Category Archives: Methods

Incorporating Design Principles in Writing Student Learning Outcomes

Modern Design Principles Smartphones, tablets, and e-readers have revolutionized how we consume and create information. It’s a based simple formula: simplicity + user customization = engagement Take my e-reader, pictured below. It comes in only black or white. To get … Continue reading

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Learning Goals, Objectives, & Outcomes: They’re All the Same

Assessment has always struggled with language and definitions. One area of confusion is the distinctions between different statements of intentionality. These usually include goals, objectives, outcomes, targets, performance indicators, and so forth. When incorporated into one plan, the result can sometimes … Continue reading

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Wayfinding & Curriculum Mapping in Higher Education

A curriculum map is a visual representation of how a program’s activities or courses lead to a coherent learning experience for students. (Principles of curriculum mapping can also be applied to the co-curriculum). Wayfinding: Why Curriculum Mapping is Important An … Continue reading

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Do We Really Need Student Learning Outcomes?

I made it to the end of my junior year of college without picking a major. It never really occurred to me to pick one. But I did know what I liked to do – drawing, writing, reading, baseball statistics, … Continue reading

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Assessment Planning and Decision-making: The Problems with Assessment Frameworks

Nearly everyone has an assessment framework that symbolizes how assessment does or should work. I haven’t viewed all of them. But I’ve seen a lot. And most of them look the same. In the book Reason & Rigor: How Conceptual … Continue reading

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Junk Assessment and Junk Miles: Quit Worrying About Assessment

Junk Miles On a recent long bike ride in the countryside of Illinois, I was concentrating on my training regimen and my mind wandered to assessment. Not something most normal people do, but it’s my job. Thinking about challenges associated … Continue reading

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Getting Assessment Results Off the Shelf: The Where and the When of Assessment

If you look at many program and institutional assessment plans, they contain a grid. They usually look something like this: Outcomes | Data Needed | Groups Assessed | Methods | Who | Timeline This is a very useful and practical … Continue reading

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