Thinking about assessment:
as • sess (ses’) v.t.
[late ME < ML L
assess (us) ptp. of
assidere (ad + sedere)]
to sit down beside
Alverno College developed an assessment approach with 8 ways to assess student learning
Describes what a student will be able to do with what she knows in personal, professional, and/or academic contexts as a result of a set of learning experiences.
Demonstration of abilities in action in the kind of integrated situation in which students would use them in their life beyond campus
Specific indicators of ability/knowledge as seen in performance.
Criteria provide a picture of ability/knowledge in action:
allowing an instructor/assessor to make judgments
helping a beginning learner imagine a successful performance
incorporating qualitative dimensions of performance
Tells a student how well she is doing from a perspective outside herself
Like a mirror, provides a student with matter for both reflection and growth
Raises questions that enable a student to critique and further develop her abilities and ideas
Can assist a student to separate her performance from her judgment of self
Achievement of distance from classroom learning experiences by various degrees
The ability of a student to observe, analyze, and judge her performance on the basis of criteria and determine how she can improve it