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 means faculty have identified that a course has an assignment that applies to an ELO, and have mapped the course by updating Official Course Outlines in CIM.
2. Next, all CRNs for those courses are are chosen to submit student work, which will now become known as artifacts. Artifacts are exact, ungraded 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 the assignment to the ELO in Blackboard. There are also instructions regarding verbiage for their syllabi, and creating/uploading the assignment in case they don’t usually use Blackboard. CLOA members reach out to each individual faculty member to help them align, choose and upload the assignment.
4. Faculty upload the assignment to Blackboard as they usually would. The only difference is adding the alignment (a few short clicks). Students 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 three 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.
7. Lastly, all stakeholders at the College are invited to join in our Closing the Loop discussions. All are invited to these sessions; you don't have to teach a course mapped to a certain ELO to join the discussion! In these sessions, we discuss the ELO, the rubric, its application in the classroom, data from the assessments from the last academic year, and lastly discuss how this data drives curricular change. Click here to see when our next session will be!