Assessing Student LearningA Common Sense Guide
Assessing Student Learning is a standard reference for college faculty and administrators, and the third edition of this highly regarded book continues to offer comprehensive, practical, plainspoken guidance. The third edition adds a stronger emphasis on making assessment useful; greater attention to building a culture in which assessment is used to inform important decisions; an enhanced focus on the many settings of assessment, especially general education and co-curricula; a new emphasis on synthesizing evidence of student learning into an overall picture of an integrated learning experience; new chapters on curriculum design and assessing the hard-to-assess; more thorough information on organizing assessment processes; new frameworks for rubric design and setting standards and targets; and many new resources. Faculty, administrators, new and experienced assessment practitioners, and students in graduate courses on higher education assessment will all find this a valuable addition to their bookshelves.
List of Tables, Lists, Figures, and Exhibits List of Jargon Alerts Preface Acknowledgements About the Author Introduction Part I. Understanding Assessment 1. What is Assessment? 2. The Many Settings for Student Learning and Assessment 3. What are Effective Assessment Practices? Part II. Laying a Foundation for Assessment Success 4. Learning Goals: Articulating What You Most Want Students to Learn 5. Designing Curricula to Help Students Learn What’s Important 6. How Will Your Student Learning Evidence Be Used? 7. Planning Assessments in Academic Programs 8. Planning Assessments in General Education, Co-Curricula, and Other Settings Part III. Building a Pervasive, Enduring Culture of Evidence and Betterment 9. Guiding and Coordinating Assessment Efforts 10. Helping Everyone Learn What to Do 11. Supporting Assessment Efforts 12. Keeping Assessment Cost-Effective 13. Collaborating on Assessment 14. Valuing Assessment and the People Who Contribute Part IV. the Assessment Toolbox 15. Designing Rubrics to Plan and Assess Assignments 16. Creating Effective Assignments 17. Writing Multiple Choice and Other Traditional Tests 18. Assembling Evidence of Student Learning into Portfolios 19. Selecting Published Instruments 20. Other Assessment Tools 21. Assessing the Hard-to-Assess Part V. Understanding and Using Evidence of Student Learning 22. Setting Appropriately Rigorous Standards and Targets 23. Summarizing and Storing Evidence of Student Learning 24. Analyzing Evidence of Student Learning 25. Sharing Evidence of Student Learning 26. Using Evidence of Student Learning to Inform Important Decisions References Index
LINDA SUSKIE is an internationally recognized writer, speaker, trainer, and consultant on assessment in higher education. Her previous positions included serving as Vice President at the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, Associate Vice President for Assessment and Institutional Research at Towson University, and Director of the Assessment Forum of the American Association for Higher Education (AAHE).
THE ACCLAIMED, COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE TO STUDENT LEARNING ASSESSMENT, REVISED AND UPDATED Now in its third edition, Assessing Student Learning continues to offer college faculty and administrators an accessible and authoritative guide for assessing student learning in a variety of higher education settings. Linda Suskie—an internationally recognized expert—presents a wealth of well-informed principles as well as flexible, adaptable options. This book is a time-tested, straightforward guide filled with practical advice that can help meet ever-increasing needs for ensuring and demonstrating educational quality, stewardship, and accountability. Thoroughly revised and updated, the third edition highlights the latest thinking on student learning assessment. This edition now offers guidance on how to assess student learning in targeted settings such as: the classroom, general education curricula, undergraduate and graduate programs, and co-curricular and student development programs. It also reviews current research on rubrics and offers new chapters on curriculum design and on assessing the hard-to-assess. In addition, the third edition offers greatly expanded suggestions for building a meaningful, pervasive, and cost-effective culture of assessment, and it presents a broader variety of strategies to help guide and coordinate successful assessment efforts. The third edition also offers fresh ideas on setting standards and targets for student performance and on how to summarize, analyze, share, and use evidence of student learning. Written both for those familiar with assessment and for those just getting started, Assessing Student Learning provides an essential guide to every aspect of the assessment process.
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