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Examples & Resources

To help programs as they begin their assessment process or refine their assessment methods, we provide examples of effective assessment at Drake University as well as resources to help assess academic programs and the general education curriculum.

Examples of effective assessment at Drake University

Note: All examples are taken from the 2017-18 college/school program assessment reports

· Guided Inquiry The History program used Guided Inquiry Protocol to have an intentional conversation about its learning outcomes centered on specific samples of student work from the capstone.

· Embedded AssessmentThe Data Analytics program uses specific assignment embedded within the curriculum as evidence of student’s achievement of learning outcomes.

· Use of Rubrics The MBA program uses rubrics to identify target levels of performance for their students and to diagnose why students might perform below proficiency.

· Closing the Loop The STEM Education program identifies program actions to improve student learning that address the specific gaps that the program identified.

Resources for General Education Assessment

AOI Rubrics. AOI faculty developed AOI rubrics not only for use in general education assessment, but also for use or adaptation by AOI faculty in their related AOI courses. 

Artistic Experience

Critical Thinking

Global & Cultural Understanding

Information Literacy

Quantitative Literacy

Scientific Literacy

Written Communication

Resources for Program Assessment


· Collaborative Guided Inquiry The Guided Inquiry Protocol is an assessment framework that provides opportunity for faculty to discuss student work in an intentional way centered around learning outcomes.

· Curriculum Mapping A curriculum map allows a program to visually represent and align the program’s student learning outcomes to the program’s course progression, and allows the program to see how a student’s skills and abilities might progressively accumulate throughout the curriculum.

· Understanding by Design/Backwards Design. The Understanding by Design (UbD®) framework was created by Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe to guide faculty to develop and implement a curriculum built around learning outcomes.

Overview of the UBD Framework 
UBD Template

·Co-curricular Programs Assessment Worksheet The Council on Leadership Development developed an assessment worksheet to help co-curricular programs walk through how to assess one of their program’s learning outcomes.


Resources for Classroom/Course Assessment

· Classroom Assessment Techniques Handout OIRA holds an annual workshop for new faculty on some formative classroom assessment techniques that can help faculty gain useful feedback to make changes in their courses.

· Integrative Assignment Design This assignment design worksheet helps faculty design purposeful and integrative learning experiences that are connected to learning outcomes.

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