Designing Assessment into the Curriculum: A Systematic Approach

By Jay M. Lightfoot.

Published by The Learner Collection

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Educational accountability demands that educational programs not only be concerned with teaching students a body of knowledge, but also with ensuring that those students actually learned the material. This is normally done through assessment of learning. Since curricula are typically not designed with assessment in mind, this causes a potential mismatch between what is taught and what is assessed. This paper describes and demonstrates a process to correct this problem by designing assessment into the curriculum. It does this through a progressive series of intuitive spreadsheets and interactive graphics intended to align institution-level objectives to course-level objectives. These tools can also be used to improve and modify existing curricula. This is a pragmatic, generalized approach that uses readily available software tools to solve a common problem faced by many educational institutions.

Keywords: Assessment of Learning, Curriculum Redesign, Assessment Design, Objective Alignment

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 17, Issue 2, pp.285-298. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 4.701MB).

Dr. Jay M. Lightfoot

Professor, Monfort College of Business, University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, Colorado, USA

Jay M. Lightfoot is a Professor of Computer Information Systems in the Monfort College of Business. He graduated with a Ph.D. in Management Science/Information Systems from the University of Colorado in 1990. His current research interests include web-based education systems, assurance of learning curriculum design, and database systems for business applications. Dr. Lightfoot has been selected as the college scholar on two occasions and also received the University of Northern Colorado Academic Excellence Award for Teaching Excellence. He has been published in numerous scholarly journals including “IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management”, the “Journal of Educational Multimedia and Hypermedia”, the “Journal of Educational Technology Systems”, and the “Journal of Informatics Education and Research”.


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