New Orleans, Louisiana
June 26, 2016
June 26, 2016
June 29, 2016
Two Year College Division
It is desirable to educators, and important for students, that a sound outcomes assessment methodology be employed in technology-based and hands-on intensive courses to measure and ensure that requisite competencies are obtained by students. It is expected that a working knowledge of these important competencies can help a two-year college graduate more effectively demonstrate mastery of the necessary skills and knowledge, and therefore add more value to a potential employer’s operations. While assessment of student learning can be straightforward for general education courses, meaningful measurement of student learning within the context of technology-based and hands-on curricula are often more difficult. However, several elements of an assessment methodology can be employed that are helpful in measuring student learning according to preset benchmarks, when student learning is demonstrated in such environments. Important assessment elements include a sound understanding of the relevant competencies to be gained, the formulation of descriptive outcome statements, the setting of realistic benchmarks, and the implementation of repeatable measurement techniques. A feedback mechanism, for the purpose of continuous improvement whether or not the predetermined benchmark is met, is also a key element. The effective use of these elements are outlined and developed within the context of technology-based and hands-on course delivery in two-year colleges, and with a strong focus on measuring and reporting student learning.
Spang, D. I., & Strang, K. E. (2016, June), A Student Outcomes Assessment Methodology for Technology-Based and Hands-On Intensive Curricula Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.26196
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