Course level assessment helps faculty know what students have learned in their course. The goal is to then “close the loop,” using that knowledge to improve the course.
Like department and program level assessment, there are four steps to course level assessment—much of which faculty do all the time! Formal assessment just aims to make this process more explicit.
Step 1: Establish learning goals and objects
Step 2: Create learning opportunities for students
Step 3: Collect (and analyze) evidence of student learning
Step 4: Closing the Loop: Use the evidence to improve student learning
I. Plan the assessment
You might use a guide like this:
II. Assess student learning
One option is to insert the criteria you used to assess the work into a table:
III. Reflect on the course
- What did you learn about what your students are learning?
- Were there any surprises for you? Pleasant ones? Disappointments?
- Do you envision making any changes to your teaching methods or the assignments?
- Are there suggestions you would make about possible curricular changes (not your course specifically, but perhaps the prerequisites leading to it)?