Assessment Blog Posts

Using Focus Groups for Assessment, Evaluation, and Improvement

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In higher education settings, focus groups can be used for assessing institutional level initiatives as well as course- and program-level experiences for students.

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Assessment of and for Student Learning and Success: Who Cares?!

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A couple of months ago I came across a Chronicle of Higher Education article titled “Does Assessment Make Colleges Better? Who Knows?” The gist of the article is that virtually nobody, even those in higher education; truly cares about an institution’s assessment in making informed decisions about quality of institutions...

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Assessment as an Agent for Change

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I recently attended two assessment-related conferences where I served as a panelist. In spite of the many differences, I felt that a common challenge was being addressed, either explicitly or implicitly: how to make assessment meaningful and rewarding.

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How to Make Assessment Meaningful

One of the challenges with assessment is answering the “so-what” question. After the initial nationwide calls for assessment more than three decades ago, most institutions are conducting assessment.

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Coping with the Complexity of Learning Analysis

Coping with the Complexity of Learning Analysis

Educators have a lot of data at their disposal: student grades, demographics, communications, course surveys, and learning analytics. And while all this information can seem overwhelming at times,

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How Peer Review and Peer Grading Can Inspire Knowledge Building in the Classroom

Citing von Glaserfeld (1995), Brill and Hodges (2011) suggested that peer reviews were conducive for knowledge building among learners through shared experiences. Drawing on their own practices in teaching ...

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From Knowledge Sharing to Knowledge Building

Our society is changing rapidly and innovation is becoming more recognized as a key factor for a competitive advantage. In order to prepare our students for success in innovation, it is necessary to re-examine our conventional ...

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