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What is Assessment?
Assessment is a method for faculty to collect feedback on how well students are learning. The purpose of assessment is to provide faculty and students with information and insights needed to improve student learning, teaching strategies, and curriculum. Assessment can be fun and most importantly, puts the responsibility for learning squarely on the student. It also opens a dialogue between the faculty and the student on the teaching/learning process. Overall, assessment is a process of self-reflection with an outlook towards improvement.
Faculty provide continuous feedback to students to help students improve their learning strategies and study habits so that they can become more independent, successful learners. The conversations between and among faculty, students, and other stakeholders provide an excellent way to share best practices.
The Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE) is an assessment tool that provides information on student engagement, a key indicator of learning and, therefore, of the quality of community colleges. The survey, administered to community college students, asks questions that assess institutional practices and student behaviors that are correlated highly with student learning and student retention. It is a versatile, research-based tool appropriate for multiple uses. Identifying what students do in and out of the classroom, knowing students' goals, and understanding external responsibilities can help the college create an environment that can enhance learning, development, and success.
YouTube Links & More
- Results & Actions for Course Assessment Plans
- Classroom Assessment Techniques
- Lee Shulman on LearningSLO MISSION (im)POSSIBLE
- CAT, Assessment on Critical Thinking (click below)