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NILOA invites faculty, staff, and administrators to author Assessment in Practice (AiP) pieces. These short and informative examples showcase meaningful assessment processes and practices from the field that can inform assessment activities at other institutions. The Assessment in Practice publications are organized by topic area. Click on each banner to expand the selection and access each resource. 

If you would like to submit an assessment process or practice for consideration as an Assessment in Practice piece, please email NILOA’s Communication Coordinator, Erick Montenegro: montene1@illinois.edu  

Latest Assessment in Practice

Is This Thing On,
or Am I Wasting My Time?:

Using Faculty Development and Employer Engagement in Assessment

Patty Zuccarello
Joliet Junior College

Over time, Career and Technical Education programs can become disconnected from the marketplace they were initially designed to serve. Joliet Junior College piloted a Faculty Learning Community to give faculty an opportunity to take a deep dive into their programs’ health and design. The FLC was structured via a quasi-course that met weekly and featured assignments aimed to improve faculty’s program design skills using principles of Human Performance Technology and Backward Course Design. Integral to the work of the FLC was to harvest and integrate employer feedback in the development of program-level objectives and to ensure these objectives tied to market demands. Read more…

Actively Engaging Undergraduate Students
in the Assessment Process

Jessica M. Turos
Bowling Green State University

Oftentimes we think of assessment in terms of how are we going to assess student learning. Focusing on developing a culture of assessment, Bowling Green State University wanted to expand this mindset and more intentionally involve undergraduate students in the assessment process. For students involved in the assessment process, there is documented evidence of increased engagement and awareness, enhanced understanding of learning, and increased diversity of voices in the teaching and learning process. Intentionally involving students in assessment is beneficial not only for students, but also for institutions who gain insight and a student perspective about learning, development, and engagement.  Read more…

Swarat, S., & Wrynn, A. M. (2018, July). Assessment with benefits: Faculty engagement and community building through GE assessment. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois and Indiana University, National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA).

Beauchman, M., & Waldenberger, S. (2017, September). Assessing general education: Identifying outcomes, data analysis, and improvements. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois and Indiana University, National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA).

Faleski, M. & Handley-Miller, B. (2017, September). General education at Delta College: Guided conversations toward relevant assessment. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois and Indiana University, National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA).

Hines, R., & Henderson, A. (2017, September). Relationship between general education course sequence and student success. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois and Indiana University, National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA).

Turos, J. M. (2020, March). Actively engaging undergraduate students in the assessment process. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois and Indiana University, National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA).

Zuccarello, P. (2020, March). Is this thing on, or am I wasting my time?: Using faculty development and employer engagement in assessment. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois and Indiana University, National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA).

Kruizenga-Muro, D., & Whitton, J. (2018, September). Escape! How to build faculty assessment teams through the use of escape rooms. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois and Indiana University, National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA).

Truncale, N. P., Chalk, E. D., Pellegrino, C., & Kemmerling, J. (2018, March). Implementing a student assessment scholars program: Students engaging in continuous improvement. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois and Indiana University, National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA).

Campbell, J., Fernandez, G., & Rivera, J. (2016, February). An assessment fellows program model. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois and Indiana University, National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA).

Townsend, L., & Tracy, P. (2018, February). Using backward design and the assignment design charrette model for quality enhancement. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois and Indiana University, National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA).

Félix, A. (2017, March). A college where adjuncts are not just add-ons.  Urbana, IL: University of Illinois and Indiana University, National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA).

Nunn-Ellison, K., Kapka, L., Myers, J., McGrew, H., Bernheisel, J., & Cutler, J. (2015, January). Practice what you preach! Urbana, IL: University of Illinois and Indiana University, National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA).

Mathews, L. (2019, September). An outcomes based approach to career development (Assessment in Practice). Urbana, IL: University of Illinois and Indiana University, National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA).

Dorimé-Williams, M., Carlson, E., & Shults, C. (2017, July). Developing systematic assessment practices for administrative, educational, and student support (AES) units. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois and Indiana University, National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA).

Grant, K. (2016, September). The development of a student affairs assessment structure. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois and Indiana University, National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA).

Hynes, S., Pope, M., Loughlin, P., & Watkins, S. (2015, October). The Student transformative learning record at the University of Central Oklahoma: A commitment to improving student learning. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois and Indiana University, National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA).

Escobar, H., & Gauder, H. (2015, May). On the “write” path to student learning: Library and writing center collaboration. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois and Indiana University, National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA).

Parker, H.E. (2015, April). Digital badges as effective assessment tools. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois and Indiana University, National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA).

Cruise-Harper, C. (2015, February). Measuring student learning in the cocurricular: Developing an assessment plan for student affairs. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois and Indiana University, National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA).

Moore, B. D. (2020, February). Designing & aligning learning outcome assessments for academic programs: Proficiencies that students are expected to demonstrate—Learning institutions are expected to authenticate. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois and Indiana University, National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA).

Reneau, F. H., & Howse, M. (2019, October). Trekking towards sustainable excellence through systematic outcomes assessment. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois and Indiana University, National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA).

Biaer, S. T. (2019, February). Assessing learning communities based on program outcomes and the eight characteristics of high-impact practices. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois and Indiana University, National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA).

Riccio, J., Slocum, P., & Sokolski, P. (2018, December). Hands on with digital communication! Urbana, IL: University of Illinois and Indiana University, National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA).

Fulcher, K. H., Ames, A. J., & Hawk, W. J. (2018, May). Ethical reasoning: Assessing a critical thinking skill. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois and Indiana University, National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA).

Amidon, J., & Ortloff, D. (2017, September). How an outcomes-based curriculum enables authentic assessment. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois and Indiana University, National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA).

Lathe, T., Strickland-Davis, S., & Bouton, D. (2017, September). From the first day of the first class, to the last day of the last class: Ensuring a pathway of critical core skill attainment for community college students. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois and Indiana University, National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA).

Garemio, M., Benson, S., & Schoepp, K. (2017, April). The PLAIR pilot project: Perspectives from BSc in public health and nutrition, Zayed University. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois and Indiana University, National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA).

van Staden, C. (2016, May). Social network analysis as method to assess collaboration. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois and Indiana University, National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA).

Hussain, W., & Addas, M. F. (2016, April). Digitally automated assessment of outcomes classified per Bloom’s Three Domains and based on frequency and types of assessments. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois and Indiana University, National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA).

Al-Lail, H. J., & Oudghiri, H. (2016, March). Assessment of student learning outcomes based on institutional core values. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois and Indiana University, National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA).

Marzetti, H. L. (2015, November). Leading enhancement in assessment and feedback at the University of Edinburgh. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois and Indiana University, National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA).

Buttner, A. C. (2015, September). Finding the way in the assessment landscape: Developing an effective assessment map. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois and Indiana University, National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA).

Lyons, J., & Polychronopoulos, G. (2018, June). Triennial assessment as an alternative to annual assessment. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois and Indiana University, National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA).

Booth, S. (2018, April). The peer review portal: Using an online college of peers network and collaborator role for reporting professional accreditation, course accreditation and assessment activity. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois and Indiana University, National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA).

Larkin, M. J., & Larkin, G. R. (2017, December). Achieving excellence in data visualization. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois and Indiana University, National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA).

Brown, C. L. (2017, November). Library PECConomics. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois and Indiana University, National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA).

Robinson, C., Frederick, J. G., Demeter, E., Pettazzoni, J., Jost, M., McNelis, E.,& Soler, M. (2017, June). The University of North Carolina System’s adoption of the NILOA Transparency Framework. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois and Indiana University, National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA).

Blasi, L. (2015, March). Growing a shared understanding and collaborative process using qualitative research methods to design a learning assessment outcomes reporting tool. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois and Indiana University, National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA).