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Stage 5: Collect and Analyze Data

The data collected must be aggregated and analyzed with feedback provided to students.  For the purposes of institutional improvements, it is generally more reliable to have more than one assessor.  As with most data collection, standard procedure to improve reliability and validity of results should be followed.

It is always important to remember that the primary goal of assessment of learning is to help students improve and must be an integral part of the learning process.  Students should be exposed to the language of assessment in their courses and understand how assessment of objectives in courses is related to overall learning goals for their program.  Rubrics used for assessment should be provided to and discussed with students prior to the assessment activity.

© Dr. Karen Shumway