Choosing an Assessment Tool
 
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Skills Demonstration

  •  Learning that results in a tangible product
  • Learning that results in the ability to correctly perform a process or procedure
  •  A project or demonstration that has been discussed by discipline faculty and will allow students to demonstrate the skill or process in the SLO
  •  A faculty-developed rubric to evaluate the success of the skills demonstration
Essays (out-of-class or essay exams)
  •  Identification of content-area knowledge
  •  Application of content-area knowledge
  • Ability to explain concepts
  •  Ability to evaluate and select
  •  Analysis of complex phenomena
  •  Writing skills
  •  A writing prompt that has been discussed by discipline faculty and addresses the learning in the SLO
  •  A faculty-developed rubric to evaluate the learning or skill level demonstrated by the essay
Performances
  • Application of content-area knowledge
  • Performing arts skills
  •  A performance opportunity that has been discussed by the discipline faculty and addresses the learning in the SLO
  •  A faculty-developed rubric to evaluate the learning or skill level demonstrated by the performance
Porfolios
  • Creation of a body of work
  • Visual or media arts skills
  • Writing skills
  •  A collection of student work that has been discussed by discipline faculty and addresses the learning in the SLO
  • A faculty-developed rubric to evaluate the learning or skill level demonstrated in the portfolio
Presentations
  •  Identification of content-area knowledge
  •  Application of content-area knowledge
  •  Ability to explain concepts
  •  Ability to evaluate and select
  •  Analysis of complex phenomena
  •  Oral communication skills
  •  A presentation prompt that has been discussed by discipline faculty and addresses the learning in the SLO
  • A faculty-developed rubric to evaluate the learning or skill level demonstrated by the presentation
Objective Tests
  •  Identification of content-area knowledge
  •  Application of content-area knowledge
  •  Ability to evaluate and select
  •  Mathematical skills
  •  A test that has been discussed by discipline faculty and addresses the learning in the SLO
  •  An answer key
Surveys
  •  Student satisfaction
  •  Student self-assessment of SLO mastery
  •  A faculty-developed list of questions that asks students to reflect on their satisfaction and/or learning
  •  A process for survey administration