Source:   UIC Office of Programs and Academic Assessment Website

Course Request Help Topics


Course Learning Outcome Assessment Methods

(page 3 of course request)

Instructions

*A response to this question is required.

As part of the campus commitment to assessment, each course must include information about assessment of students related to the expected learning outcomes just identified. For General Education courses, this is in addition to the assessment methods identified to measure general education learning outcome(s) associated with General Education categories.

Enter in the box the methods or tools that will be used to determine whether the students have met the stated course learning outcomes.

Course learning outcome assessment methods are intended to:

  • Gather evidence to show what students are actually learning.


When writing course learning outcome assessment methods,

  • Think first about the course learning outcomes you just entered.

  • Choose methods that most effectively assess those objectives from the expanded list provided below, or write your own.

  • Indicate the learning outcome or content area that a method will assess. A simple model for writing the assessment methods is “method + verb + learning outcome/content area” ,e.g. “A research paper will examine students’ ability to formulate an argument and provide reasoned support when examining the relationship between culture and food with respect to other socio-cultural factors.” “The midterm exam (multiple choice questions) and final exam (essay questions) will assess students’ knowledge of major themes and milestones in African American cinema.” More examples are provided in the “Examples” link.


Examples of assessment methods for eight broad categories of learning outcomes expected of students from a higher education program

  1. Thinking critically and making judgments

  2. (Developing arguments, reflecting, evaluating, assessing, judging)
    • Essay
    • Report
    • Journal
    • Research paper
    • Position paper
    • Letter of Advice to .... (about policy, public health matters .....)
    • Book/article/film review
    • Video/audio tape evaluation
    • Present a case for an interest group
    • Prepare a committee briefing paper for a specific meeting
    • Write a newspaper article for a newspaper
    • Comment on an article's theoretical perspective

  3. Solving problems and developing plans

  4. (Identifying problems, posing problems, defining problems, analyzing data, reviewing, designing experiments, planning, applying information)
    • Case study
    • Problem solving project
    • Research paper
    • Conference paper (or notes for a conference paper plus annotated bibliography)
    • Prepare a committee of enquiry report
    • Draft a research bid to a realistic brief

  5. Performing procedures and demonstrating techniques

  6. (Computation, taking readings, using equipment, following laboratory procedures, following protocols, carrying out instructions)
    • Science lab demonstration
    • Lab report
    • Role play
    • Observation of real or simulated professional practice
    • Make a video (write script and produce/make a video)
    • Produce a poster
    • Prepare an illustrated manual on using the equipment, for a particular audience

  7. Managing and developing oneself

  8. (Working co-operatively, working independently, learning independently, being self-directed, managing time, managing tasks, organizing)
    • Journal
    • Portfolio
    • Learning contract
    • Group work

  9. Accessing and managing information

  10. (Researching, investigating, interpreting, organizing information, reviewing and paraphrasing information, collecting data, searching and managing information sources, observing and interpreting)
    • Annotated bibliography
    • Project
    • Applied task
    • Applied problem

  11. Demonstrating knowledge and understanding

  12. (Recalling, describing, reporting, recounting, recognizing, identifying, relating & interrelating)
    • True/False/ Multiple Choice Questions (paper-based or computer-aided-assessment)
    • Essay questions
    • Written examination
    • Oral examination
    • Essay
    • Report
    • Comment on the accuracy of a set of records
    • Devise an encyclopedia entry
    • Write an answer to a client's question

  13. Designing, creating, performing

  14. (Imagining, visualizing, designing, producing, creating, innovating, performing)
    • Portfolio
    • Performance (musical, dance, or dramatic performance)
    • Oral presentation
    • Projects
    • Art exhibit
    • Display
    • Web design

  15. Communicating

  16. (One and two-way communication; communication within a group, verbal, written and non-verbal communication. Arguing, describing, advocating, interviewing, negotiating, presenting; using specific written forms)
    • Written presentation (essay, report, reflective paper etc.)
    • Oral presentation
    • Observation of real and simulated professional practice
    • Group work
    • Discussion/debate/role play
    • Participate in a 'Court of Enquiry'
    • Presentation to camera


Adapted from “Selecting methods of assessment,” Oxford Centre for Staff and Learning Development, Oxford Brookes University Wheatley Campus, Wheatley, Oxford, at http://www.brookes.ac.uk/services/ocsd/2_learntch/methods.html

Examples
Examples below link back to the Course Learning Outcome Examples provided in this help section:

African-American Studies course: African American in Film

  • The midterm exam (multiple choice questions) and final exam (essay questions) will assess students’ knowledge of major themes and milestones in African American cinema.
  • Two comparative film reviews will assess students’ basic familiarity with Black and post colonial film criticism and theory.


Human Nutrition course: Culture and Food

  • The midterm exam (multiple choice questions) and final exam (essay questions) will assess students’ knowledge of various aspects of culture related to the development and maintenance of food habits and students’ knowledge of food patterns of various cultural groups.
  • A research paper will examine students’ ability to formulate an argument and provide reasoned support when examining the relationship between culture and food with respect to other socio-cultural factors.
  • Student project and oral presentation will demonstrate how students apply the theory presented in the lectures to actual recipe and dietary modifications designed for multi-cultural environments and varying economic situations.


Anthropology course: Biology of Women

  • Two midterm exams and one cumulative final exam will determine whether students are mastering the concept of “what it means to be a women” from a biological perspective and how human evolutionary history has impacted women’s physiological development.
  • A life history paper (interview and evaluation of major reproductive events in a woman’s life) will evaluate students’ ability to apply concepts learned in class.