Assurance of Learning Terms

  • assessment - the continuous and systemic process of analyzing student learning to improve accountability and effectiveness
  • benchmark - a standard used to measure performance
  • course-embedded assessment - assessment measures that take place within a single course
  • direct measure - examination of student learning as students respond to the instrument itself (e.g. tests, essays, presentations, etc.)
  • goal - statement of what a program would like to accomplish over a given amount of time
  • indirect measure - assessment method that gathers information by asking students to reflect on their learning, rather than demonstrate it (e.g. surveys, interviews, etc.)
  • instrument - implement used to take assessments
  • learning objective - statement of intended student outcomes following instruction
  • measure - to collect data in an assessment
  • pilot - first run of a new assessment or measure
  • proficiency - degree of competency achieved by assessment results
  • recommendation - proposal for improving programs, courses, measures, etc., following the analyzing of assessment results
  • rubric - device used to evaluate a piece of work based on specific criteria
  • stakeholder - an individual or organization that has a vested interest in a program
  • standard - predetermined expectation of the performance of a course or program

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