Course Assessment Methods


Methods of Assessment are a critical component of the Assessment Cycle. The creation of a viable assessment method is complementary to the creation of its outcome. Furthermore, without viable assessment methods, faculty will not be capable of assessing students’ mastery of an outcome, nor will faculty be able to call on robust data sets that inform program planning decisions, including resource allocation, and improvements across campus. 

A course SLO methodology is defined as the means by which faculty assess course SLOs. All course sections are expected to be assessed each semester that they are offered and the ASLO subcommittee is recommending that those assessments occur via Canvas. Using Canvas to assess course SLOs provides your department with the benefits of automating assessment and collecting data that can be disaggregated for meaningful analysis and actions to improve student learning. SLO assessment results from Canvas are displayed for full-time faculty in Tableau Dashboards and are disaggregated by mode of delivery, student ethnicity, and student gender.  

Criteria/Expected Level of Achievement 

The results for each course SLO should meet or exceed an expected level of achievement of 70%. This expected level of achievement was approved for all courses by the ASLO Subcommitee.  

Course 1: Sample SLO Assessment 

CANVAS RUBRIC (essay, skill performance, etc.): Use a standard course, discipline or department rubric to determine students’ proficiency level. Students assessed should achieve an expected level of achievement of 70% on each assessment.

Course 2: Sample SLO Assessment 

CANVAS QUIZ: Use a standardized course quiz to determine students’ proficiency level. Assessed students should achieve an expected level of achievement of 70% on each assessment.