Program assessment in the current moment

There are many possibilities for conducting assessment in the current moment. We've listed a few options below, including some specific examples using the same organization as the SAS Program Assessment Report Form (Question about student learning; Methods; Findings; Plans for Use).

Gather information about the impact of remote instruction

You may choose to examine specific aspects of student performance in the remote environment that will be relevant to future teaching and curriculum development.

Take advantage of the remote environment

In the remote environment, students are generating new types of documentation of their work ("artifacts"), including discussion forum posts, breakout room activities, and participation in “clicker”-type polls. These novel artifacts may give you a clearer picture of students' ability to engage in activities like reasoned debate or teamwork; they may also enable you to more closely examine how students' mastery develops over time.

Examine demographic disparities in student learning outcomes

Program assessment can also provide you with a more specific understanding of any demographic disparities in student learning outcomes in your program. This is vital information your program can use in making plans to address those disparities.

If you're interested in pursuing this, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The Office of Undergraduate Education can help you to access demographic data and analyze the relationship between demographics and student learning outcomes. We can also connect you with resources to draw on as your department makes plans to address disparities.

If you use Canvas, take advantage of its built-in tools

Canvas has a number of tools that make it quicker and easier to grade and provide feedback on student work, including the rubrics tool. If your instructors use rubrics in Canvas, it's possible to collect student learning outcome results without creating additional work for instructors. This option does take some initial set-up; if you're interested, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.!

Emulate other successful assessment efforts

In prior years, SAS departments have used program assessment in many ways to inform evidence-based decision-making about their programs. Below please find a few notable examples.