The Course Selection Process
1. The Learning Outcomes Assessment office gathers all courses that are mapped to an ELO for the semester. Being mapped to an ELO simply means faculty and Counterparts have identified that a course has an assignment that teaches to an ELO, and have indicated this in their Official Course Outlines.
2. Next, all CRNs for those course are compiled and a selection are randomly chosen to submit student work, which will now become artifacts. Artifacts are exact copies of student work that will be assessed for ELOs after the semester ends. It does not affect the student grade in any way.
3. Faculty are then notified well in advance of the start of the semester that their CRN has been chosen. Faculty are given instructions on how to align their assignments to the ELO. They can also collect their assignments in an ELO Blackboard site. There are also instructions regarding verbiage to add to their syllabi, and creating the assignment in case they don’t usually use Blackboard. CLOA members reach out to each individual faculty member to help them align. CLOA assist with anything from creating the assignment, choosing an assignment, or aligning the course in Blackboard.
4. Faculty upload the assignment to Blackboard as they usually would. The only difference is adding the alignment (a few simple clicks). They inform students to submit the assignment as they normally would. The student experience is exactly the same whether the assignment is aligned or not.
5. The semester after artifacts are collected, CLOA and other faculty members begin to assess each artifact using a standardized rubric for each ELO. Each artifact is assessed by 3 separate assessors. The process of assessing is done in Blackboard.
6. After all assessments are complete, LOA aggregates the results and distributes them to the college through newsletters as well as a dedicated page for results on this website.
The next step in our journey will be discussing these results college wide...we'd love your input!