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Software-based Assessment Method for Student Learning Outcomes and Program Outcomes AbstractMany articles have been published for course and program assessment in preparation for ABET/TACevaluations. There is no single method to accomplish course and program assessment. In this paper, adetailed method is described to conduct such assessments by considering the contribution of each courseassignment to the student learning outcomes for that course, and of each course to program outcomes.The method uses a software program to enter course grade data semi-real-time during the semester, andto observe student progress throughout the semester. Each course is managed by the instructor teachingthe course. The instructor, based on student scores, can choose to stress those topics in which thestudents perform weakly to assure that the related student learning outcomes are achieved at theconclusion of the course. The method reveals strengths and weaknesses of the students based onassignment scores that are correlated to the achievement of each course learning outcome.To utilize the method for the assessment of program level outcomes, the method must be adopted by theentire faculty involved in teaching and the department or program. Each faculty member completesinformation about assignments and how those assignments relate to their course's student learningoutcomes. In addition, each faculty maps the course learning outcomes to program outcomes. Then, thesoftware automatically combines the data from all faculty to reveal strenghts and weaknesses in theprogram learning outcomes. The results can then be utilized to close the loop in education, byincorporating the necessary modifications to the courses in the curriculum and start a continuousimprovement cycle. In this paper the mapping process of assignments to student learning outcomes andprogram outcomes, and combination of each course data to reveal strengths and weaknesses in thecurriculum in achieving ABET/TAC criteria are presented with examples.
Mehrubeoglu, M., & Verma, S. (2011, June), Software-Based Assessment Method for Student Learning Outcomes and Program Outcomes Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--18661
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