The Office of Institutional Performance and Assessment has developed multiple Quick Guides to aid faculty and staff with various parts of the IE Assessment process. These resources are intended to be used by individuals who are already familiar with the outcomes assessment and reporting and are looking for a quick refresh, or by those who are new to the process and are looking for a brief set of directions to complete a specific task. Along with each Quick Guide below are further resources to reference for more detailed information.
Using the IE Portal
The following Quick Guide is intended for experienced IE Portal users and provides a short set of instructions for entering outcomes results, new outcomes, and new assessment plans.
For step-by-step, detailed instructions on performing common tasks in the IE Portal, please see the full IE Portal User Guide for your unit type.
Writing Assessment Reports for Educational Programs
The following Quick Guide is intended for academic degree and certificate programs who are in the process of, or starting to, draft their annual assessment results report. The guide provides a short overview of each of the key fields and examples that reflect best practices.
For more details on each part of the results report, please see the Educational Programs Handbook (pages 41-47 for SLOs, and 52-55 for POs).
Best Practices for Improvement Actions
The following Quick Guide is intended for academic degree and certificate programs who are analyzing their assessment results and formulating plans to improve teaching and learning. The guide provides a list of some common changes aimed at improving the assessment process, instructional materials, and pedagogical approaches, at fine-tuning the learning targets, and at updating learning outcomes.
For more information on Improvement Actions, please see the Educational Programs Handbook (pgs. 43-47).
Where to Start as a New Educational Program
The following Quick Guide is intended for new academic degree and certificate programs and provides a quick overview on formulating program outcomes and student learning outcomes, describing their assessment process, and establishing numeric targets.
For more information on the outcomes assessment, please see the Educational Programs Handbook. You can also sign-up to attend one of the training sessions organized by the IPA Office. Additional resources available that incorporate best practices in assessment include Mapping Student Learning Outcomes, and Using Rubrics to Assess Student Learning.
(Re)Starting Educational Program Assessment
The following Quick Guide is intended for academic degree and certificate programs who want to establish a new and/or stronger approach to outcomes assessment. This resource only describes the first 3 steps in the (re)starting process.
For more information on the outcomes assessment, please see the Educational Programs Handbook.
Selecting and Assessing Program Outcomes
The following Quick Guides are focused on Program Outcomes, which are non-curricular goals of the academic units. When choosing new Program Outcomes and/or improving their assessment processes, educational programs should consider selecting one of the Program Outcomes from the recommended list. They may be adapted as is or adjusted to meet specific needs.
Below are step-by-step instructions on requesting OBI role access for the Graduation Analysis dashboard and the Student Academic Plan Summary Dashboard.
To use the Graduation Analysis OBI Dashboard and/or the Student Academic Plan Summary Dashboard to report Program Outcomes results, please follow the instructions below.
Using Canvas to Assess Student Learning Outcomes
The following Quick Guide provides step-by-step instructions on how to create an unweighted and hidden assignment in the canvas gradebook to document student performance on Student Learning Outcomes assessed in that course.
For instructions on how to use the Canvas Outcomes tool, please see the two Quick Guides below. Reach out to email@example.com if you plan to start using this feature for assessment of academic degree and/or certificate programs.