The articulation and assessment of learning outcomes shifts the focus from courses and credit hours to knowledge, skills and competencies, and demonstrates the value added of a postsecondary education. Despite these benefits, there remains no consensus on how to measure learning outcomes, in part because assessment is a relatively new field of study and because the range of learning outcomes being assessed is so broad.
To explore further the measurement of learning outcomes, HEQCO created a consortium of seven postsecondary institutions in December 2012. Participating institutions are developing and piloting assessment tools and techniques, ranging from e-portfolios to analytic rubrics that will be scalable to the institution level in the future. Biannual meetings of the consortium allow the seven institutions to share their progress and learning with other members of the consortium. Each institution has also been sharing its findings with other postsecondary institutions.
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