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​​​​​​Assessing Learning Outcomes & Skills

Skills measurement tools and resources to inform the selection and implementation of appropriate assessments.​

 

How to Assess Learning Outcomes and Use Assessment Results

    

HEQCO's Learning Outcomes Assessment: A Practitioner's Handbook HEQCO's Learning Outcomes Assessment: A Practitioner's Handbook
A plan for learning outcomes assessment and data collection to improve programs and student learning.
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Program-Based Review and Assessment: Tools and Techniques for Program Improvement American Association for Higher Education's Program-Based Review and Assessment: Tools and Techniques for Program Improvement
Stassen, Doherty and Poe, 2004
A step-by-step guide on the different stages of assessment—from introduction to program improvement.
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Assessment for learning Assessment for learning
Brown, 2004
Tips on ensuring that assessment practices help rather than hinder learning.
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Higher Education Quality: Why Documenting Learning Matters NILOA's Higher Education Quality: Why Documenting Learning Matters
2016
How to use multiple, systematic approaches to obtain evidence of authentic student achievement and mitigate poorly designed assessment efforts.
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Learning Outcomes Assessment in Community Colleges NILOA's Learning Outcomes Assessment in Community Colleges
Nunley, Bers & Manning, 2011
Current assessment practices at American community colleges and guidelines/good practices for colleges seeking to advance their assessment agenda.
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Tools for Assessing Learning Outcomes

Building Your Assessment Toolkit: Strategies for Gathering Actionable Evidence of Student Learning
Building Your Assessment Toolkit: Strategies for Gathering Actionable Evidence of Student Learning
Beld, 2015
An analysis of different types of assessment tools and their strengths and weaknesses.
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DQP Assignment Library NILOA & Lumina Foundation's DQP Assignment Library
An online library of peer-reviewed assignments from a variety of institutions and fields that are linked to learning outcomes from the Degree Qualifications Framework
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Learning from the Queen’s University Assessment Experience: Considerations for selecting an appropriate skills measurement tool Learning from the Queen’s University Assessment Experience: Considerations for selecting an appropriate skills measurement tool
A case study of staff, faculty and administrators’ perceptions of five assessment tools administered at the university (namely CLA+, CAT, HEIghten, the ESO and VALUE rurbics).
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Rubrics

HEQCO’s Guide to Developing Valid and Reliable Rubrics
HEQCO’s Guide to Developing Valid and Reliable Rubrics
Important considerations and suggested process for developing valid and reliable rubrics.​
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VALUE Rubrics
American Association of Colleges and Universities' VALUE Rubrics
A collection of 16 validated rubrics for use in wide-scale assessment of essential learning outcomes
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Queen's Basics Rubric builder Queen's Basics Rubric builder
A guide for creating authentic assessments to support students' development of cognitive skills.
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Critical Thinking Assessment Rubric and Teacher's Handbook George Brown's Critical Thinking Assessment Rubric and Teacher's Handbook
A demonstration of how to incorporate Ontario's Essential Employability Skills into college curriculum
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U of T Analytic Rubric - Teamwork
U of T Analytic Rubric - Communication
U of T Analytic Rubric - Design
University of Toronto’s Analytic Rubrics (Teamwork, Communication, and Design) and Instructor Guide for using the rubrics.
Assessment tools for teamwork, communication and design in undergraduate engineering.


Engaging Faculty in Learning Outcomes Assessment

Opening Doors to Faculty Involvement in Assessment
NILOA's Opening Doors to Faculty Involvement in Assessment
Hutchings, 2010
Six ways to integrate the purposes of assessment and the regular work of faculty.
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What New Faculty Need to Know About Assessment NILOA's Assessment Brief What New Faculty Need to Know About Assessment
Hutchings, 2011
Defining features, practices, and significance of assessment for faculty
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A Ten-Step Process for Creating Outcomes Assessment Measures for an Undergraduate Management Program: A Faculty-Driven Process Association for Institutional Research's A Ten-Step Process for Creating Outcomes Assessment Measures for an Undergraduate Management Program: A Faculty-Driven Process
Carter, 2009
Rhode Island College's faculty-wide learning outcomes initiative.
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Preparing Future Faculty to Assess Student Learning Council of Graduate Schools' Preparing Future Faculty to Assess Student Learning
2011
How to enhance and expand professional development programs that provide faculty with the skills to assess student learning.
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Relevant Findings from HEQCO's Learning Outcomes Assessment Consortium (LOAC)

University of Toronto Final Report
University of Toronto Final Report - Development of Analytic Rubrics for Learning Outcomes Assessment
The University of Toronto's project on using rubrics to assess communication, design, investigations, problem solving and teamwork in undergraduate engineering.
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George Brown College Final Report George Brown College Final Report - Building Capacity to Measure Critical Thinking
George Brown College's multi-year study to measure students’ critical thinking skills, as part of the Essential Employability Skills.
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Humber College Final Report Humber College Final Report - Assessing Critical Thinking Using a Scorecard
The development of a scorecard for instructors that captures critical thinking and written communication skills across several courses at Humber College.
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Durham College Final Report Durham College Final Report - ePortfolios: A tool for capturing Essential Employability Skills
The benefits and challenges of using ePortfolios as an assessment tool at Durham College.
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Queen's University Project Summary Queen's University Project Summary - Using Learning Outcomes Assessment for Program Improvement
Queen's University's four-year study to assess critical thinking, problem solving and written communication using standardized tests and rubrics.
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University of Guelph Project SummaryIntegrating Pedagogy and Technology to Measure Program and Institutional Learning Outcomes at the University of Guelph​
The University of Guelph's use of their learning management system, Desire2Learn, to develop a tool that capture skills, such as critical thinking, literacy and communication.
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Confederation College Project Summary Confederation College Project Summary - Using Indigenous Learning Outcomes to Assess Critical Thinking
Confederation College's project to utilize Indigenous Learning Outcomes to develop a culturally-relevant critical thinking assessment tool.
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Relevant Assessment Libraries

Assessment Commons
Assessment Commons
An open learning space that curates resources and tools for student learning outcomes assessment, teaching and learning, program review and accreditation.
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National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment
The National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment's collection of assessment research and resources for practitioners.
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