outcomes.”  These would have been entered by the school’s “Curriculum Coordinator.”  They might look something like this . . .

                I.  Statement of Goal

Paragraph of explanation of goal.  Paragraph of explanation of goal.  Paragraph of explanation of goal.  Paragraph of explanation of goal.  Paragraph of explanation of goal.  Paragraph of explanation of goal.  Paragraph of explanation of goal.  Paragraph of explanation of goal. Paragraph of explanation of goal.  Paragraph of explanation of goal.  Paragraph of explanation of goal. 

IA. Individual Outcome

IB. Individual Outcome

IC. Individual Outcome

 

The faculty member would have between a six and two dozen such choices.  They would mark all of those goals that apply to this specific lesson.  At the end of the year the Curriculum Director would be able to have a report showing how many times each of the individual outcomes was addressed within the selected lessons. 

A similar connection would be made to self-selected assignments and tests.  When preparing a test or assignment the faculty member would have and additional check-box called “Approved Outcomes Assessment.”   Selecting that item offers the same list of “Institutional Goals” and “Desired Outcomes.”  The faculty member would again mark all of those goals/outcomes that were evaluated by the assignment/test.  At the end of the year the Curriculum Director would be able to have a report showing how many times each of the individual outcomes was addressed within the selected evaluations (tests/assignments).  It would be best to have some correlation to the grades on these assignments.  So the results might show something like,

IC Standard – Of the 234 lessons sampled, IC was a component in 23 lessons (10%).  The standard was evaluated in 2468 student assessments with an average student score of 87.567%

Obviously additional ways to slice the data would be helpful (comparing freshmen to seniors, by departments, by declared degrees or majors, by course levels).  There would also be some benefit to being able to draw a digital or printed report and have the underlying documentation also available.  So for Standard IC – here are all of the lessons as presented with the Populi or the actual test.  In a absolute best case, although probably not critical, here are the written assignments generated by the assessment and electronically submitted to the faculty member.

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