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National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment

Providing Evidence of Student Learning:
A Transparency Framework


Component:

Assessment resources encompass information or training provided to faculty and staff to help them understand, develop, implement, communicate, and use evidence of student learning. Transparent assessment resources are:

• Presented in language that is understandable to the novice
• Prominently posted or linked to in multiple places across the website
• Downloadable or accessible in a timely fashion by multiple web browsers and Internet download speeds
• Updated regularly to reflect current activities and new resources
• Receptive to feedback or comments on additional resources, training, or potential professional development needs

Institutional Examples

Pepperdine University

Pepperdine University’s website provides a host of information about the university's assessment practices. Viewers can read about institutional learning outcomes and program learning outcomes in addition to assessment reports. There is also content about the university’s educational effectiveness regarding direct and indirect effectiveness indicators. The website has facts and figures to further understand the effectiveness of university programs.


Ball State University

Ball State University

Through Ball State's Office of Institutional Effectiveness, assessment resources, mainly its resource library and online workbook, are available for both internal and external audiences. Information on workshops for faculty and staff are also displayed.


Western Washington University

Interested parties can then access their 2006/2007 handbooks on Assessment of Student Learning for course improvement and program improvement. These handbooks are written in a clear manner that guides the reader through student learning outcomes assessment. Contact information for the Center of Instruction Innovation and the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education can easily be found.


Joliet Junior College

Joliet Junior College

Assessment resources on Joliet Junior College’s Committee of Student Learning website include tools for faculty, glossaries, questions and answers, models, books, newsletters, grants, and handbooks. In addition, there is an assessment fair where interested parties can learn more.


University of Texas at Austin

University of Texas-Austin

Assessment resources at the University of Texas at Austin include information on how to get started with assessment, write learning outcomes, and select methods of assessment. In addition, there is information provided on each step of the assessment process as outlined by Instructional Assessment Resources. Last, assessment resources can also be found on its Center for Teaching & Learning page.


Hocking College

Hocking College

Hocking College’s Assessment Resource page includes information on assessment vocabulary, tools and methods, and rubrics. Of particular interest in the assessment tools and methods section is the triangulation of data wheel document which outlines direct internal, external and indirect evidence of student learning.


James Madison University

James Madison University


JMU's Center for Assessment and Research Studies offers a wide variety of assessment resources: information on assessment days and assessment awards, assessment for program-level and general education, and sample assessment progress templates.