TALE Center Outcomes Assessment Essentials

TALE Center Outcomes Assessment Essentials


The  Teaching and Learning Enhancement (TALE) Center at Bloomsburg University has developed an Outcomes Assessment webpage. Particularly helpful are the five Outcomes Assessment Essentials documents, specifically written for Bloomsburg University faculty:

  • Outcomes Assessment Essentials No. 1: Articulate Goals, Objectives, Outcomes
    Identifies methods departments can adopt to develop learning goals; compares learning goal statements to identify better practices; provides a list of "action verbs" to write learning goals; provides hyperlinks to useful websites.

  • Outcomes Assessment Essentials No. 2: Types of Outcomes Assessment Measures
    Defines direct and indirect measures; provides a list of both kinds of measures; explains the advantages of course-embedded assessment; explains add-on and value-added assessment methods; identifies "four characteristics of useful assessment"; addresses faculty concerns about assessment; includes hyperlinks.

  • Outcomes Assessment Essentials No. 3: Assessment Audit
    Helps programs and departments identify how they may already be doing outcomes assessment; lists a number of questions that departments should ponder when they complete the audit; specifically raises questions for BU faculty to consider and makes references to the General Education Guidelines.
  • Outcomes Assessment Essentials No 4: Test Blueprinting, A Course-Embedded Tool
    Defines test blueprinting and explains how student scores on individual test items can be used to report outcomes. It explains advantages to learning, teaching, and writing objective exams by demonstrating the link between test items and student learning objectives. Of course, how test blueprinting can be use to report course or program-level outcomes assessment is also explained. In addition, you may find this Test Blueprint Template (Microsoft Word 2010) useful.
  • Outcomes Assessment Essentials No. 5: Rubrics, A Course-Embedded Tool
    Briefly discusses why accrediting bodies believe grades in isolation cannot be used to report outcomes, but that assignment grades linked to rubrics can be. Briefly explains how rubrics can be advantageous to teaching and learning as well as outcomes assessment. Describes the steps to creating criteria-based rubrics. You may also want to watch the following tutorial, Rubric Basics.