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