Tools for Collaboration

Faculty Assessment Toolkit

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Assessment Planning Template

Departments conduct activities in the Assessment Cycle at different points and levels. Below is the planning template for individual programs and departments to adopt/adapt in planning their student learning outcomes assessment goals.

Determine where you are in your assessment journey

  • How do program/discipline and course learning outcomes describe the ways in which students can demonstrate their learning? Are outcomes measurable or demonstrable?
  • Is pedagogy, grading, curriculum aligned within courses and across sequenced courses?
  • Are learning outcomes included on syllabi, embedded in coursework/assignments and discussed with students? Do students have an opportunity to evaluate their learning against course outcomes?
  • Are there rubrics, scoring sheets, or other methods shared with students and used to evaluate student learning?

Review the Basic Assessment Cycle to determine where your team is with assessment.

Team discussions and collaboration allow us to:

Agree on and develop a shared understanding of learning outcomes: It is important for faculty within a discipline or program to understand the scope of a discipline or program and to align courses with program outcomes. Faculty teaching the same course must agree on course learning outcomes to ensure students in each section leave with the same common knowledge and skills.

Develop common or shared assignments and rubrics: Collaboration promotes creation of assignments and rubrics that can be used across sections of a course or among sequenced courses.

Use assessment results for discussion, innovation, and improvement: Reviewing assessment results together promotes discussion about what is working well and where there are challenges. Collaboration fosters ideas and innovation about how to address gaps and challenges.