Assessment & Assessment Instrument

Assessment: Simply stated, in this section you want to list your outcome/learning objectives as questions. You want to assess if you have achieved your outcomes. Consider the proposal example outcomes:

What do you expect to learn from this independent study? What are your outcomes/learning objectives? As a result of this study, I will be able to:

  • Identify themes and images used to “advertise” women’s’ roles in the 1950s.
  • Compare and contrast image and text used to “describe” women’s roles in the 1950s.
  • Use textual analysis to conduct research.
  • Write a fifteen page paper; including findings and evidence supporting conclusions

Written as questions, your outcomes will become the criteria for your assessment instrument:

  • Are themes and images used to “advertise” women’s’ roles in the 1950s identified in the study?
  • Are image and text used to “describe” women’s roles in the 1950s compared and contrasted in the study?
  • Is textual analysis used to conduct research?
  • Are findings and evidence supporting conclusions presented in a fifteen page paper?

Assessment Instrument: Your assessment instrument is developed to identify how well (quality) you met the outcomes/learning objectives.  You need to write descriptions of what the performance will look like at each level:

  • The student is able to (description of what advanced performance would look like).
  • The student is able to (description of what proficient performance would look like) but not yet able to (description of advanced performance).
  • The student is able to (description of what developing performance would look like) but not yet able to (description of proficient performance).
  • The student is unable to (basic performance demonstrated).
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Using a rubric is not a requirement. Other types of assessment instruments include:

  • In progress evaluation of student work/understanding
  • Verbal conversations as work is in progress
  • Discussion
  • Guided critique
  • Questionnaire
  • Artist’s statement
  • Peer critique in writing
  • Written analysis
  • Games
  • Interviews
  • Checklist
  • Completion of technique (artwork)
  • Demonstration of skill (artwork)
  • Rubric
  • Written exam

Consult with your faculty adviser for the best assessment approach to use with your independent study.