June 14, 2015
June 14, 2015
June 17, 2015
Engineering Design Graphics
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Development and Implementation of an Automated Course and Program Assessment Tool (ACAT)Higher education assessment is typically addressed at three levels: course, program, andinstitution. The assessment process identifies data measurements that, if performed manually,would require significant effort. Commercial products that aid parts of the assessment processexist but may not fully support legacy systems. A developmental Automated Course AssessmentTool (ACAT), tailored to the needs of the authors’ institution, is being developed.The tool automatically connects to the existing Learning Management System (LMS), removingpotential duplicate entry errors. The tool also automatically computes course outcomes and theassociated weighted mapping of performance indicators, removing the time- consuming burdenfrom educators. The tool performs basic statistical analysis, correlation studies and automaticallygenerates an assessment summary table. The tool optionally takes into account “No SubmitAnalysis” when generating statistical results.The preliminary work for this project was presented at the 69th Engineering Design GraphicsDivision Midyear Meeting in October 2014. Additional features and functionality are beingadded, including time series analysis for semester-by-semester comparison of student success inmeeting course learning outcomes, augmenting the LMS database to include future plans forcourse improvement, overall outcomes assessment based on weightings, and product integrationfor assessment of program-level outcomes. The tool will be beta tested on data collected in thefall 2014 semester. The results of the ACAT application for freshmen and senior engineeringdesign courses will be included.
Kostar, T. D., & Glossner, J., & Marquis, L., & Bertozzi, N. (2015, June), Development and Implementation of an Automated Course and Program Assessment Tool (ACAT) Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.23851
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