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