Course-embedded assessment A method in which evidence of student learning outcomes for the program is obtained from assignments in particular courses in the curriculum.
Course mapping A matrix showing the coverage of each program learning outcome in each course. It may also indicate the level of emphasis of each outcome in each course.
Direct assessment Assessment to gauge student achievement of learning outcomes directly from their work. (For comparison, see Indirect assessment.)
Formative assessment The assessment of student achievement at different stages of a course or at different stages of a students academic career. The focus of formative assessment is on the documentation of student development over time. It can also be used to engage students in a process of reflection on their education. (For comparison, see Summative assessment.)
Indirect assessment Assessment that deduces student achievement of learning outcomes through students reported perception of their own learning or other measures that are not evidence of a students own work in the program. (For comparison, see Direct assessment.)
Learning outcomes Knowledge, skills, and dispositions that students should be able to demonstrate upon graduating from the program.
Portfolio A purposeful collection of artifacts that demonstrate a students development or achievement.
Program assessment Assessment to determine the extent to which students in a departmental program can demonstrate the learning outcomes for the program. (For comparison, see Course-level assessment and Institutional assessment.)
Reliability An assessment tools consistency of results. This may be consistency of results over time (i.e., multiple administrations of the instrument) or internal consistency of results at a single administration (e.g., split-half reliability).
Rubric A set of criteria specifying the characteristics of a learning outcome and the levels of achievement in each characteristic.
Self-efficacy Students judgment of their own capabilities for a specific learning outcome.
Summative assessment The assessment of student achievement at the end point of their education or at the end of a course. The focus of summative assessment is on the documentation of student achievement by the end of a course or program. It does not reveal the pathway of development to achieve that endpoint. (For comparison, see Formative assessment.)
Validity The degree to which an assessment tool measures what it purports to measure.
Last Modified: October 19, 2012