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FACULTY DEVELOPMENT: ASSESSMENT

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How to Write Program Objectives/ Outcomes

The VERB

"Perhaps the biggest flaw in most instructors' learning objectives is that they don't contain a measurable action verb. The following list includes some of the more commonly used measurable verbs, grouped by their place in Bloom's Taxonomy of Educational Objectives for the cognitive domain"

Evaluation

Assess, Choose, Convince, Critique, Decide, Defend, Determine, Estimate, Judge, Justify, Measure, Predict, Prioritize, Prove, Rate, Recommend, Select, Test

Synthesis

Compose, Construct, Create, Design, Develop, Explain, Integrate, Invent, Make, Manage, Modify, Prepare, Write

Analysis

Analyze, Compare, Contrast, Criticize, Differentiate, Infer, Organize, Select

Application

Apply, Demonstrate, Examine, Interpret, Predict, Produce, Relate, Solve, Use

Comprehension

Compare, Contrast, Discuss, Distinguish, Explain, Identify, Summarize

Knowledge

Define, Describe, Find, Identify, List, Name, Recall, Recognize

 (--from DePaul University's Faculty Instructional Technology Services)

Formative and Summative Assessments

Formative Assessment: takes place throughout the semester. Its aim is to track students' progress and inform instruction.

Summative Assessment: takes place at the end of the semester (Final Exam). Its aim is to measure students' overall understanding and achievements.

Authentic Assessment Glossary

Non-Academic Program Assessment

The MSU Assessment Office created this video series aimed at Murray State University faculty and staff responsible for program assessment. This playlist is aimed at assessing academic programs.

Non-Academic Program Assessment

The MSU Assessment Office created this video series aimed at Murray State University faculty and staff responsible for program assessment. This playlist is aimed at assessing non-academic programs.