Resources

Tools for Student Feedback

SALG: Student Assessment of their Learning Goals
A free web-based tool that “allows instructors to gather learning-focused feedback from students. The SALG survey asks students to rate how each component of a course (e.g., textbook, collaborative work, labs) helped them to learn, and to rate their gains toward achieving the course goals. The SALG survey can be customized to fit any college-level course, and can be administered multiple times per course. A baseline instrument allows faculty to compare gains relative to incoming student characteristics.” This is a useful tool for formative assessment since it can be used during a course to help an instructor address areas that are confusing to students.You can adapt existing instruments from various disciplines or create your own. Students take it online (offering them a few points usually is sufficient incentive) and results can be downloaded and analyzed.

Zoho
A website where you can create forms that can be used to get feedback from students; responses can be downloaded in a spreadsheet or other format. This software could be used for knowledge surveys.

Moodle Quizzes, etc.
Using the campus course management system, quizzes can be set up to work as knowledge surveys and results can be seen as a bar graph; you can also download results to Excel. “Item analysis” allows for item by item results so that you can identify which questions are defeating a large number of students. Moodle also allows inserting images into questions, unlike Zoho.  Moodle also will allow essay questions that you can examine and comment on all at once. The forums can be used for classroom assessment feedback (done out of class).  Strong observations can be presented in class as models – to encourage better engagement and encourage higher-order thinking. Students may baulk at being asked to post weekly, but may respond four or five times per semester. Giving points for responding to each others posts is one way to generate interaction.

Webassign / Webasssign @ Gustavus Physics Department
This program, originally developed by physicists and tested here, now available for about $10-15/semester per student and comes bundled with some textbooks. Allows faculty to assign problems or questions (including java-based applets) and the results are graded by computer. Can also include essays and other questions that teachers can mark. This program allows for some mathematical functions not available in Moodle quizzes.

OWL
Bundled with Cengage textbooks; a Moodle-like course management system that includes a test bank etc.

College-Wide and Comparative Assessment Data for Gustavus (login required)

Data Available from the Provost’s Site
Includes reports from the Wabash National Study of Liberal Arts Education, the Teagle study, and more.

Data Available through the Office of Institutional Advancement
Includes Senior Survey results, CIRP first year survey results (including time series from 1972 – 2008) NSSE results from 2000 and 2006, and enrollments and graduation by department.

Sources of Ideas

Sample Classroom Assessment Techniques
A chart that outlines techniques that can help you check in with students quickly and repeatedly to help guide your teaching and give them a sense of how they can reflect on their own learning. Includes the minute paper, chain notes, memory matrix, directed paraphrasing, one-sentence summary, and more. Based on Angelo and Cross’s Classroom Assessment Techniques.

Disciplinary Learning Outcomes / Assessment Statements

Chemistry – Undergraduate Professional Education in Chemistry (see particularly section 7 – Development of Student Skills)

Psychology – American Psychological Association – Undergraduate Major Learning Goals and Outcomes (2002); Website

Sociology – American Sociological Association – Creating an Effective Assessment Plan for the Undergraduate Sociology Major (2005)

Writing Programs – CCCC Writing Assessment: A Position Statement; NCTE-WPA White Paper on Writing Assessment; WPA Assessment Gallery

More Assessment Links Than You Can Shake a Stick At

A massive page of assessment links from NC State

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