As part of the work of the Division of Student Affairs Assessment Committee, a Workshop for all Student Affairs staff was presented on October 24, 2013. Joanna Boeing Bratton, Ed.M., Research Analyst in the Office of Assessment, conducted the session entitled “Types of Assessments”. She explained what makes an effective assessment, which included systematic, ongoing and cumulative work. There are Direct assessment measures that should be focused work on 3 -5 learning outcomes per year. These utilize pre & post evaluating, using standardized tests or locally developed tests. Each of these have their pro’s and con’s. Indirect assessment measures are opinions or thoughts about a perception about an experience.
Focus groups are a good tool for indirect measuring. These can provide valuable in depth input. However, it can be labor intensive. Rubrics are and indirect measure used to judge the quality of the rubric. The 4 parts of a rubric are: content & coverage, clarity, practicality, and technical quality / fairness.
Analyzing the results for qualitative data provides information related to relationships, similarities and contradictions. On the other hand, quantitative data provides descriptive and inferential statistical analysis.
Joanna also provided supportive handouts which further explain types of rubrics, score summaries and using focus groups.
Overall, she is fantastic, and provided easy to follow information on these topics.
For those staff members who may have missed the presentation, here is a link to watch a recording: http://youtu.be/a1sOspXGwDI