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Glossary

  1. learning objective - a statement of the desired knowledge or skills faculty wish for students to obtain through a course; these are stated on the master syllabus for all courses
  2. learning outcome - a statement of the desired knowledge or skills faculty wish for students to obtain through an academic program; student achievement of these is measured through the program assessment plan; the term is often used synonymously with learning objective though at MSU Denver we distinguish between learning outcomes at the program level and learning objectives at the course level
  3. program assessment - gathering and interpretation of data regarding collective student experiences in an academic or other program
  4. feedback loop - use of assessment findings to improve curricula or programs intended to enhance student learning
  5. direct measure - evidence which demonstrates student achievement of a learning objective, generally a student work product or performance
  6. indirect measure - perception of achievement of a learning objective, generally via student self-report
  7. course-embedded assessment - student work products (or artifacts) generated for purposes of a course assignment, exam or other activity are also used for program assessment purposes
  8. rubric - a set of criteria to which levels of performance are attached and clearly described, often used for rating or scoring student work products

 


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